2 Secrets Towards Your Healthiest Life

healthy eating habits, benefits of healthy diet and exercise, importance of fitness and health foods

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 15, 2017

  • Is life too fast-paced to exercise and eat right?
  • 15 minutes to a healthier you
  • Antioxidant-rich foods that can save your life

If you want to live a longer and healthier life – one without physical and mental deficits as you age – two things are absolutely necessary. And they aren’t a well-kept secret. You’ve heard them many times before…

Get plenty of physical activity and eat a healthy diet.

This is something our ancestors never even thought about. They ate off the land and were physically active from sun-up to sun-down. No trips to the supermarket or jobs sitting at a desk for them!

But in today’s modern and fast-past society, meeting these two goals seems to be a far stretch for many folks. And it’s showing.

More than two out of three Americans are overweight. One in three is pre-diabetic (and most of them don’t even know it!) Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. We’re riddled with arthritis… cancer is eating us alive… and Alzheimer’s is robbing us of our senses.

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15 Minutes to a Healthier You

Exercise is essential to health and longevity. It helps keep your telomeres – the protective DNA caps at the ends of your chromosomes – from shortening. This is important, because shorter telomeres are associated with aging, poor health and earlier death.

Additionally, it can change the expression of your genes and add years to your life. Even a little exercise can lower your risk of a premature death by about 20%. And if you get the recommended 30 minutes a day five times a week, it can lower your risk even further.

In just a few weeks, regular exercise can also…

  • Improve your cholesterol and triglyceride profiles
  • Lower your fasting blood sugar levels
  • Reduce blood pressure and improve arterial function
  • Help you shed excess body fat
  • Reduce brain shrinkage and cut your chances of Alzheimer’s by almost 40%
  • Boost lung function
  • Decrease pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
  • Improve symptoms of depression and anxiety

You don’t have to be an American Ninja Warrior to get a good workout. You don’t even have to spend a lot of time exercising. All you need is a quick 15-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout several times a week.

Getting started is easy enough to do. Just make sure to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. This is especially important if you’ve been inactive for awhile.

When you have the go-ahead, begin by walking briskly for 30-seconds. Just walk as fast as you can. Then, slow down and spend three or four minutes walking regularly. Repeat four to six times.

When it gets easy to do this, change the brisk walk portion to a slight jog. Later, if your body allows, you can build up to a sprint. The key is to consistently increase intensity and take shorter amounts of time at a regular pace. This same tactic works for bicycling, rowing and swimming.

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Over time, you can even add in more strenuous exercises like squats, lunges and pushups. (Once you graduate to this level – or if you’re already fit enough for it – simply perform 30 seconds of the exercise, then take a short break before doing it again. Three to five sets is a good starting point.)

And what about the food you eat?

Antioxidant Rich Foods that can Save Your Life

Enjoying a wide variety of fresh, colorful, organic, plant-based foods could just save your life. These natural foods are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other compounds that have a positive influence on your health.

We’ve seen over and over again that people who eat the most fruits and veggies have longer telomeres than those who don’t get enough produce in their diets. They also have more positive gene expression and better mitochondrial efficiency.

In fact, fresh organic produce activates genes that protect against heart disease and diabetes. They can also turn on genes that inhibit tumor growth, stop inflammation and keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay.

So as far as foods are concerned, make sure to eat plenty of healthy fruits, veggies, beans, nuts and seeds every day. Keep your animal proteins (clean-sourced fish, meat, etc.) to about 15% of your daily diet. Choose wild-caught fish over meat as often as possible… and feel free to use extra virgin olive oil liberally.

Do this 90% of the time and you’ll automatically be eating more of the foods that activate health-preserving genes, protect against disease and help you live longer.

The other 10% of the time, have a little fun. Eat something you really enjoy. (Take time to savor it, and it will be all the more satisfying.)

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