TOP FIVE WAYS to ADD YEARS to YOUR LIFE
By Dr. Jonathan E. Aviv MD
WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 WAYS TO ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE?
It’s all in the word BLESS,
Where B is for Breathe, L is for Love, E is for EAT, S is for SLEEP and the 2nd S is for SKIP, as in exercise or movement. So the Top 5 ways to add years to your life is to BLESS.
And BLESS is about balancing the body and the mind.
1. The First way to add years to your life is to BREATHE.
What you Breathe is where it all starts, So DON'T SMOKE. ANY smokable will take away years from your life. Smoke from cigars & cigarettes inflames and swells every tissue in its path. It causes cancer of the lips, tongue, tonsils, throat, vocal cords, lungs and esophagus. For those of you that say “I don't inhale, so I’ll be okay.” I say, show me your superman cape, because you can tell microscopic smoke particles where to go. For those of you that say “I never smoke cigarettes”. I say “A single joint is like smoking a pack of cigarettes.”
So get rid of the smokables and you will add years to your life (1).
2. The Second way to add years to your life is to LOVE.
Any kind of love. Love for your doggie, love for your kitty cat. Love for your significant other, love for your child, love for your mother, your father, love for your friend, love for yourself, and, of course, love for your Lord. Unselfish love, including helping others, which is what everyone here is doing today is “necessary for maintaining that body mind balance”.
Having that love, and giving that love, will add years to your life (2).
3. The Third way to add years to your life is to EAT.
Eating a balanced diet is critical for attaining longevity. You don't want a deprivation diet, where proteins, fats and carbohydrates are eliminated or severely restricted. Nutritional balance, such as that seen with the Acid Watcher Diet, which is a low acid, high fiber, nutritionally balanced diet, is the goal you want to achieve. One of the key features of the diet is to eat a half a pound of fruit and one pound of vegetables a day. It seems like a lot, but it really isn’t, as an apple and a banana is about half a pound, and 5 medium size carrots is a pound. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables protect your heart and your nervous system, it takes away inflammation in the body, and strengthens the body mind balance.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet will add years to your life (3).
4. The Fourth way to add years to your life is to SLEEP.
Sleep is one of the most important factors responsible for maintaining a healthy body and mind. There is a positive relationship between sleep quality, survival, and successful aging. What’s the sweet spot? Get at least 5 hours of sleep per night, ideally 6-8 hours.
Getting enough sleep will add years to your life (4).
5. The Fifth way to add years to your life, the second S in BLESS, is to SKIP, as in exercise or movement. ANY kind of movement, whether it’s walking, climbing stairs, DANCING, or playing sports, will add years to your life. So get off the couch, get off your chair, get away from your desk and MOVE. People always want to know “how much exercise do I need?”
The answer is, if you take a brisk walk of only 30 minutes/day, every day, you will add years to your life (5).
So the TOP 5 WAYS TO ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE is to BLESS. And this BLESS has ONE DON'T and Four DO’s. DON'T SMOKE, DO LOVE, DO EAT, DO SLEEP, and DO MOVE.
Breathe, Love, Eat, Sleep, Skip. Thank you and God BLESS.
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3. vel Szic, KS, Declerck K, Vidakovic, M. Vanden Bergh, W. (2015). From inflammaging to healthy aging by dietary lifestyle choices: is epigenetics the key to personalized nutrition? Clinical Epigenetics 7:33.
4. Mazzotti, DR, Guindalini, C, dos Santos Moraes, WA. (2014). Human longevity is associated with regular sleep patterns, maintenance of slow wave sleep, and favorable lipid profile. Front Aging Neurosci., 6(134): 1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2014.00134
5. Sharma, S, Merghani A, Mont L. (2015). Exercise and the heart: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Eur Heart J. Jun 14;36(23):1445-1453.