Dear Patient and Friend,
Time Magazine, along with AARP, reports on a paper that defines five keys to longevity that anyone can learn and master.
- Eat a healthy diet – numerous studies done over the last decade state that improving your diet by 20% can have a 17% impact on extending your life, so even if you aren’t perfect, conscious eating can make a big difference. Fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts and healthy fats, and plant-based proteins, with less sugar and salt and fewer processed foods and red meats, can set you up for more years to enjoy your life.
- Exercise regularly – 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of more intense exercise each week can keep you fit for extra years.
- Maintain a healthy body weight – obesity killed 186,000 people last year due to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, so figure out your best target weight and get there. If you need help, ask.
- Drink in moderation – one or two adult beverages per day are considered safe for most people. Any more is risky – be wise about this.
- Don’t smoke – obviously, smoking has been linked to respiratory disease, heart attacks, stroke, and cancer – if you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do, get help and quit. It’s an addiction, and you need to fix it.
And, if you’re serious about living as long as you can with a great quality of life, don’t forget to include chiropractic care. It will destress you, make you more flexible, and your brain will be healthier, too.