Do you want to live longer and better? There are simple changes to your day you can make to do just that. Some of those are changing your diet and exercise in a way that is customized to your body’s needs and conditions. With both professional help and the right changes at home, you can live better and extend your life!
Some elderly have no ailments or chronic conditions whatsoever, while others have too many to count. Is there a way to help diminish your risk for those chronic conditions as you age? Yes! Those same habits are also the ones that will help you to live longer.
The average lifespan is 79 years. People are actually living longer than people did in the 1970s. Life expectancy is up by 8% since that time. Also reported through statistical data is that women tend to live longer than men, at least up until about age 70. After that time, men and women start dying at about the same rate. However, you don’t have to look at your seventies as your last years.
Now, more than ever, people are living longer and longer. Part of that is thanks to advancing medicine and technology fields. Part of it is also due to the emphasis that is now placed on diet and exercise that just wasn’t emphasized in the past. Some people live well past 100 years old, with the oldest recorded person being 119 years old when she died (Sarah Knauss, 1880-1999). While you may not live to be past 100, you can sure try with a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.
You really are what you eat. If you only put nutrient-poor foods in your body, you can expect to have health problems. The modern American diet is processed, greasy and sugary fast foods that are nutrient-poor. Remember that your body is a machine. The fuel you put in it will determine how long, fast and how well that machine runs.
The human body needs a diet full of all the 6 essential nutrients: fats, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and water. These provide the energy source for your body and the nutrition cells need to repair and regenerate. A healthy diet includes veggies, fruits, whole grains, protein sources and some healthy fats (like nuts). Sugar should be eaten very sparingly, as should any greasy or processed foods.
Poor nutrition leads to problems like:
This list also is not exhaustive. There are so many problems that can be caused by poor eating! If you feel like you are in poor health, start by fixing your diet.
You simply can’t live long without exercise. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week to stay healthy. Doing more can keep you fit and strong. Split up, that’s only 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week. The World Health Organization reports that those who reach this recommendation can add 3.5-4.5 extra years to their life. Exercise not only keeps all your tissues and bones strong, but it improves circulation, which brings oxygen and nutrients to cells all over the body. It keeps your weight down, which helps you avoid chronic diseases, and exercise can keep your brain active.
You can diet and exercise really well and still be saddled with chronic ailments that can shorten your life. This can be due to genetics, which is a major determining factor in how long and how well you will live. If you know that certain chronic conditions or diseases run in your family, make sure you schedule medical checkups. Some genetic conditions include:
This list is definitely not exhaustive. If you have one of these conditions or if they run in your family, start early on proper prevention and treatment. Those who do can expect to keep their symptoms controlled better and can experience less organ and tissue damage in their bodies.
Want to have a longer life? Set goals now to achieve it! A great way to make a healthy change in your life is to write down your goals. List areas you need to focus on and plans to help get you to where you want to go. If you want to avoid specific chronic conditions, center your plan of action around lifestyle choices that will avoid the problem. Goals that are written down and somewhere you can see them are ones that are more likely to be accomplished.
Other ways you can help lengthen your life and happiness include:
If it’s hard for you to stick to your goals alone, get help. Call Back2Health today at (843) 405-0025 to start a custom health plan!