Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Stroke Risk Factors: Look at Your Hands and Feet

If you are in middle age and are concerned about stroke risk factors (or dementia risk factors), then a good place to start looking is at your hands and your feet! No kidding!

According to study results presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting, a person's grip strength and walking speed are good predictors of future stroke or dementia later in life. The study included 2,400 adults, who were measured for hand grip strength and walking speed. These 2,400 adults were followed for 11 years, and 34 of them developed dementia while 70 had a stroke.

Stroke Risk Factors: Study Results
The study concluded that people that walked more slowly were one-and-a-half times more likely to develop dementia compared to people who had faster walking speeds. At the same time, stronger hand grip strength meant a 42% lower risk of stoke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) as compared to people with weaker hand grip strength.

At the same time, researchers reported that slower walking speeds were also associated with poorer performance in memory later in life, along with lower total cerebral total brain volume.

So what does this study data mean to you? Nothing different than what you probably already know: Don't be a couch potato, stay fit, and keep an active lifestyle. If you are going to walk from your car to the store, don't shuffle or amble, but walk with energy and a brightness to your step! If you keep an active lifestyle, whether through gardening or workouts at a gym or even just cooking, chances are that you will maintain or even increase your hand strength. And with all of that, you have a decreased propensity for dementia and stroke risk factors!

Other Options for Optimal Brain Function Later in Life
In addition to walking with purpose in your life and keeping your hands strong and healthy, you can also take further steps to keep your brain in good working order now and later in life. You have probably seen the various commercials about online sites where you can "exercise" your brain to keep it active and alert. In addition, there are fun mobile Apps like online Scrabble and other math/verbal apps that challenge your brain.

In terms of supplements, you can also try adding brain foods such as:
  • oysters (they do other wonders for your body too!)
  • whole grains
  • AFA blue-green algae
  • black tea
  • eggs
  • curry
  • berries
  • chocolate
Wow, I vote for chocolate (the good dark organic kind, of course!) for taste. For pure simplicity and results, I love the AFA blue-green algae (this form with the cell wall removed) which I have seen do wonders for brain support for people who need it. Whether these people are facing brain damage or trauma, aging, or senility, the type of algae with the cell wall removed definitely has a supportive effect. Part of the reason is because  this type of algae contains tiny molecules that are at the heart of the algae, and these molecules are small enough to pass through the blood-brain barrier, directly nourishing the brain.

For instance, consider this study (from "Edible Microalgae by Jeffrey Bruno, Ph.D.)
"Researchers at Erasmus University Medical School in the Netherlands conducted a three-year study of 5,100 people between 55 and 95 years of age and found that beta-carotene molecules acted as 'tiny molecular shields' and may provide dramatic protection against the ravages of aging, memory impairment, and general brain damage."

The good news is that AFA blue-green algae contains abundant sources of the beta-carotenes discussed in the study, not to mention plenty of antioxidants. The beauty is that AFA blue green algae is a simple natural solution that is convenient to add to your daily regimen. It literally takes just a few seconds to swallow a couple capsules of the algae, right?

So ... walk with a good stride, keep up you hand strength, eat good chocolate (or whatever strikes your fancy on the list above), add AFA blue-green algae to you diet and you will be doing a lot for your brain and body, not to mention dementia and stroke risk factors! Very cool!

Sources:
Science Daily
American Academy of Neurology
Edible Microalgae, Jeffrey Bruno, Ph.D.



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Thursday, July 25, 2019

How to Rev Your Metabolism

Genetics may play a role in your metabolism rate, but there are metabolism boosting foods you can add to your diet to boost your metabolism. Increase metabolism and you'll burn calories and fat quicker which can help with weight loss. According to Jonny Bowden, PhD who wrote The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, some hormones rev up metabolism and some slow it down and the body uses food to produce these hormones. Eating certain foods can produce hormones that will increase metabolism. Take a look at some foods that can help boost metabolism.

Peppers
Yellow peppers are rich in vitamin C which a significant number of Americans are deficient in and according to Carol Johnston, PhD, RD, the associate director of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University, is needed to produce carnitine that increases metabolism and helps muscles produce energy from fat. Another variety of peppers that can help increase metabolism is chili peppers that have capsaicin as well as having vitamin C. The capsaicin is what makes the pepper hot and spicy and can increase the temperature of your body which in turn increases metabolism.

Sesame Seeds
Lignans, a plant chemical found in foods such as sesame seeds, can boost metabolism by revving up the liver enzymes that break down fat. According to Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, sesame seeds also have protein and essential fatty acids that can both boost metabolism.

Metabolism Boosting Drinks
Not only are there certain foods that can boost metabolism, but certain drinks can too. Water is one of the best because any amount of dehydration slows metabolism and drinking cold water makes your body work on increasing the water's temperature to the body temperature. One study reported people drinking between 8 and 12 glasses of water daily showed higher metabolism than those drinking just 4 glasses. Green tea has the phytonutrient EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which increases the production of the hormone that makes you feel full. It can help the body avoid storing fat as well as boost metabolism. Caffeinated coffee is another beverage that can help boost metabolism. One study in Physiology & Behavior reported an increase in metabolism that was 16% more than shown by those drinking decaffeinated coffee.

Chocolate
Dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa can decrease cortisol, the stress hormone. Stress is a condition that slows metabolism down and the caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate can help speed it up. A study in Archives of Internal Medicine reported those eating moderate amounts of chocolate on a regular basis weighed less than those who didn't eat chocolate. One and a half ounces is a good amount to sweeten your day and increase metabolism.

Protein Foods
Eating lean protein foods helps in muscle gain and muscle burns more calories than fat because it takes more energy. Lean meats are a good source of not only protein, but also iron and a lack of iron can slow metabolism down. A cup of lentils can give you 35% of the iron you need daily as well as protein and fiber. Beans are another good source of lean protein and of fiber and since they have resistant starch, as many as half the calories from them aren't absorbed. Egg whites have an amino acid that according to David Grotto, RDN, a Chicago nutritionist, rev up metabolism as well as have protein and vitamin D.

Fiber
Soluble fiber makes you feel fuller, helps lower cholesterol, keeps fat from being absorbed, makes the body work harder to break down, and boosts metabolism. Chia seeds, whole grains and crimini mushrooms are all rich fiber foods. Some of the foods with the highest amounts of fiber are artichokes, split peas, lentils, black beans, raspberries and barley.

Supplement Your Diet
Omega-3 fatty acids help keep blood sugar levels stable and help regulate metabolism. AFA bluegreen algae is high in omega-3 fatty acids as well as being a protein source which can help with muscle building. You can also help boost metabolism by adding more enzymes to your diet between and at meals. This also helps your body get the most nutrition it can out of the foods you eat. Probiotics help your body process and digest the foods you eat and move them through the digestive system. This combination of supplements can help you get those metabolism nutrients talked about in this article when you don't have the time to get them from foods. A convenient way to get bluegreen algae, probiotics and enzymes all together is with these daily packets. Another supplement we find useful for supporting the body's energy production on a cellular level is this alage and ubiquinol supplement loaded with antioxidant properties. It gives you a combination of pure ubiquinol, reishi and oyster mushrooms, polyphenols from olives, and wild AFA bluegreen algae.

Don't settle for a slow metabolism that leaves you counting every calorie you eat. Add some metabolism boosting foods to your diet and take control of your weight, metabolism, and your health.

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Sources:
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/superfoods/fat-fighting-superfoods/
http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/eat-yourself-skinny
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20746339,00.html

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A Better Body with No Gym Required

Exercise is a good way to get a better body and stay fit, and for a lot of other health reasons, but you don't need a gym membership to get into shape. Exercise can help in burning off more weight and increasing heart rate and does lots of good things for your body, but you can work all your muscles and trim down just by doing exercises that use your body weight and gravity at home. For example, doing a standing tubing row exercises the same muscles that a pull-up does and your core muscles too. Other exercises in this category you can do right at home include pull-ups, wide grip push-ups, jump lunges and jump squats. According to Pete McCall, of the American Council on Exercise, using low reps and light weights to exercise can help with losing weight. By engaging in an overall program of cardio and strength training exercises that builds muscle works for weight loss because muscle burns calories even when they are not working. While exercise is undeniably good for weight loss and health in general, there are other ways to get that better body other than exercising.

Other Ways to Stay Fit
Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do to stay fit. By drinking cold water your body burns up more calories warming that water up to body temperature. You also feel fuller by drinking water throughout the day which keeps you from eating between meals. Drinking before you exercise releases hormones that help in muscle building which helps you get the most out of your exercise regimen. In addition to water, drinking green tea boosts your metabolism and gives you antioxidants. Eating breakfast is also important to avoid overeating later in the day when trying to lose weight and according to Rubaum Keller eating small snacks every three hours helps in the same way. Brain Wansink, Ph.D., a Cornell researcher, advises having a breakfast that is high in protein to stay with you longer. Dr. Wansink, also reported a study showing that soft lighting and music can influence people to eat less. For optimal weight loss you also need to make sure you are getting quality sleep. Studies show that people who don't get enough sleep eat about 300 more calories than when they get enough sleep. For some people there are other techniques that can be used to encourage weight loss. These include keeping a food journal to track what and when you eat so you can make choices to adjust your calorie intake, saying out loud before eating that hungry or not you are about to eat something in particular which makes you own up to your eating habits and take responsibility for them, using smaller sized dinner plates, and getting support from friends or a support type group.

Staying fit also means getting the optimal nutrition to fuel the body so it can stay active and have the energy for exercise, nourish it with all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs for good health, and to support immune system function to stay healthy. When you can't get all this from the foods you eat, a supplement program with a full range of nutrition can help. This supplement program gives you some of the most nourishing foods on the planet including marine and freshwater algae, tonic mushrooms, and sprouted grasses and grains as well as probiotics and digestive enzymes. This program is especially good for those on the run as it comes in convenient packets easy to take on the go.

It doesn't have to be hard to get that better body you want. You don't have to go to the expense of joining a gym or work gym time into your already busy schedule. Just work up an exercise routine at home, make a few lifestyle changes, eat a healthy diet, and get extra nutrition from wholefood supplements if needed and you can get the body you want.

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Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ss/slideshow-no-gym-workout?ecd=wnl_wlw_021115&ctr=wnl-wlw-021115_nsl-ld-stry&mb=Xenvmz6dAtHtkRjp7Is6CeHnVev1imbCfXusP2Lh3sM%3d
http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-strategies/no-diet-no-exercise-tips-lose-weight
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/weight-loss-lose-without-exercise_n_3533652.html

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Dem Bones, Dem Bones! The Low Down on Bone Density

To stay active in life, strong bones are vital. The problem is that our bones start becoming thinner as we get older since after age 30 one to two percent of bone is lost each year. As osteoblasts make new bone, osteoclasts break down old bone which puts more calcium into the body, but the breaking down process takes more bone away than we can replace. Bone loss is even worse for women than men since women have bones that are smaller and thinner than men's to begin with. Then during menopause as estrogen production decreases there is less protection against osteoclasts breaking down bone. Osteoporosis is often the result and 80% of people in this country with osteoporosis are women. Osteoporosis occurs when old bone breaks down faster than new bone can be produced. That causes bone to weaken and be more prone to getting broken or fractured. There are ways to help keep your bones strong and increase your bone density that will help you keep your active life on track.

Nutrition for Strong Bones
For strong bones, calcium is absolutely necessary, but studies show that 64% of people in this country do not get enough. Until you reach the age of 50, the recommended amount of calcium is 1000 mg. daily. After that age for women this increases to 1200 mg. and men over 70 also need this increased amount. If you do not get enough calcium in your diet, the body will take calcium from your bones, which causes them to become thinner. Usually when we think of calcium food sources, we think of milk and that's right as milk has 300 mg. in an eight ounce cup, but there are many other food sources to get calcium from. You can get the same amount of calcium in one cup of yogurt as you can in that eight ounce cup of milk and one ounce of Swiss cheese will also give you that much calcium. If you have trouble eating diary due to lactose intolerance, get a lactose-free brand and you'll still get the calcium. There are non-dairy food sources to get calcium from also. These include sardines, tofu, soy, kale, bok choy, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, collard greens, turnip greens and foods such as orange juice or cereals that are fortified with calcium. If you have trouble getting enough calcium into your diet, stay away from salt as it depletes calcium in the body. Also avoid foods that have high amounts of oxalic acid like spinach, sweet potatoes, rhubarb and beans as they interfere with calcium absorption.

In addition to calcium, strong bones require vitamin D. Vitamin D helps in the body absorbing the calcium. Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are not only a good source of vitamin D, but are also full of omega-3 fatty acids which can also help with bone density and strength. If you just don't like fish, you can take fish oil supplements as they have been reported to help in a reduction of bone loss in women and fight off osteoporosis. AFA bluegreen alage is also a great source for omega-3 and calcium. One study in Greece reported women with lots of omega-3 and monounsaturated fats in the diet had the most bone density. Olive oil, fish and very little red meat seemed to be the best diet according to this study for bone density. Our bodies naturally produce vitamin D by exposure to sunlight so if you are able to get outside for a bit each week you may get enough that way. The recommended amount for adults of vitamin D is 600 IU up to the age of 70 and then increases to 800 IU.

Adult stem cells have the ability to divide and renew themselves for long periods of time, and they can give rise to specialized cells. Stem cells have the remarkable ability to repair and regenerate your body. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function. New stem cells can migrate to the areas of the body where they are needed most as we grow older thus serving as a repair system for the body. Keeping your natural adult stem cells nourished is a good way to support this process. This stem cell support supplement has been shown in vitro laboratory studies to increase the growth of adult stem cells that support the body's natural renewal system with nutrition that enables stem cells to flourish, and that protects existing stem cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. Another supplement that can provide the whole food nutrition that cells need to stay healthy as we age is this ubiquinol and algae supplement. Ubiquinol is the active and bioavailable form of Coenzyme Q10 which is a critically important antioxidant for proper cell function.

Exercise for Strong Bones
Bones also benefit from weight bearing exercises as they increase bone density, impede the loss of bone, and build muscle. These are types of exercises where gravity puts stress on bones and muscles while you are supported on legs and feet which results in increasing cells. Walking, dancing, jumping jacks, skiing, stair climbing, weight lifting, resistance exercise, aerobics, and yoga are examples of this type of exercise that will build strong bones and increase muscle mass. If you can't walk outside, walk around the house or go to a nearby mall or get a treadmill. Yoga, especially positions that target hips, spine and wrists, not only makes bones strong, but also is good for increasing flexibility and posture. According to a Harvard study on women after menopause that took up Tai Chi, it was found that they had more bone density and that bone loss was reduced as soon as they began this practice. Of course before beginning any exercise program, it is a good idea to check with your health care provider to make sure it is safe for you with any specific medical conditions you have. This is especially true if you have osteoporosis and/or have suffered a fracture or break.

Osteoporosis and the Importance of Bone Density
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thin enough to be at increased risk for breakage or fracture. It is a condition that is especially prevalent in postmenopausal women because this is when they produce less estrogen which can increase the risk of bone loss and calcium loss. This is why it is important to make sure you get enough calcium in your diet and work on bone density at a younger age. One study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that of the 200,000 women in the study almost half of them had bones that were thinning and were unaware of it. One of the problems with osteoporosis is that is does go undetected often because of the lack of symptoms until real problems begin such as fractures, breaks or a reduction in height. Osteoporosis can be detected by having a bone density test done which is an X-ray that the National Osteoporosis Foundation advises women have if they are over 65 years old or any age if they have risk factors and that men have if they are over 70 years old or if they have risk factors then after the age of 50. According to Silvina Levis-Dusseau, MD, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, we don't have to just assume osteoporosis is something we have to endure as we get older because we can strengthen bones through diet, exercise, and by being aware of risks through a bone density test. Risk factors to look for include other family members having the condition, having a small body frame, smoking, inactivity, irregular menstrual periods, history of taking steroids and excessive alcohol consumption. Another useful test in determining risk of bone thinning or osteoporosis is one developed by the World Health Organization that assesses risk in various areas to bone health. This test gives you a FRAX score that is useful in determining what types of treatment and lifestyle changes can help support your bone health. You can use this tool by going to http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/ and clicking on Calculation Tool.

We all want to be able to stay active and enjoying life for as long as we possibly can. This means you need to pay attention to your bone health and get started now developing good habits to support your bones so your bones can literally keep supporting you. 


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Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/ss/slideshow-superfoods-for-your-bones?ecd=wnl_hbnD_090814_tempD&ctr=wnl-hbn-090814-tempD_ld-stry&mb=Xenvmz6dAtHtkRjp7Is6CeHnVev1imbCfXusP2Lh3sM%3D

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http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/bone-health-center

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Got Bad Breath? Simple Natural Solutions

The only thing worse than being stuck in a close knit conversation with someone with bad breath or halitosis is wondering how your own breath is stacking up. There are many contributing factors to bad breath such as having just eaten certain foods like garlic and onions which go through the bloodstream and come out in air from the lungs, but it can also be caused by poor oral health, diseased gums, and cavities. We have lots of bacteria naturally occurring in our mouths and sometimes they get trapped in teeth and diseased gums becoming smelly. Infections, disorders in the intestines, respiratory infections, decaying food particles trapped in between teeth, plaque, deficient nutrition, and diabetes can all be culprits when it comes to bad breath. For many people this is a temporary condition that some mouthwash, a mint or gum can cover up. But these type of solutions only work for about half an hour to two hours. Around 30% of the people in the world have bad breath chronically or halitosis. This means there is an underlying cause that just covering up won't fix or prevent. If you maintain good oral health by regular brushing, flossing, dental checkups and cleanings and rinse with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and still have problems with halitosis, the first place to start may be with your healthcare provider to see if there is an underlying condition that needs to be treated. Beyond that here are some other natural solutions to help with halitosis and with shorter-term bad breath problems.

Natural Solutions for Halitosis and Bad Breath

Friendly Bacteria to the Rescue – The intestines can become overrun with toxins and yeast if you don't have enough friendly bacteria taking care of them. This can result in several conditions and bad breath can be one of the symptoms. Natural solutions for this problem include getting more probiotics (friendly bacteria) in your system working for you. That could include eating more foods rich in probiotics like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and other fermented foods or taking a high quality probiotic supplement that has live active cultures. According to a 2011 study in the journal Current Opinion in Gastroenterology, taking probiotic supplements to introduce more friendly bacteria into the diet helped get rid of oral bacteria that produced odors. You can also get rid of stinky bacteria by getting more digestive enzymes either with a supplement or by eating more raw foods which also help keep teeth clean. Enzymes not only help digestion by breaking foods down into smaller particles, but also go through the intestinal system removing toxins, bacteria and damaged cells. Other natural solutions for dealing with bacteria that causes bad breath include replacing your toothbrush every few months, scraping your tongue daily, or chewing herbs such as parsley, basil, mint or cilantro that all have chlorophyll that can help reduce odors or spices such as cloves, cardamom, fennel seeds, and aniseeds that have antiseptic properties or cinnamon with antimicrobial properties to reduce bad breath odors.

Beef Up Your Zinc Intake – A diet lacking in zinc can be a cause of halitosis as this mineral aids in cleaning bacteria from the mouth with its antimicrobial properties. According to Heather Caruso, author of Your Drug-Free Guide to Digestive Health, making sure you get the proper amounts of zinc can help with halitosis resulting from oral disease. Foods rich in zinc include lean beef, pork, oysters, poultry, fortified cereals, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, milk, yogurt, and miso.

Hydrate For Saliva – Microbes in the mouth exist on food particles they find in the mouth and are often responsible for bad breath. One of the jobs of saliva is to get rid of these bacteria. This doesn't happen if you are dehydrated and not producing enough saliva to do the job. Saliva has enzymes that help in producing antibodies to fight off these bacteria and has oxygen which makes it harder for these bacteria to thrive in. Natural solutions for increasing saliva production include drinking lots of water without fluoride during the day and eating raw, crunchy veggies and fruits. Foods such as carrots and celery help prevent plaque building up that can contribute to bad breath and create more saliva. Apples not only help fight off plaque, but have pectin that fights off odors from foods, and can help make more saliva. Citric acid that you can get from chewing on citrus fruit rinds like lemons or oranges also help produce more saliva. 

Detox Your System – Halitosis can result from toxins building up in your system and detoxing these can help reduce mouth odors. Stinging nettle tea is one of the natural solutions that can help with getting rid of toxins in the body, as well as cleaning blood, helping the kidneys flush out uric acid, and increase adrenal function.

Next time you wonder how your breath is affecting others, cup your hand or a cloth to do the exhale and smell test. If you find your breath may be offensive try out some of these natural solutions to clean it up. If you find you still have problems with halitosis, be sure you make an appointment with your healthcare provider to see if you have an underlying medical cause. It could be something simple and treatable that will get you back to having clean smelling breath and more pleasant to be around.

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Sources:
http://www.naturalnews.com/038961_bad_breath_cure_diet.html
http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/white-seeber-grogan-the-remedy-chicks/ways-fight-bad-breath-naturally/
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-bad-breath.htm

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Antioxidants For A High Performance Body

The word "antioxidants" is being thrown around a lot these days and there's enough contradictory information out there that the topic can be confusing. If you're worried about what antioxidants are and which you should take, don't worry. It's not as complicated as you might think.

Here's a simple 3-step process to help you understand the whole antioxidant concept.
  1. Stress, heavy exercise, overwork, poor nutrition, and environmental toxicity create something called free radicals in the body.
  2. Free radicals damage the body, including cells, enzymes, and DNA, causing negative effects such as pain, inflammation, and chronic diseases.
  3. Antioxidants attack free radicals and get them out of your body, relieving pain, inflammation, and chronic symptoms in the process.
Now here's what you really need to know about antioxidants: your body can produce enough antioxidants to handle a certain level of free radicals but when it gets overloaded you will begin to experience pain, inflammation, and discomfort in your body. Those are all signs of free radical overload.

If you've got areas of chronic discomfort such as headaches, shoulder pain, joint pain, or nerve pain, your body may be in free radical overload. The good news is that you can address this problem by adding extra antioxidants to your daily regimen.

A wonderfully convenient way to increase the level of antioxidants you take is to add high-quality antioxidants to your daily regimen.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

How to Live a Longer Life

The quest for how to live longer is nothing new. People have been searching for a fountain of youth throughout the ages. There may not be a magic elixir to increase longevity, but there are certain foods and lifestyle patterns you can adopt for a healthy life and to extend your years. These actually can work on a cellular level by lengthening the telomeres found at the end of chromosomes that shorten with aging. As they become shorter you are more susceptible to disease which can shorten your life. Making some changes in your eating and exercise habits can help protect the telomeres and slow down the aging process. 

Dietary Changes For Longevity
Researchers have studied people for many years around the globe to find those that live longer healthy lives to determine what characteristics in their diets contribute to their longevity. For example, by looking at people in Okinawa, Japan, they have concluded that this population eats a lot of green and yellow vegetables and that they don't clean their plates leaving about 20% at any meal. These type of vegetables provide a lot of antioxidant value, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients for protection against disease. Yellow vegetables contain carotenoids and bioflavonoids for a boost in antioxidant protection that has been found to protect against UV light from the sun, strengthen immune system function and protect against disease. Dark green leafy vegetables are high in fiber and low in fat, are loaded with phytochemicals, such as lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, and are a good source for folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. Eating vegetables also helps fill you up with less calories keeping your weight down which puts you at less risk for disease from being overweight. Foods such as these with lots of antioxidants helps you fight off free radical damage to cells that can also lead to serious disease. Mediterranean people are another group found to have longevity from the diet they eat. This type of diet includes lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, foods with omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and olive oil, and the use of herbs and spices rather than salt for flavoring. A diet like this has been found in numerous studies to reduce risks of obesity, high cholesterol levels, inflammation, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar so you have less risk of diabetes and heart disease. Eating vegetables and other foods loaded with fiber are another way to add to your longevity as they help with weight loss, support stable blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and aid digestion. Nuts and nut butters are another good food to give you protein, antioxidants, and unsaturated fats, but they are higher in calories so while they are a healthy food to add to the diet, you do have to be careful not to eat too much.

One of the problems in our society that leads to disease and a shortening of life is the type of foods we eat. With our busy lifestyles it is often hard to get enough healthy foods every day. Adding wholefood supplements to the diet can help with this. To get the nutritional basics these convenient packets of wholefood supplements provide you with two forms of AFA bluegreen algae, probiotics and enzymes. AFA bluegreen algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth being loaded with essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, proteins, complex sugars, vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, and essential amino acids. Acidophilus is a form of friendly bacteria or probiotic that lives in our small intestine and is necessary for proper digestion and a healthy immune system. When we don't have enough acidophilus our immune system doesn't function at its peak and allows us to contract everything from the common cold to indigestion, skin problems and allergies. Bifidobacterium, or bifidus is another friendly bacteria that is in the large intestine and helps with digestion as well as producing the calming and soothing B-vitamins that can help you relax and deal with stress. Acidophilus and bifidus are among the most important friendly bacteria and provide a barrier between the intestines and the bloodstream, as well as helping us fully digest our food. Digestive enzymes help with digestion too so that we are able to get the most nutrition out of the foods we eat. When taken with food, enzymes help ensure proper digestion and prevent food particles from entering the bloodstream. When taken separate from food, the enzymes are able to pass through the intestinal barrier to digest the food particles that get into the bloodstream. In addition to the basic nutritional support from these wholefood supplements, this stem cell support supplement can give you an extra boost of antioxidants. As antioxidants have been found to protect and repair cells from free radical damage, they also support our own natural adult stem cells that can become any other type of cell and replace damaged cells. Then for immune system support to help the body function at its peak for protecting against disease, this immune support supplement gives you the immune boosting power found from reishi, cordyceps, maitake, shiitake, Turkey Tail, and Agaricus blazei mushrooms with astragalus, and beta glucan.

Lifestyle Changes for Longevity
Making changes in diet to include foods that keep weight down, support the immune system and help reduce the risks that lead to heart disease and diabetes is one of the most important things you can do when searching for how to live longer. But there are also changes in your lifestyle that can make a big difference in longevity too. According to research done in Australia, people who maintained good social relationships were found to live significantly longer than those who didn't. But other research indicates that it is important to pick those friends wisely as the type of lifestyle your friends lead can spill over to you. For example if your friend is overweight, the chances of you gaining weight is increased. Choosing friends that lead a healthy life will help you keep to that type of lifestyle. Of course relationships with other people are not always cordial and smooth and studies also indicate that it is important to use the forgive and forget method when becoming angry with others. Whereas anger can contribute to conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and reduction in lung functioning, forgiving can lower blood pressure, support breathing function, and reduce stress and anxiety. So when you get mad or have a disagreement with friends or family just think, do you want to be right or be healthy and live longer? 

Research also indicates that taking naps can help increase your longevity. One study of 24,000 people concluded that nappers showed a reduced risk of 37% of dying from heart disease. And you know that exercise is vital to staying healthy, but studies report that it also is a big contributor to longevity as it reduces that risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and some types of cancer as well as helps in keeping the braining functioning well as we age. Along with napping, make sure you get the right amount of quality sleep that you need for your body to rejuvenate. Lack of sleep can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, mood disorders, and stress. And speaking of stress, it is important to find a way to cope with the stress that we have in our lives in order to live longer. Try out a variety of stress reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, a hobby, or some type of activity that helps you relax.

When it comes to how to live longer making some of these dietary changes and lifestyle changes can help you get the edge. No matter how long your life in years ends up being, these changes can definitely help those years be more productive, active and healthier.

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