Making small adjustments to achieve a healthy lifestyle is not as difficult/complex as some may think. Here are some golden nutritional recommendations for longevity, and a healthy lifestyle. Understanding these golden suggestions is a first step towards developing and maintaining sustainable changes. Our health coach and nutritionist can develop an optimal customized nutritional program that is focused on teaching individuals how to promote lifelong transformations and become more connected with mind and body.
Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables at least six+ portions every day to ensure the body absorbs essential micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber. A golden recommendation is to count the fruit and vegetable colors instead of calories. Eating the food rainbow is an ideal way to get a variety of vitamins.
These foods contain phytochemicals and help reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. These include:
Orange and yellow foods
These are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C to promote healthy skin and vision.
Are all ways to obtain orange and yellow nutrients.
These are high in Vitamin K, antioxidants, and folates highly beneficial to bone health. These include:
Blue and purple foods
These contain antioxidants that help with heart disease and protect the body’s cells. Included are:
Added sugars and refined flour have none of the essential fiber and micronutrients the body needs to feel full. Whole grains are fiber-rich. This helps increase feeling full and satisfied, which helps block sugar cravings. Go for whole wheat flour instead of refined flour. Limit sugar intake by using the natural sweetness of fruits. Add fruits to meals to increase the sweetness if necessary.
Plenty of Water
Drinking half of an individual’s body weight is essential each day. 10-12 ounces of water before a meal will help increase full satisfaction and make an individual more aware of the body�s hunger cues. Golden suggestion, use a reusable water bottle can help keep track of water intake throughout the day.
12/12 Meal Schedule
Schedule the three main meals within a 12-hour window to avoid snacking throughout the day. The body needs to rest, digest, and reset between meals and overnight.
Stop Eating 3 Hours Before Sleeping
The body’s metabolism starts to slow down around 7-8 p.m. Research shows this timeframe falls in line when the body starts to tire and wind down. Allow the body to rejuvenate cells instead of wasting energy on digesting calories that don’t get burned for energy while sleeping.
Daily Physical Activity
Daily exercise contributes to overall health and longevity. Regular exercise can help in the treatment of chronic illnesses and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Every day try to complete 50-60 minutes of low-impact physical activity, and 15-20 minutes of moderate-high intensity cardio. Each week make two of the 20-minute workouts to strength training.
Electronic devices distract from the body’s natural hunger cues. Screens should be put away during meals to pay attention to the food and proper consumption. Watching TV or scrolling through social media has been shown to increase calorie intake.
Plenty of Sleep
Sleep deprivation alters the body’s hormones that control/regulate hunger cues. When the body loses sleep, the body begins to crave more food more often. Even after the body has had the necessary nutrients. A golden recommendation is to develop a relaxing nighttime routine that will enhance the length and quality of sleep. The goal is for 8-10 hours of sleep a night.
Incorporate stress-reducing activities into a regular routine. Constant stress on the body can contribute to cardiovascular disease. Activities help take the mind off thoughts, memories, and events that cause stress and worry. These include:
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Although still not fully proven but on the right track was that the availability of folate improved the regeneration of the adult central nervous system after injury through an epigenetic mechanism.
During the last couple of years, we witnessed a remarkable increase in the number of studies addressing the relationship between epigenetic alterations and aging. Still in its infancy, and still focusing mainly on brain aging, this research clearly indicated that epigenetic mechanisms are not only responsible, in part, for the aging process but they are also dynamically related with memory formation and maintenance.
Penner MR, Roth TL, Barnes CA, Sweatt JD. An epigenetic hypothesis of aging-related cognitive dysfunction. Front Aging Neurosci 2010; 2:9.
The manipulation of the epigenome for memory improvement became possible through changes in histone acetylation.
The Link: Nutrition & Longevity
Research to complete the chain of nutrition to epigenetic changes to how we age is still ongoing.
Present knowledge of the epigenetic roles in nutrition having to do with longevity/aging relies on the structure of three components:
Nutritionally guided epigenetic modification
Age-related epigenetic changes
Comprehensive knowledge of both of these components
The first two are being developed quickly, but the third is the most demanding in terms of design, time, allocation, and cost. This takes more time. But technology/humanity is moving along at a quick pace, as well, because at the end of the day we all want to be healthy.
Therefore, Nutritional intervention, when applied at critical periods (e.g., embryonic and fetal development) is having a profound effect as to how the epigenome gets shaped.
When considering the beginning of chronic disease/s, being able to fight disease/s with food sounds like a win-win. If epigenetic/genomic nutrition can help in figuring out what we need to beat disease/s, then let’s go!
We all have learned about the importance of having good posture. From a young age, people are told time and time again that sitting tall, holding your head high and maintaining good posture is essential. Besides seeming poised and professional at all times, is having good posture significant towards our overall health and wellness?
When you keep good posture, you can reinforce the fundamental alignment of your neck and back, and you can keep your spine straight, healthy and aligned accordingly. Studies have shown that good posture can help you get more energy. If you would like to remain healthy, in reality, good posture is necessary. In summary, proper posture is a good sign of well-being. When you’ve got poor posture, it’s not just bad for your spine, it can also have catastrophic side effects as well as an impact on longevity.
Spinal Curvature Changes
One of the most prominent negative effects we have a tendency to see from poor posture is an alteration in the natural curve of the spine. Normal spinal curvature has a specific shape. Should you spend a year sitting or standing with improper posture, however, your spine is set under a lot of pressure. This is because you are placing your spine in a position that is unnatural. These changes in the spinal curve don’t just cause pain and discomfort, they might also prevent your spine from having the ability to absorb shock and maintain balance.
Studies have found that sitting all day with bad posture may affect your digestive system. Your organs are actually compressed by poor posture and leaves them incapable of functioning properly. This can slow down the digestive process and affect your metabolism, at the same time, lasting compression of the digestive organs can impair your body’s ability to consume and process food. You may wind up with life-changing metabolic issues.
Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Both an Australian research on poor posture and longevity as well as an English study on posture and sitting found that people that sit all day with bad posture have an increased likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease. You may not only experience a shorter life expectancy, but one assessment found that those who sit the majority of the day experienced a stunning 147 percent increase in cardiovascular disease.
If you sit all day with poor posture, you’re preventing your body from getting the essential circulation it needs. This can actually lead to the formation of varicose (spider) veins. This is particularly common in women.
If you spend enough time sitting with poor posture, you can begin to experience chronic back pain and disc degeneration, among other spinal health issues. People who maintain poor posture often experience painful symptoms without knowing the source of their health issues. These problems can often be traced back to the stress that’s been placed on the spine.
Overall, your poor posture may be doing more than simply impacting how you look. Take the opportunity to try and get up and move during the day, sit up with your shoulders back and your spine straight and visit a chiropractor for diagnosis and treatment of your back pain caused by poor posture. Taking the opportunity to correct your posture can not only help you look better, it can also keep you from experiencing a variety of serious health issues later on.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has confirmed that poor posture is directly associated with longevity. The study followed 1,353 patients for a mean of 4.2 years. It confirmed, at least theoretically, what many chiropractors have been saying for many years: poor posture, including forward head posture, slumped shoulders, and excessive kyphosis from the upper or mid back, causes a significant effect on longevity.
In addition, bad posture can result in various spinal health issues, including hyperkyphosis or increased forward bend in the torso. This posture overtime will lead to the degeneration of one’s health by means of physiological processes like nerve wracking, organ compression, and arthritis, to name a few. The research study demonstrated that patients with hyperkyphosis had a greater rate of mortality compared to those without this postural problem. It was also found that the more severe the hyperkyphosis, the likelier the individual’s life expectancy would be affected.
Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Insight
Posture is the position in which a person holds their body while standing or sitting. While posture can say a lot about a person, whether they’re standing straight or hunching over, posture can actually define how healthy a person really is. Poor posture can cause a variety of side effects, according to research studies, and it may even impact an individual’s longevity. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective, alternative treatment option which can help promote proper posture to prevent spinal health issues.
Fundamentally, hyperkyphotic posture forecasts increased mortality because the problem increases the rate of aging. Chiropractic care is devoted to correcting as well as ensuring proper spinal alignment so that patients may live the longest, healthiest lives possible. Chiropractors emphasize the importance of correcting spinal misalignments, or subluxationx, by restoring the structure and function of the spine through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .
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Additional Topics: Back Pain
According to statistics, approximately 80% of people will experience symptoms of back pain at least once throughout their lifetimes. Back pain is a common complaint which can result due to a variety of injuries and/or conditions. Often times, the natural degeneration of the spine with age can cause back pain. Herniated discs occur when the soft, gel-like center of an intervertebral disc pushes through a tear in its surrounding, outer ring of cartilage, compressing and irritating the nerve roots. Disc herniations most commonly occur along the lower back, or lumbar spine, but they may also occur along the cervical spine, or neck. The impingement of the nerves found in the low back due to injury and/or an aggravated condition can lead to symptoms of sciatica.
Adding a few miles of biking each day to your commute might add years to your life span, new research suggests. The British study found that bicycling to work appeared to halve people’s odds for serious disease and premature death.
Researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland looked at the commuting habits of more than 264,000 people in the United Kingdom and tracked their health over five years.
Cycling to work was associated with a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease over five years and a 45 percent lower risk of cancer compared to a sedentary commute. Risk of premature death was 41 percent lower. Walking to work was also beneficial, but not to the same degree.
Hoofing it was associated with a 27 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 36 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease. However, it wasn’t linked with a lower risk of cancer or premature death, the study found.
The study doesn’t establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship between commuting by bike and longevity.
Still, “if these associations are causal, these findings suggest that policies designed to make it easier for people to commute by bike … may present major opportunities for public health improvement,” said researcher Dr. Jason Gill in a university news release. He’s with the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences.
Gill suggested bike lanes, city bike-sharing, subsidized bicycle purchases and increased accommodation of bicycles on public transit.
The researchers said cycle commuting may offer greater health benefits than walking because cyclists cover longer distances, get more intense exercise, and have higher levels of fitness than walkers.
For example, cyclists commuted an average of 30 miles a week, compared with 6 miles a week for walkers.
The study was published April 20 in the journal BMJ.
The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic and spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss options on the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .
SOURCE: University of Glasgow, news release, April 20, 2017
Additional Topics: Chiropractic and Athletic Performance
Chiropractic care is a popular, alternative treatment option which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries and/or conditions associated to the musculoskeletal and nervous system, primarily the spine. Many athletes, and civilians alike, seek chiropractic care to restore their natural health and wellness, however, chiropractic has been demonstrated to benefit athletes by increasing their athletic performance.
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