Here’s a crazy piece of trivia for you today…
One of the BIGGEST indications of how long you’ll live isn’t the condition of your heart, and it won’t be found in a scan of your brain.
It’s not your age… your habits… your weight… your bank account… or your zip code either.
It’s something you can check, right now, with a pair of shoes and a stopwatch.
Because studies show time and time again that seniors who shuffle along slowly have the highest risk of kicking off sooner… while seniors who move like they’re late for dinner with a supermodel live longer.
Now, here’s something even crazier for you: There’s a way to boost that speed that you’d NEVER guess.
It’s not a newer, faster shoe… and it’s not an intensive “leg day” workout program.
It’s a type of VEGETABLE!
ADD muscle to your legs and SPEED to your walk
New research out of Australia finds certain greens, especially spinach, can deliver an almost magical power when it comes to leg muscle.
Over 11 years, seniors who had just 3 ounces of these kinds of greens had 11 percent more leg strength.
More strength means more speed, and as a result they also cooked along 4 percent faster on walking tests.
Adding 4 percent to your speed may not win you any races.
But it COULD help you keep one step ahead of the Grim Reaper – and when you consider that this little speed boost comes with literally ZERO effort, there’s no reason not to take advantage of it.
So why spinach?
It’s a special little compound that’s not just good for your legs… but your whole body, especially your blood vessels and cardiovascular health.
And for my money, this hidden compound is better than ANY statin drug out there: Nitrates.
Your body converts those nitrates into nitric oxide, which then rush through your blood vessels, helping them to open wide and keep flexible.
Picture the lights going on down a long corridor.
That’s the nitric oxide, doing its work in the “corridors” of your body – but instead of light, it brings with it a rush of blood and oxygen.
It helps the heart pump, the brain charge and your legs move… and as the new study shows, they’re essential to muscle and can help you move a little faster, too.
Spinach has some of the highest levels, but you’ll also find those nitrates in lettuce, cabbage, kale and bok choy, among others.
But don’t stop there when it comes to keeping your muscles, in your legs or anywhere else for that matter.
Be sure to get plenty of protein, especially from meat and dairy, and if you find you’re not quite as strong as you should be despite your efforts, consider a supplement of branched-chain amino acids, or BCAAs.
You can find them in either whey protein, which you can mix into water or milk, or capsules.