The longevity lifestyle is a way of approaching life that sees health-improvement as an enjoyable and worthwhile endeavor.
People who live the longevity lifestyle have a mindset toward prevention.
A prevention mindset is an outlook – a way of orienting the mind toward those positive lifestyle habits that discourage disease.
It means being cognizant that your health is a top priority.
What it doesn’t mean is that you make the perfect choice in every moment.
We’re human and so none of us make perfectly healthy decisions every single moment.
However, the idea behind the longevity lifestyle is to make it your primary intention to put to good use the best health information to which you have access.
Setting Your Primary Intention for Improved Health
Here’s what I’ve learned about life: when we decide something, our unconscious minds have a funny way of conspiring to help us get what we want.
The more firm we are in our decision, the more clever and diligent our unconscious minds work toward finding solutions to achieve that very thing we want most.
It often seems that the conventional model of health is to wait until there’s a symptom then try to get a drug prescription in an attempt to alleviate the symptom – which may or may not even solve the sponsoring problem.
But why wait until you or someone you love has a significant health challenge before making health your number-one priority?
When we firmly decide that our health is the most important thing in our lives, and when we believe that good health is the foundation for a happy and meaningful life, that’s when we begin having a prevention mindset.
The prevention mindset is your choice.
It’s your body, your life, your rules.
And it’s entirely up to you whether or not to consciously make improving your health your top priority. Don’t let yourself be shamed or forced into living the longevity lifestyle.
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Do You Really Believe in Prevention?
As we approach our 50s, we begin to notice changes.
Sometimes we notice a subtle decline in our physical energy, while other times the drop in energy is not so subtle: fatigue, depression, impaired memory, or loss of libido.
Sometimes our physical energy is okay, but our emotional energy is… flat. We just don’t lunge out of bed in the morning with enthusiasm anymore.
For men, our lowered testosterone levels can impair our bodies’ ability to clear excess cholesterol from our blood and increase our vulnerability to serious diseases.
As a big believer in prevention, I ask, “why not get a jump on excellent health now?”
After all, excellent health is the ultimate potentiality.
When you’re healthy, all is excitingly possible.
4 Questions that Help Predict Your Own Future
Here are some clarifying questions that may prove helpful to you:
- on a scale of 1-to-10, how do you typically feel when you wake up each morning – “10” being enthusiastic and clear-headed, “1” being groggy with a food hangover?
- on a scale of 1-to-10, how do you feel at this exact moment – “10” feeling lean, flexible, energized and strong, “1” feeling bloated and “blah?”
- if you were to lift up your shirt and look at your abs right now, would you see definition of your abdominal muscles showing under the skin of your belly?
- pretend that you will keep on pretty much the same path that you’re on now, and then imagine yourself waking up in the morning 20 years from now – how does your mind and outlook feel, and what is your body telling you?
Why Wellness is the Ultimate Wealth
Are you intrigued by the idea of adding high-energy years to your life?
If I ask people whether they currently have a strategy for aging successfully, I often get “glassy eyes.”
They just don’t connect with what I’m saying.
But if I ask them to imagine themselves waking up in the morning 20 years from that very moment – to pause, close their eyes, and really, viscerally, feeeeeel that moment – then they usually make the connection.
When you improve your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, it adds more years to your life. And more importantly, it adds more life to your years.
The longevity lifestyle is a system of living that optimizes your thinking, feeling, and habits so that you can live the longest, happiest life possible.
Wellness is wealth.
When you have optimal wellness, anything is possible – your present, and future, are wide open.
Your wellness has to take the front seat in your life because nearly everything else you do depends upon it.
…sometimes our physical energy is okay, but our emotional energy is flat. We just don’t lunge out of bed in the morning with enthusiasm anymore”
The Midlife Epiphany
There are two life events, in particular, that facilitate this epiphany that health is the foundation upon which everything good in life is built – and inspire people to begin living the longevity lifestyle:
~ a friend or loved-one gets a life-challenging illness, such as cancer.
When you see someone you care about experience intense illness, it occurs to you with crystal clarity: if you have excellent health, what else matters? Any problem can be solved, any stale situation can be made fresh.
~ you pass the 45-year mark.
Statistically, after age 45 is when there is a significant jump in the number of profound health challenges that people experience.
Basically, the “bill comes due” for the way we’ve been living and thinking up to that point.
No matter how busy you are or how much you try not to think about such things, at some point – usually between the ages of 45 and 50, you will feel changes in your body, your stamina, your emotional energy, your libido, your flexibility and strength, and your zest.
If you’re under 40, it’s never too early to start building your successful aging strategy. If you’re over 50, it’s never too late.
Living the Longevity Lifestyle from Day to Day
Here’s the thing: how people change has been relentlessly studied.
What has been well-researched, yet little-known is this: when people acquire new good habits, it’s most often because they move through 5 stages of permanent change:
- Extensive studies have shown us that permanent change occurs in: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance.
- Among my main motivations for crafting this site was to help you specifically with Stage 3, preparation. This is the most crucial, and most overlooked stage of permanent change.
- Skipping this stage is what blocks people from living the longevity lifestyle.
…when people are not able to make changes stick, it has been proven that it’s most often because they skip stage 3: preparation”
What I’ve learned, first-hand, is that prosperity springs from relationships.
The more people you know and like, the more potential for money to enter your life.
In my case, when my relationships improved, my net worth significantly increased.
Also, my physical health improved dramatically. Quality relationships are a verified component of a long life expectancy.
Dan, age 54, explains “The aging athlete deals with a lot of changes. More recovery is needed than ever before. Workouts have to be focused and deliberate. Injuries can be more frequent and harder to bounce back from. However, perspective is required to keep a positive attitude so there isn’t an unfair comparison to younger athletes – but rather, a thankfulness that you are still healthy, competitive and fit.”
What it comes down to is this: longevity requires self-care.
And self-care requires time and energy. Efficiency systems – or productivity tools – are the key to freeing up the time and energy necessary for self-care. Efficiency is also integrated into the self-care protocols themselves, freeing up even more time to spend with your friends and loved ones.
Picture Yourself with a Tight Waist and a Flat Belly
Within the Quality of Life Newsletter (our free weekly updates), I share some very special nutrient-dense, delicious smoothie recipes.
I put a lot of thought into these recipes to keep the transitions (from beginning-level to advanced-level) smooth and the effects dramatic.
Though the smoothie ingredients cost a bit upfront, many last a long, long time; in fact, ultimately green smoothies help me save money because I rarely eat out anymore.
And I no longer have to grab “emergency” food on the go when my blood sugar drops, because my blood sugar rarely drops unexpectedly anymore.
This is because the way I make green smoothies is with a minimum of simple carbs and an abundance of healthy fats.
Green smoothies provide me with sustained energy.
And it takes less time to make a green smoothie than it does eggs or oatmeal, especially when you factor in clean-up.
I don’t spend as much money on nutritional supplements, because I get many of them naturally now, from whole-food sources, within my green smoothies.
One of the key tricks to unlocking your longevity potential is to consume high amounts of dark leafy greens each day. Green smoothies provide an easy and delicious solution for this.
Personally, when I started drinking green smoothies, I wasn’t trying to lose belly fat or any weight at all.
I just wanted to be healthier, stronger, and have more energy.
I was thinking long-term – to get as many nutrients and superfoods into my body as I needed to feel fantastic, extend my lifespan, and prevent illness.
But then, a funny thing started to happen: my waist started to shrink …I lost four inches without even thinking about it.
Moving into Action is Better than Procrastination
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If my invitation to subscribe to our free newsletter feels like a pressure tactic, that’s because – in a sense – it is.
I want to encourage you to not put-off taking your health to the next level of excellence.
The longer you delay, the more problems compound.
You love life, you love your family and friends, so I encourage you to do this for them also – because you can’t love them, and take care of them, and be there for them if you’re exhausted… or, if you’re not even around.
The standard way of operating in the modern world simply does not support successful aging. There are too many synthetics and too much bad food, noise, pollution, and stress.
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What Are the Factors that Determine Longevity?
An 8-decade study draws important conclusions about who lives the best, and longest lives.
All the way back in 1921, Stanford Professor Dr. Lewis Terman launched a study intended to look at intellectual leadership. His primary interest was: high potential.
Dr. Terman studied 1,500 hand-picked boys and girls (all born around 1910). The thing is, his interviews were so detailed that his study later became useful in another arena – the longevity lifestyle.
Who Lives the Longest?
Dr. Terman began his study by collecting a variety of information, such as:
- how many books were in the child’s home
- how active they were at playtime
- how happy were their parents’ marriage
He measured their personalities, dispositions, and habits – and he followed them as they chose their careers and had their own families.
His comprehensive work made it possible for researchers Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin to perform an 80-year study, though neither of them has even been alive 80 years.
The Longevity Sample
Sure, 1,500 people is a relatively tiny sample size. One can also question the diversity of the sample, which appears to have been mostly white and middle class.
On the other hand, uniformity of sample makes sense in this case (the more controlled variables, the more accurate the study).
The real problem with the lack of diversity is how well the findings can be extrapolated and applied to humanity as a whole.
Either way, the sheer duration of the study should most certainly count for something about what constitutes the longevity lifestyle.
Figuring Out Why Some People Live Longer
Unless two people started out exactly identical at birth, and one ate only broccoli while the other ate only fried steak, an accurate comparison is truly impossible (even then, they’d have to be locked in a room and provided with identical stimuli).
The study of human health is exceedingly complex because we do not live in a vacuum.
The factors that influence our overall health are too numerous to count – and it’s safe to say that many of these factors remain unknown.
This is one of the great advantages of a study that spans a lifetime. With a life-long approach, researchers are able to determine which characteristics influence qualities, behaviors, and outcomes and construct a longevity lifestyle.
What causes the well-being of people with similar backgrounds to diverge? This type of study is arguably the best way to investigate such phenomena (short of a sample of millions of clones).
The Longevity Study
Many studies are flawed because they rely too heavily on participants’ self-reports. This study does rely on quizzes to assess sociability, neuroticism, and the tendency to catastrophize. Of course, the one place where no self-report was necessary was lifespan itself.
By obtaining the participants’ death certificates, researchers could be quite certain how long they lived.
They used statistical models, as well as examinations of personalities, social relations, and behaviors – matching them against lifespan and ultimate cause of death.
Notable trends in the longevity lifestyle emerged:
- people who build for themselves a community of friends who need their help (and they, in return, need theirs) live longer and happier
- hard workers who are accomplished and feel successful experience better health and a longer lifespan
- good nutritional habits prolong wellness and improve daily quality of life
New Antioxidant Anti-Aging Pill Extending Human Lifespan
A newly discovered antioxidant promises to improve quality of life in the second half of the human lifespan.
Breakthroughs in longevity science are happening with increasing frequency.
History, however, has shown that significant scientific advances are often met with skepticism.
Such is the case for Russian professor and biochemist Vladimir Skulachev, as he closes-in on a cure for one of the main factors of aging: oxidative stress.
Though his claims are lofty, he asserts that there is an antioxidant compound that can substantially extend the average human lifespan.
His efforts over the past forty years lend credibility to his claims.
Antioxidant in Superfoods Might Help You Live Better
As head of the bioenergetics department at Moscow State University, Professor Skulachev published numerous papers contributing to our collective understanding of the aging process.
More recently he has studied a particular antioxidant substance, SKQ1, and shown that it functions at a sub-cellular level to reduce harmful oxidative effects.
If successful, his current work on a cure for aging would truly be the culmination of a lifetime of study and research.
Skulachev’s new anti-aging compound has already undergone substantial animal testing and is now in the first stages of clinical trial on humans.
He reports that he has successfully tested the anti-aging compound on himself and hopes to make it available to the public within the next two years.
This new antioxidant therapy does not claim to extend the maximum human lifespan. However, it does promise to help more of us live active lives, longer.
The 18 Controllable Causes of Age-Related Disease
SKQ1 is an intriguing future supplement that addresses oxidative stress. It’s important to realize, however, that oxidative stress is just one factor-of-aging.
There are 18 controllable causes of age-related disease.
The good news is that an anti-inflammatory diet – consistently consumed – and an intelligent exercise regimen – done habitually – go a long way in helping to counteract aging.
There is a strategic sequence to self-care.
If you want to lengthen your healthspan – that is, the number of years within your lifespan in which you enjoy robust, vibrant health – then go take care of your daily diet, sleep patterns, and exercise first.
Once you’re bringing your A-game to your daily diet, sleep, and exercise habits, then you might choose to take your longevity strategy still further.
For this, I suggest you create your own personal wellness team.
Consult with your healthy-aging medical doctor, your nutritionist, naturopath, and whomever else you respect who can support you on your journey to extreme health.
Consider finding an accountability partner so that you can encourage each other during the pursuit of goals.
…if you want to go deeper than making just a few changes and you want to dive into a more advanced age-reversing program, [then create] a plan to counterattack the eighteen most common things that age us” – Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somer’s book, Bombshell, reveals recent medical breakthroughs that are redefining aging.
Together, Somers and Life Extension Foundation (LEF) have outlined the latest solutions for the 18 aging factors. Keep in mind that emotional stress accelerates each of these:
- Chronic Inflammation
- Mitochondrial Dysfunction
- Hormone Imbalance
- Excess Calcification
- Digestive Enzyme Deficit
- Fatty Acid Imbalance
- DNA Mutation
- Immune Dysfunction
- Enzyme Imbalance
- Loss of Mitochondria
- Circulatory Deficit
- Loss of Youthful Gene Expression
- Loss of Insulin Sensitivity
- Loss of Bone Density
- Oxidative Stress
Remember, each of the above aging factors has a solution, and that makes these exciting times in longevity science.
Flavonoids are a large class of plant pigments that seem to have a particular structure that the human body enjoys and responds to positively.
Another rare flavonoid has been recently identified that also might be able to help you stay younger longer and increase your overall vitality.
Rare Plant Pigment Provides Healing and Slows Aging
Many people who take flavonoids regularly in various supplement forms have endorsed them for their restorative impact.
The flavonoid fisetin has longevity researchers feeling especially enthusiastic lately.
Fisten is naturally occurring in strawberry, mango, and some trees. Nevertheless, it is somewhat rare.
Research Reveals Antioxidant Fisetin Improves Vitality
Could fisetin really be the newest longevity supplement that helps people to live longer and have more energy?
Here are the perceived benefits of this promising anti-aging nutrient:
- enables and encourages many of our bodies’ own cellular maintenance and repair systems
- only known polyphenol to encourage certain antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic mechanisms in our bodies
- protects sub-cellular systems like mitochondria, proteasomes, and lysosomes
- reduces inflammation
Many of the benefits of fisetin consumption mirror the benefits of a “Caloric Restriction regimen.” This process is thought to increase lifespan by lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and fasting glucose levels. The idea is to keep daily caloric intake within a certain window.
When was the last time you ate mango, with the naturally occurring fisetin antioxidant?
Seaweed Contributes to Japanese Longevity
“Food is medicine.” So say the Japanese, whose culture has a much lower incidence of age-related diseases than their Western counterparts.
Historically, the Japanese diet has generally been rich in fish, fruits, and veggies. But there is one staple of the Japanese diet that really stands out: daily consumption of seaweed.
Could seaweed help us to improve our nutrition in the west, by filling in something important that has been missing from our diet?
Nutrition within Seaweed Contributes to Longer Life
This is yet another superfood that is proving to help humans live longer and better lives. Seaweed is quickly becoming known as one of these longevity foods.
Our ancestors waded in coastal waters and ate seaweed and sea vegetables rich in iodine and dense concentrations of minerals – an adaptation that gave us a competitive advantage to survive and grow larger, more complex brains. Today, we need to eat more vegetables from the sea, packing our diets even more full of [naturally occurring] vitamins and antioxidants.” – Terry Wahls, MD
Certain seaweed species contain high concentrations of fucoidans.
Fucoidans are molecules which have been a strong focus of age research for the past decade-plus. The strongest pro-fucoidan evidence comes from a species of brown seaweed known as Undaria pinnatifida.Seaweed is one secret to Japanese longevity. Can seaweed fill a nutrition gap in the West?Click To Tweet
There are many varieties of fucoidan-rich seaweed in the Japanese diet:
- wakame (Undaria pinnatifida)
In the modern Japanese culture, the average person eats 4-6 grams of seaweed per day. It seems that could be a huge piece of the puzzle missing from Western nutrition.
researchers believe that the shorter life and health spans observed in Western populations result in part from the near total absence of dietary fucoidans”
This is most obvious when researchers look at the Okinawan diet. Okinawa has long been known for its large population of centenarians.
Longevity Science looks closely at cultures that are enjoying a long life, high energy, great health, and a better quality of life to determine which of the lifestyle habits can be replicated to in order to help others live their best lives, too.
An added benefit of this dietary algae is that it exerts anti-tumor activity (possibly through enhancing the immune response), so that means that it could be a food or supplement that helps to prevent cancer.
Seaweed also helps prevent iodine deficiency and helps protect the body from environmental radiation.
Bridging the Nutrition Gap
Whether we eat more:
- wakame salad
- roast seaweed chips…
…or, just throw a bit of organic, unpolluted seaweed into our green smoothies, fucoidans appear to be something we should seriously consider implementing into our diets. One can also get fucoidan brown seaweed extract in supplement form (which is what I take).
The Power of Seaweed
Studies show that fucoidans hold promise in areas such as:
- therapeutic intervention for humans exposed to dioxin (this includes most of us, considering that dioxin is now found in every mothers’ breast milk)
- enhancing the immune system
- prevention of certain infectious diseases (malaria, herpes)
- blocking cancer cells from spreading (and even triggering their early death)
- healing and tissue regeneration
- relieving arthritis pain
- combating cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome
Beneficial effects of fucoidans are reportedly found in the range of 75-300 mg daily.
Average Human Lifespan by Country – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy
Oxidative Effects – http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-oxidation.htm
Are All Longevity Claims Legitimate? – http://singularityhub.com/2010/09/21/did-a-russian-scientist-really-cure-aging-or-is-it-just-a-fluke-video/
Blood Sugar and Exercise – https://plus.google.com/114722508362900147006/posts/4CRMEDHPB1R
You Are Eating More Calories Than You Think – http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2010/jul2010_You-Are-Eating-More-Calories-Than-You-Think_01.htm
Okinawans Live Longer – http://www.okinawa-diet.com/okinawa_diet/okinawa_diet_food_pyramid.html
Japanese Longevity – http://healthland.time.com/2011/09/05/japanese-longevity-—-how-long-will-it-last/
Fucoidans – http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/may2011_The-Little-Known-Longevity-Factor-in-the-Japanese-Diet_01.htm
Natural Solutions to Hypertension – http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/abstracts/may2011_SHBG-Fucoidan-Aspirin-Hypertension_02.htm
Seaweed Variation – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakame
Cancer Rates Expected to Increase 75% by 2030 – Medical News Today – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/246061.php
The Longevity Project – http://www.howardsfriedman.com/longevityproject/
Decades of Data Reveal Path to Long Lifespan – http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/03/the-longevity-project-decades-of-data-reveal-paths-to-long-life/72290/
Links Between Diet and Chronic Disease Becoming Clearer – http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/83/2/410S.full
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Data Hub for Healthy Aging – http://www.cdc.gov/aging/data/index.htm