The Science Behind a Long and Vital Life
Aging is a process that none of us can stop but plenty of us try to slow down. So what does it come down to? And how can we modify our external factors?
Genetics - Unfortunately not much you can do to change this! But what you can do is take hold of the narrative. Talk with your family, stay aware of your personal and familial health risks, and bring these up with your team of health care providers. This way they can help guide you and provide suggestions for minimizing risks. Knowledge is power and will guide your decision making.
Sleep - Even though I've said it before, I'm just going to go ahead and reinforce how important adequate sleep is to cell regeneration and hormonal balance. Although it can be hard to do, set up good habits surrounding bedtime and don't let yourself get sleep deprived too often.
Stress - Managing stress is also important to maintaining a healthy hormonal balance. This is a particularly important topic in encouraging healthful stress management. That means trying to utilize behaviors such as exercise instead of smoking or drinking excessive alcohol to deal with those tough days.
Food and Drink - Ah yes, the most modifiable aspect of the discussion, and something you get an average of 21 opportunities a week to maximize. So let's talk about the most friendly foods for fighting free radicals (yay, antioxidants), fighting cancer and chronic diseases, and aging gracefully. Some of these superfoods are adapted from Chef and guru of cooking for optimal health, Rebecca Katz' list from her new book, The Longevity Kitchen. Some of them are added on by yours truly based on the science of food that I speak about every day with clients.
Almonds | Asparagus | Avocado | Basil | Black and Green Teas | Berries (all of the above but blueberries and blackberries pack the biggest antioxidant punch) | Cinnamon | Citrus | Coffee | Dark Chocolate | Flaxseed and Chia Seed | Garlic | Grapefruit | Kale | Kimchi | Leeks | Olive Oil | Onion | Pomegranates | Soy | Spinach | Sweet Potato | Thyme | Tomato | Walnuts | Watermelon | Wild Salmon | Yogurt
And most importantly - Water! What would you add to this list? What foods are part of your favorite go-to recipes to help you stay healthy and vital?