Mighty Omega-3 Fatty Acids

On your journey to health, a sufficient intake of Omega-3 fatty acids is mandatory.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids offer incredible benefits for both the body and the brain. In fact, getting an adequate amount of this powerful nutrient both during pregnancy and early life is crucial for early on healthy, normal development of children, while a deficiency of omega-3 early on has been linked to poor eyesight as well as lowered intelligence and an increase in other health issues.

Omega-3 fatty acids provide key nutrients that the brain needs to function optimally and are vital for keeping inflammation levels down. Those who consume adequate omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis are less likely to develop debilitating conditions like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, depression, and even bipolar disorder.

Although Omega-3’s are a must for psychological health, most people still fall short in consuming enough of them with their day to day diet plan. If you find yourself in this group, focus on increasing your intake by choosing omega-3 rich foods. Salmon, mackerel, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, leafy veggies and walnuts are all great choices.

While increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, reduce your intake of omega-6 fatty acids. These are harmful to psychological health and can be found in processed foods as well as vegetable oils.

Omega-3 fats are a key family of polyunsaturated fats. There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA, and DHA.

  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are sometimes called “marine omega-3’s” because they come mainly from fish.
  • The most common omega-3 fatty acid is Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It is found in vegetable oils and nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds and flaxseed oil, leafy vegetables, and some animal fats (focus on grass fed). ALA is what the human body generally uses for energy, while conversion into EPA and DHA is limited. EPA appears to be the best at fighting depression.

Omega 3’s Improve Risk Factors For Heart Disease

Heart attacks and strokes are currently the world’s leading causes of death and this is where omega-3’s help because a great deal of the strong evidence presented for the beneficial effects of omega-3 fats has to do with heart disease. It seems these fats keep the heart beating at a steady clip, avoiding a dangerous or potentially fatal erratic rhythm.

Omega-3’s improve and reduce the risk of many diseases and offer a wealth of benefits with heart disease leading the pack. Years ago, scientists observed that fish-eating cultures had lowered rates of heart disease and this was later partially attributed to their omega-3.

These healthy fatty acids continue to reveal numerous benefits for heart health.

These include:

  • Inflammation: Omega-3s reduce some substances released during the inflammatory response
  • Triglycerides: Omega-3s can cause a major reduction in triglycerides
  • Blood pressure: Omega-3s reduces blood pressure levels in those with high blood pressure
  • HDL-cholesterol: Omega-3 raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol levels
  • Blood clots: Omega-3s help prevent the formation of harmful blood clots by keeping blood platelets from clumping together
  • Plaque: Omega-3s help prevent the plaque that can restrict and harden the arteries by keeping the arteries smooth and free from damage

Although omega-3s have been found to improve numerous heart disease risk factors, omega-3 supplements have not proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

Your body has the potential and the power, to slow down the aging process and restore itself to a level of wellness that it may no longer be experiencing. Superior health. the kind that pays off long-term, involves maintaining healthy body weight throughout life, eating a healthy diet, and having sufficient physical activity in our lives.

The information here, when implemented as suggested, will be life changing and you will enjoy greater health like never before.

“Reclaim Your Longevity” can help you do just that…

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Mighty Muscle Magic…

The biological role of skeletal muscles goes far beyond locomotion and, it’s becoming crystal clear that the benefits derived from our muscular system are essential to our health.

The muscular system, our largest energy facility, is responsible for keeping our metabolic system intact. It protects us against metabolic and hormonal decline, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Muscle strength not only makes every task and activity easier to perform, but the amount of toned muscle also relates to control of body weight, bone health, cellular rejuvenation and a reduced risk of certain diseases.

As an aging adult, few things impact the quality of life as much as seeing your functional strength decrease. Lose enough strength, and you’ll no longer be able to perform even the basic functions of daily living and this in turn dramatically effects how you feel about yourself and your level of happiness.

What causes muscle downgrade?

Hormonal disorders such as insulin resistance, inflammatory disease, dietary abuse, nutritional deficiencies and chemical toxicity all contribute to muscle downgrade, however, the main culprit is not doing enough muscle building and maintenance activity. In other words…living a sedentary lifestyle.

One of the most powerful and important things you can do to reverse muscle and bone loss is strength training. It is the perfect anecdote and the only type of exercise that stimulates the release of HGH. Human Growth Hormone helps your body build more youthful muscle tissue.

The body is a very efficient machine. If your muscles are not being stimulated, you are basically sending the message to your body that you no longer need lean muscle mass. Since muscle mass is an energy costly substance to maintain, if your body doesn’t need it, it wants to get rid of it.

Strength training however, sends the message to your body loud and clear that it still needs to be strong and needs this muscle to complete your daily strength training exercises.

If you are currently trying to shed fat, the more muscle you have, the easier it is to lose because your resting metabolic rate is fast and working for you. And, let’s not forget about what strong healthy muscles do to build strength in our joints and bones as well. Osteoporosis is a serious condition that sadly impacts far too many older adults. Without actively strengthening their muscles, their bones get weak and brittle and all it takes is one small misstep to happen that breaks a bone.

Maintaining your lean muscle mass is mandatory if you want to live a long productive life. As a bonus, you’ll get a boost to your self-esteem and self-confidence. You’ll feel better about the way you look as you maintain that fit appearance.

Your body was made to move. Keeping your body in shape not only makes you feel younger and stronger, but also might just save your life. Remember, it’s never too late to start. You are better off doing something now than just letting your health continue to decline due to the process of aging.

If you truly want to stop the aging process, you need to put an exchange your sedentary lifestyle for one that promotes muscle strength.

Strength training is key.

If you can only do one type of exercise variation, resistance training should be your number one choice. It is the one exercise that will make all your muscles stronger, boost your immune system and is empowered to restore your manhood.

Everything you need to know to slow down and even reverse the aging clock can be found in my anti-aging library of help: “Reclaim Your Longevity.”

Quality Sleep Adds Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years

Sleep is one of the most critical factors driving good health, and if you aren’t sleeping as well as you should be, every area of your life will be impacted in a negative way.

For beginners, nothing ages you faster than a lack of quality sleep. In fact, quality sleep could easily be considered the fountain of youth.

Lack of Sleep Impacts:

Your skin –

Not enough quality sleep a few nights in a row and your complexion begins to look lackluster and you’ll likely have some bags around your eyes.

Your metabolic rate –

Just one night of insufficient sleep can slow down your metabolism, making fat loss much more challenging.

Your disease risk factor –

Those who suffer with sleep quality deprivation will not have strong immune systems and the risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke increase. Without the strong defenses needed to fend off invading bacteria and viruses, they will likely fall ill more often. Furthermore, the immune system plays a vital role in keeping oxidative damage down. If its weakened, oxidation takes place, causing you to age far more quickly than you otherwise would.

Your mental state –

Sleep deficiency alters activity in parts of the brain. When you are tired and your body suffers with lack of quality sleep your brains’ ability to keep the nervous system clear is impaired. You may have trouble making decisions, controlling emotions and behavior, solving problems, and coping with change. Lack of quality sleep has also has been linked to risk-taking behavior, depression and even suicide.

A weakened and tired mental state also directly influences your ability to stick with your diet and workout protocol.

Your motivation –

Feeling fatigued from lack of sleep is the quickest way to crush any desire to get your workout in for the day ahead or tackle any new activity you had planned.

Your insulin sensitivity –

Too little sleep means your body is more likely to store carbohydrates as body fat rather than burning then up for energy or devoting them towards building lean muscle mass tissue.

Your appetite –

If your brain is lacking energy from not getting enough sleep, it often turns to food for that energy. Truth is, poor sleep messes with your hormones. It increases the production of ghrelin (your hunger hormone). Too much ghrelin causes your body to crave fatty and sugary foods, not a good state to put your body in. Poor sleep also messes with leptin your satiety hormone. Bottom line is: when you lack sleep, you tend to eat more of what you are craving because your hunger hormones are messed up and you’re not feeling the signals to stop eating.

When you are consciously asleep, your body is working overtime in repair mode fixing all the damage that took place in your body throughout the course of the day.

Sleep is when your body goes to work repairing and replacing. Without enough time devoted to sleep, your body won’t be able to repair itself or recover as quickly from your daily activities or workouts and any further progress is you would otherwise experience will be compromised.

Remember, it’s not just sleep you need, but quality sleep you’re after. You always know when you’ve gotten a quality night’s sleep because when you wake you feel good and ready to tackle the day.

Truth is, you can take control of the aging process and add years of good health and quality living to your lifespan by paying attention to a few critical players beginning with quality sleep.

Sleep quality is a good place to start because it directly influences your energy level.  As your energy level increases, your physical performance increases. This in turn increases your weight loss results which in turn boosts your appearance making you feel much happier overall.

Bottom line is this: the way you feel while you’re awake depends in large part on what happens while you’re sleeping. 

All my products support a whole body approach that supports both the body and the mind. If you are serious about achieving a truly healthy lifestyle, one of youth and vitality – “Reclaim Your Longevity was created for you.

It will absolutely help you in every area of your life to stay as young, healthy and vibrant as possible.

Exercise – Empowers You With Health and Happiness

Happiness is almost a world-wide obsession these days.  The self-help shelves of bookstores and online websites are laden with offerings that promise to help you find or achieve happiness. But can they?

Happiness could be defined as simply “feeling good”. It doesn’t mean life is perfect but rather that our lives generally have a sense of direction, purpose and meaning.

When we have an overall sense of satisfaction and contentment we can say we are happy.

For many though, happiness is hard to obtain. In fact, research is showing evidence of a rising tide of this spirit of unhappiness in most advanced societies. A decline in the number of people who regard themselves as “happy” is being documented and seems to be consistent with the staggering increase in cases of depression in the last decade.

Sadly, there has been a 400 percent increase in anti-depressant drugs prescribed and close to 10 percent of us now take mood-enhancement drugs for this current common problem which was once a rare condition.

One of the downsides of this “loss of happiness” is the need to replace what has been lost with external sources such as alcohol and drugs, food and overeating, relationships or material items.

Some of these things may give temporary relief but do not provide long-term happiness, joy, peacefulness or contentment. Could it be these things are being lost to us as our world becomes more and more sedentary and inactive?

 

Hormone Reduction

The widespread lack of physical activity in our modern technology driven “easy, comfortable” lives means we experience lowered endorphin levels on an ongoing basis.

Endorphins are nature’s “feel good” hormones and are manufactured in the brain during intense physical activity. Endorphins lift your mood, calm you; relieve stress AND make you happy. They elevate your mood long after the exercise session has stopped, and help to keep us mentally and emotionally stable.

You could call it “meditation in motion”. After an exercise session, you will often find that you have forgotten the day’s irritations and when you regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, the resulting stress relief, energy and optimism boost can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do. It spills over positively into every aspect of your life.

Many people are missing out on this natural “inner” magic because they think they are too busy, don’t have time, are too stressed or that they simply don’t need to bother to take time out to exercise. But when you neglect your health and your body all of your life goals are balancing on a shaky platform making being “happy” so much more elusive.

Happiness is definitely one of the key ingredients to health.

Improving fitness not only positively affects the outside of the body, but affects our “inner sense of well-being” as well. This goes hand in hand with being “fit.”  You often cannot put your finger on it or cannot identify it – you just feel really good…inside.

It is an inner awareness, an inner peace and harmony, a feeling of being whole and complete within oneself and from this radiates happiness – all from the inside out. This then leads on to that state of appreciation, sense of satisfaction and contentment with your lot in life and finally a perception of balance and peace.

We may wonder why our culture does not nurture this and prefers to have us popping pills with harmful side effects. No pills can ever match the feelings that physical movement can give us…and…..no prescription required.

Somehow; we must once again take pride in being in control of our own life, our health, our body and our well-being and the answer is not in doctors and pills – it is inside of each of us.

This simple exercise solution is easily accessed for just a little time and effort and if you listen to the messages your body is sending you that something is missing it could be saying “I REALLY need exercise?”

We have all heard the saying “happiness comes from within” and the good news is, this solution is available to all of us, is easily accessed for little cost except a little time and effort.

Try it and see for yourself.

The challenges that arise in our senior years can be anticipated and planned for by making smart decisions now – those that contribute to our ultimate goal of healthy longevity.

All my products support a whole body approach that supports both the body and the mind. If you are serious about achieving a truly healthy lifestyle, one of youth and vitality – “Reclaim Your Longevity” was created for you.

It will absolutely help you in every area of your life to stay as young, healthy and vibrant as possible.

Self-Accountability – Your Key to Success at All Things

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Self-accountability is the cornerstone of success and productivity in every aspect of our lives and that includes our health and fitness.

 

The standard definition of accountability is:

“An obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. The state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.

 

Although you won’t find any direct reference to it in mainstream diets, or exercise programs, it is the missing link and what is needed for our health/fitness/weight loss goals and desires to be realized.

In simple terms, self-accountability means holding ourselves responsible for our own personal successes and failures. It demands that we dig deep inside ourselves and requires a constant brutal mindful examination of our own values, beliefs and motivations for our actions. Having strong core values makes it easier to plot our course and propel ourselves forward along it. It becomes easier to make tough decisions and easier to focus on things that are important while ignoring those that are not.

Self-accountability also requires us to be mindful of our emotional states. We must never allow ourselves to be driven by fear or guilt. Instead, we must be driven by a high level of self-worth, self-respect and self-love. Those are the things that lead to higher levels of self-care. Fear or guilt will only steal away those positive aspects.

 

Balance is Key

If you beat yourself up too much, you can drive yourself into unease, anxiety, stress and depression. On the other hand, you’ll drive yourself in the opposite direction towards apathy, lethargy and laziness if you do not hold yourself accountable enough.

 

Self-love is mandatory. You must respect and care for yourself enough to know that you deserve to live in a healthy, slim, fit, feel-good body that leads a productive life.

 

Self-accountability is nothing to fear – it empowers us and means we have taken charge of our life.

In the end, the rules are the same for all of us. We are all ultimately accountable for our own successes and failures.

Ready to be your own boss and health coach?

It’s time to reflect deeply on your lifestyle choices and make changes where needed.  Whether you are trying to achieve a healthier weight or just trying to get healthier all-around, you must make the kind of lifestyle changes that you can keep for the rest of your life – permanent ones. Don’t make them too hard to implement or you’ll bury your chances right from the start. Begin small. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish through gradual but consistent lifestyle changes.

Use affirmations daily to boost your level of self-esteem and self-love.

 

A good affirmation to remember is:

“Today is another day to do the things I did not do the day before.”

 

Every day is a new day with new opportunities. Don’t let your weak moments from yesterday play into how you handle yourself today. That was yesterday…leave it in the past and draw on what you need this moment to experience the kind of personal success with your health and fitness goals that you are seeking.

Feeling accountability towards our spouse, friends, family, boss, co-workers, clients, customers and society in general is to be commended. But none of it matters if you are not accountable to yourself…the only person that really matters – the only person that can really make a difference.

It all begins with you. No one can place health and fitness at the top of your priority list but you. When you own your own health and fitness and you hold yourself accountable, your actions and your life will automatically reflect this.

Everything you need to live a long healthy life…dancing well into your senior years is included in “Reclaim Your Longevity.” This program is geared towards helping you to find the “fountain of youth” and addresses your mind, emotions and actions. Don’t wait another day…make today your day…the day you shift from wanting health to creating it.

Counting Calories Can Be Dangerous to Your Health and Longevity

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Understanding what good nutrition means and putting focus on that is imperative to anyone’s dieting success. How you diet now will effect how long you live and how vital you live out those years.

Introducing and adopting dangerous diets now only trims off valuable years of your life later.

Those who adopt a calorie counting approach to dieting, or worse, a diet plan that requires them to eat any number of prepackaged type processed snacks and meals, undermines any effort at weight loss and whatever weight is lost will be short lived.

Focusing on a diet that places your attention primarily on counting calories is not only dangerous to your health, it is a temporary solution not a permanent one.

As soon as you come off this type of restricting “diet,” all the weight you worked so hard to take off is regained simply because you never learned how to “eat” properly in the first place.

Not only will the weight come back easily, but this type of “dieting” deprives the body of important nutrients and opens the door to disease and accelerated aging.

In order to maintain the weight loss you’re working so hard to obtain, it’s your daily eating habits that must shift. After all, counting calories for the rest of your life – every single day is just not practical.

This extreme approach eventually leads to abandoning all weight loss efforts. The whole counting calories idea gets ditched as well as any hopes of permanent weight loss. Defeat has set in.

The reality is, learning healthy eating habits or strategies is what it takes to move your health forward into the future. Not counting calories.

Your goal when dieting is to look and feel more attractive. However, counting calories achieves the opposite effect. You may feel slimmer for a short while, but you won’t necessarily look better.

In the end, adopting this type of diet results in both your health and appearance suffering.

 

Nutrient Dense Foods are Key

cancerxfightingOn the other hand, when you focus on getting the proper nutrients and choose anti-aging, healthy nutritious foods on a daily basis, your body receives the proper mix of nutrients that work together to control hunger and your calorie intake basically controls itself. 

By eating properly and getting the correct balance of nutrients, you’ll enjoy constant energy levels throughout the day. And, the best thing of all is, your hunger will only kick in when it’s time to eat.

You won’t suffer with energy highs and lows, so you’ll be far more capable of controlling what foods you choose to put into your body rather than reaching for the most convenient item when energy levels plummet.

Proteins and healthy fats along with fiber control hunger while processed simple carbohydrates actually stroke hunger.

Dieting is never good if it damages your health in the end and that’s exactly what counting calories will do.

And, the dangers go beyond that. Focusing intensely on counting calories in complete absence of awareness of the role that good nutrition plays also sets you up for a high risk of developing a dangerous eating disorder as well.

Those with eating disorders have a distorted mindset around food and no longer recognize food as nutritious fuel for the body.

Their distorted view has them seeing something that is going to cause them to gain excess body fat. Anorexics refuse to eat the necessary food they need to sustain life while those with bulimia starve themselves for hours and then binge eat all kinds of unhealthy foods. Both of these roads lead to slow starvation and if not reversed eventually death.

Although these are extreme cases, when you lose sight of the fact that food provides nutrients to your body and you must have them to sustain life you put yourself at risk for these kinds of issues to surface.

Losing touch with the fact that you must eat to stay healthy causes eating to turn over to a complete emotional activity.

Relying too heavily on counting calories and not focusing on eating nutrient dense foods only harms any progress you are trying to make. It damages your metabolism and your health, opens the door to dangerous diseases and speeds up the aging process. Not a part of anyone’s weight loss goals.

The challenges that arise in your senior years can be anticipated and planned for right now. Making smart decisions now about nutrition – those that contribute to your ultimate goal of healthy longevity is key.

All my products address a whole body approach that supports both the body and the mind. If you are serious about achieving a truly healthy lifestyle, one of youth and vitality – “Reclaim Your Longevity” was created for you.

It will absolutely help you in every area of your life to stay as young, healthy and vibrant as possible, squeezing every ounce of life out of every minute of your life!

It’s a good thing!

 

Your “Why” is Your Primary Health and Fitness Motivation…

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If you are looking for health and fitness motivation, the first thing you need to do is to ask yourself “why.”

This “why” becomes your primary motivating force.

Without motivation, there is no drive and without drive there is no real reason to push on and succeed. This is the primary reason many people who embark on a fitness or nutrition program end up abandoning it long before they get to see and experience the results.

They start down the path to improving their health only to find that suddenly they have too much to do to go to the gym. They are just too tired or busy or whatever!

If this sounds familiar, then it is time to dig down and find your “why.”

 

Finding Your Why

This “why” bit is the single most important aspect of any fitness or nutrition program yet is it seldom considered and the most neglected of all aspects.

Truth is, motivation is the driving force that will get you out of bed an hour earlier to get to the gym or plan ahead with meal preparation. Its the most powerful way to to avoid devouring that packet of chocolate biscuits.

It is the single crucial element in your approach that will push you past where you have been before or even beyond what you ever thought was possible or that you were capable of.

To find your “why”, you must first ask yourself this question, “WHY am I starting this fitness or nutrition program?” 

What is the reasoning that will help to make it a consistent priority in your life? Is it to lose weight, improve health, sleep better, reduce stress, or set an example for your children?

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If your goal was to lose weight, the typical answer will be something like this:

I want to lose weight

I want to be healthier

I want to fit into my old skinny jeans

 

Now these are all good reasons but they are not yet your “why.” 

 

At this point, and based on the answers above, ask yourself these questions:

“WHY do I want to lose weight?”

“WHY do I want to be healthier?”

“WHY do I want to fit back into my skinny jeans?”

Digging Deep

When you add “why” in front of the above questions, it forces you to dig deep inside for your true health motivation. 

For example, when you ask yourself why you want to lose weight you might get answers like:

“I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I want to look better for my husband and be the only one that he is interested in. Or I’m back on the dating scene. I need to look my best.”

Other examples that examine why you might want to get healthier could be: “To reduce the likelihood of your life being cut short by some awful disease. Or because you want to be around to enjoy your grandchildren. You might be trying t eliminate medications and stop worrying about your health. Or, possibly you’re worried about having a heart attack because your blood pressure and cholesterol are high. Or how about, you have a young family and cannot imagine leaving them on their own.”

These are the true “whys.”  They are powerful and emotional reasons for following through with your fitness program or nutrition plan. 

Remembering that you are sick and tired of being overweight or that your health is at risk as your doctor has warned, or that you are in danger of a heart attack is how you create the unstoppable drive to stick to your fitness program and get your butt to the gym.

So if you are trying to decide if it’s time to improve your health – if you have already started a fitness program but you’ve lost your motivation, then it’s time to revisit your “why.”

 

Doing Your homework:

  1. Ask yourself “why you are doing this”.
  2. Then ask yourself “But WHY am I [insert answer to above question]”.
  3. Repeat as often as needed (even several times a day) until you have found your true drive and motivation.

Create yourself a goal so significant that no amount of effort or challenge will keep you from reaching it. If your WHY is strong enough, you can tolerate any HOW.

You need to make yourself a force to be reckoned with. In order to do that, you first need to get very clear on what you want to make possible for yourself. Do not limit yourself – stretch and challenge yourself – then just do it.

Everything you need to know to slow down and even reverse the aging clock can be found in my anti-aging library of help: “Reclaim Your Longevity.”

True Wealth is Defined by Health

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Wealth without health is useless. You need health in order to successfully make use of the any greatness you’ve achieved. That means being mobile physically and sharp mentally long into your senior years.

Let’s face it, it’s hard to travel, discover or explore the world when confined to a wheel chair or bed ridden – no matter how much money you have in the bank. Without mobility, simple pleasures like playing with your grand-kids become a major challenge. Without clarity of mind, you won’t be able to think clearly. You may consider yourself financially rich but you won’t have a wealthy life.

The reality is, without good health everything in life is diminished.

Research by Dr. Dean Ornish and team from the University of California, San Francisco revealed that “a program of healthy eating, exercise and stress reduction can not only reverse some diseases – it may actually slow down the aging process at the genetic level.”

It’s all comes down to lifestyle and daily habits…ones that contribute to health or subtract from it.

 

Positive Lifestyle Habits for the Body

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Adequate sleep – most people have no idea how important a good night’s sleep is to their ongoing health levels. A solid 7-8 hours’ sleep for most people is adequate, but if needed grab a short nap during the day to revive yourself.

Challenging physical activity – lean, strong muscle tissue is the key to keeping hormones balanced and humming effectively, avoiding disease and keeping the skeletal system strong.

Dark leafy vegetables – diet should include generous amounts of these nutrient dense foods along with fresh fruits, healthy fats, quality proteins and whole grains.

Deep breathing and stretching – keeps joints flexible and the body oxygenated.

Water – at least 8 glasses of fresh water as pure as we can get it should be the minimum adding more when working out. Water is what makes all the systems within our bodies work. Dehydration is a silent but damaging killer.

Focus on healthy fats – and elimination of unhealthy ones along with processed sugars and processed and preservative laden foods.

Elimination of damaging habits – smoking is destructive to the body and muddles the mind.

Positive Lifestyle Habits for the Mind

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Cognitive training – cognitive skills are key to optimal mental health. Cognitive training in the way of memory, reasoning or speed of processing exercises creates a winning combination. Remember, the brain is a muscle and like any other muscle in the body. It must be used if it is to stay sharp. Incorporate activities that challenge the thinking process. Exercise also comes into play. Those who exercise weekly maintain their cognitive functions better than those who don’t.

Additionally, you can also start a new hobby that will stimulate your thinking process or learn a new language. How about writing your memoir?

Social interaction – We are by nature, social creatures. Maintaining close-knit human bonds also helps to preserve cognitive functions later in life. Take on a part-time job or volunteer someplace. You’ll not only fill your “social requirement” but your heart will feel good too. Maintaining strong family ties is another important factor that contributes positively to our longevity.

The challenges that arise in your senior years can be anticipated and planned for by making smart decisions now – those that contribute to your ultimate goal of healthy longevity.

All my products support a whole body approach that supports both the body and the mind. If you are serious about achieving a truly healthy lifestyle, one of youth and vitality – “Reclaim Your Longevity” was created for you.

It will absolutely help you in every area of your life to stay as young, healthy and vibrant as possible.

Weight Gain and Lack of Sleep…

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Studies prove that lack of sleep shaves years (and joy) off your life. Not a good thing!

But lost years are not the only thing that lack of sleep affects.

If you are currently gaining weight and can’t figure out why or maybe you’re just have difficulty erasing those extra pounds and you have not considered your sleep patterns, it’s time you did.

Believe it or not, the solution to your weight loss issues could be as simple as regulating your sleep patterns.

Studies prove that sleep or lack thereof plays a primary role in weight gain. In fact, science is proving that “sleep is probably the most important thing a person can do if they’re ready to start a diet and lose weight.”

One such research study showed that women who only sleep 5 hours nightly gain weight more dramatically than those who get at least 7 hours sleep.

THEORIES:

Cortisol – Cortisol is the hormone that regulates the appetite and sleep deprivation is believed to affect the amount of Cortisol our bodies secrete. Lack of sleep can cause someone to feel hungry when they aren’t because of the way the metabolism reacts.

Sedentary lifestyle – Less active during the day usually equates to lack of sleep at night. Sleep is supposed to rejuvenate a tired body but if your body is sedentary during waking hours you’ll have difficulty falling asleep and remaining asleep.

Emotions – Emotions become chaotic and affected with lack of sleep and it’s not unusual to experience sudden bouts of depression, frustration and anger. Insomnia breeds crankiness and mind confusion those who don’t sleep do not have clarity of mind. They don’t think clearly – not the best mental conditions for losing weight and keeping it off.

With the proper amount of sleep, dieting and weight-loss is easier and focus and clarity are sharp. Your cognitive functions (reactions times, decision making and memory) will improve and you’ll be able to hone in on the important aspects of your life.

Truth is, weight loss and maintaining weight loss only works when both the body and the mind are working in unity with one another.

Motivation is another key element to losing weight and keeping it off. It takes a hefty dose of motivation in order to focus on and achieve your goals. If you are sleep deprived your motivation suffers causing your weight-loss to suffer too.

If you simply turn to medications to make your lack of sleep go away, you’ll be treading in dangerous territory and likely make your problem worse. It’s simply a temporary band-aid that solves nothing.

There are rituals that you can adopt that will help your system to unwind and slow down. A nice hot bath as well as writing or reading can all help prepare your body for sleep. You’ll also sleep better by reducing the stress in your life because less sleep equates to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol being released – increasing your appetite. If your mind is weak from lack of sleep, your will power will be also, leaving you open to choosing non-healthy foods over healthy ones. Stress also has a tendency to get the mind in high gear…so, avoid anything that might keep your mind in “alert status.”

Computers and all back-lit devices can also be a culprit to a good night’s sleep by affecting the release of the hormone melatonin. So, try and keep your electronic devices out of or away from your bedroom.

It doesn’t take a lot of sleep loss to affect your weight in a negative way. Just 30 minutes of lost sleep can actually cause you to be more likely to gain weight.

So, if you want “sleep like a baby” and remove that excess stubborn body weight give your body the nutrition it needs, get the required physical exercise your body is craving during the day, crank up a nice warm bath at night and crawl into bed with a good book.

The rewards for being fit and healthy during the day is a good nights sleep at night. 

Everything you need to know to slow down and even reversing the aging clock can be found in my anti-aging library of help: “Reclaim Your Longevity.” 

Get Healthier by Improving Blood Circulation…

heartXbloodXcirculationThe bloodstream or cardiovascular system that circulates throughout our bodies is a transport system for delivering oxygen, nutrients, hormones and other important elements to our cells, our skin, vital organs and brains.

It plays a vital role in our overall health and anyone who suffers with poor blood circulation will have difficulty performing athletically, yet performing athletically (movement) is exactly what is needed to get circulation moving again.

Lack of proper exercise and nutritionally poor diets (those containing Trans fats, too much alcohol and/or sugar intake) are two major contributors to poor blood flow/poor circulation.

Simple things like sitting too long in one stretch leads to poor blood circulation and anyone who has had to work a computer for hours on end can attest to that fact. Unfortunately these numbers are climbing with technology feeding our brains but robbing our bodies.

You could think of the bodies circulatory system as a system of rivers and its tributaries. When water is flowing freely through a river and its offspring (tributaries etc.) the eco system and all around is healthy and flourishing. Your veins and arteries are those rivers and their offspring is a diverse system of blood circulation through different types of “vessels.” If you don’t keep the blood circulating throughout these systems, if any area is denied “blood” things stagnate, dry up and die just like a rivers tributaries would if denied their life-force of water.

Studies have shown that cardiovascular disease is twice as likely to occur in those who are sedentary than those who that lead active lifestyles.

You “gotta” get your blood flowing!

Healthy blood flow is what increases oxygen to all your muscles and helps to remove unneeded waste. For most people, proper exercise is the simple answer to ensuring they have good blood flow to both their bodies and their brains.

Not only do we get a boost in oxygen to our muscles when exercising, but proper exercise releases our “feel good” endorphin’s (our natural pain-killers) so we experience an over-all sense of well-being and moments of euphoria – a sweet little bonus.

There are a variety of exercises that can be used to increase blood flow, boost oxygen and remove waste.

Stretching exercises are the perfect place to start and the perfect way to start your day – especially for anyone who presently struggles with strenuous activity. But, struggle or not, stretching is good for everyone. It pushes the blood and life-force throughout the circulatory system and is something everyone should be doing to some degree.

When stretching, begin slowly and only increase the speed of your stretching movements as you get used to them. Once you are, speed them up to increase your heart rate but keep your movement’s fluid to avoid hurting yourself by pulling a muscle.

Go for a walk. Walking is good for everyone and there’s no replacing fresh air when it comes to getting healthy. If possible take a nice long walk outside. It increases the oxygen, glucose and blood circulation to your body and brain and is great for increasing memory retention.

Jogging rather than walking will increase blood flow to the lungs, muscles and brain even more efficiently while giving you the added benefits of a toned body.

Yoga – all types of yoga – it’s all good. Find what fits you.

Strength training/resistance exercises are, not surprising the ideal exercise. Studies reveal that resistance exercise (bench presses, lunges, squats, etc.) provide an even greater increase in circulation throughout the body than aerobic type exercises so yet another great reason to make strength training part of your routine.

Added benefit: Regular exercise improves the blood flow in the small vessels that surround the heart so you’ll not only be improving your over-all health and fitness but you’ll be strengthening your heart at the same time.

 

Super-Foods

Don’t forget your diet.

Tap into the power of your diet to help improve circulation by eating more super-foods – those that contain “good fats,” and provide us with antioxidant power and inflammatory properties. Spinach, avocados, oranges, cayenne pepper, Chia and Flax Seeds, garlic, super nuts, and the variety of power berries such as black berries are all known to help circulation along, and that’s just the short list.

Give your blood a workout. Once you “get going,” your circulatory system “gets going” to keep up with you.

* Everything you need to know to slow down and even reverse the aging clock can be found in my anti-aging library of help: “Reclaim Your Longevity.”

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