Top Secrets of Health & Longevity
It’s no secret. When you are healthy and energized, you are happier and have the potential to live a longer and more fulfilled life. For anyone who has ever wondered how they can “get some of that”, this is for you!
Health and longevity hinges on one simple equation:
Healthy Functioning Cells = Optimum Health & Maximum Longevity
The latest scientific research reveals how we can all achieve optimal longevity. The key to it all is that it must start on a cellular level.
Our bodies contain over 30 trillion cells that are the fundamental building block of life. They are the key to our overall wellness. Each one of those 30 trillion tiny components has a unique role to play in how our body functions and responds.
Four ways to optimize cell health to support longevity
While you may think that you are fated to a particular health outcome in life, there are lots of things you can do to buck that trend and maximize your longevity.
Here’s a list to get you started, though we will be talking about each aspect in depth over the next few weeks.
1. Increase Nitric Oxide
Studies show that increasing nitric oxide is a viable way to turn back our body’s clock. Nitric oxide is a molecule we produce naturally. It transmits signals throughout your body, getting all of our 30 trillion cells “talking” to each other at once. Once activated, it relaxes blood vessels and increases blood and oxygen flow. It is also critical for mitochondrial health – mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of our cells. They support all of our metabolic processes.
How to do it: The best way to stimulate nitric oxide is through short bursts of high-intensity exercise. These types of exercises are done in quick succession and can be far more effective than longer workouts, toning our bodies’ systems and effectively reversing the effects of aging.
2. Intermittent fasting
The idea of fasting may cause some people to cringe. It sounds hard and unpleasant – but you will probably be surprised at how great it makes you feel. If you are fasting correctly, it doesn’t make you hungry.
Fasting correctly can induce a process called autophagy. The word itself is derived from the Greek language – auto, or self; and phagein, to eat. So, literally, autophagy means eating oneself. This natural process is how the body rids itself of old, broken-down cells and has proven to be a key factor in longevity.
Autophagy is triggered by depriving the body of nutrients, which we can accomplish through intermittent fasting. It sets in motion a process that could be described as a sort of cellular cleansing. During this process, the body identifies the cells or parts of cells that are no longer up to standard and targets them for destruction. It is all of this “cell junk” that could be responsible for the effects of aging.
Fasting also stimulates human growth hormone, which signals the body to start producing new cells. The result? Glowing skin, toned organs, a clear mind, and boundless energy. This is also probably the best way to stimulate the immune system and control inflammation.
How to do it: intermittent fasting is not about starvation or dieting. There is no standard amount of time you should fast, but shorter durations should be done more frequently. In a one-day fast, you might want to consume all your meals in an eight-hour period and then fast for 16. You could also reduce your eating window to four hours and then fast for 20. You could also fast for 24 hours, eating once and then not eating again until 24 hours later. Longer fasts are great also, but you will want to do that under the guidance of a nutritionist.
3. Reduce Stress
Easier said than done, right? Well, if you knew the damage that stress causes in your body, you might be taking this tip more seriously. Stress is the number one contributor to body inflammation, and inflammation has been proven to be the cause of most major health issues.
How to do it: The first step is to pinpoint the exact situations that trigger the response. Then there needs to be processes in place to effectively manage stress day-to-day. This looks different for everyone, but it can include exercise programs, visualization, simplifying your life, better sleep, meditation or even re-evaluating your job and relationships.
You might also consider some supplements that address stress, like magnesium glycinate and holy basil. There are also supplements to directly tackle inflammation, like vitamin D and DHA (aka omega-3 fatty acids).
(Contact our Director of Wellness to discuss a Personalized Supplement Regimen!)
4. Lengthen your telomeres
Telomeres are the part of chromosomes that control aging. Long telomeres are associated with fewer illnesses and a longer life. Telomeres are the caps on the ends of our chromosomes and prevent the chromosomes from tangling and being damaged. As we age, they tend to shorten and this impacts our cells’ ability to function as they should. This is critical when you consider that shortened telomeres have potential links to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s cardiovascular and diabetes. But, if we can lengthen them, good health and longevity may follow. A few lifestyle changes can help make this happen.
How to do it: Reduce stress. Chronic stress has a direct correlation to shortened telomeres. Exercise regularly. The more you exercise, the longer your telomeres will be – and it’s never too late to start! Eat antioxidant and vitamin-rich foods like almonds, berries, spinach, artichokes, oranges, peppers, sweet potatoes, and kale.
Well-Being Contributes to Health and Longevity
In conclusion, science proves that “happy” people live a longer and more fulfilling life. We also know that cellular aging can be modulated by psychological functioning, positive cognitions and emotions (being true to yourself), mindfulness and meditation (being quiet), laughter and smiling (play and joy).
At Bennulife, we look at the whole person. Our goal is to optimize your longevity and promote healthy aging. While our patients often come to our clinic hoping to specifically treat an arthritic knee or a bulging spinal disk, our goal is much bigger! We devise a treatment plan that will treat the immediate pain, but also with the goal of reducing whole-body inflammation and optimizing wellness.
It is our sincere hope that our patients are able to reimagine their health and achieve their desired longevity, and we exist to make that happen.
Contact our team to ask how we can help you to Live life, Long.