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Healthy Aging

Postby Canuck Singh » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:12 pm

Aging may be more related to stress and the absence of disease rather than to a person's chronological age, according to research presented recently at the 114th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Or from the yogic perspective, age is not the measure of how old you are, but how flexible the spine is...

Acute forms of stress are good as they improve our health by boosting the immune system and metal function. These are usually short-term, intense, intermittent activities such as exercise, sports, public speaking or meeting a work dead line. However, chronic stress has the opposite effect on health and can lead to disorders like depression, diabetes, cognitive impairment and brain ageing.

These effects stem from the interactions within the brain and the endocrine system in response to various forms of stress. Evidence shows how ***ulative stress promotes the occurrence of disease more than chronological ageing by decreasing anabolic hormone levels (the muscle builders like growth hormones, testosterone, estrogen and thyroid) while increasing levels of the catabolic hormones. This profile destroys the immune system, blocks muscle growth and promotes body fat accumulation. The key to good health appears to be moderating stress levels alongside a commitment to exercise and a nutritious diet.

The scientists presenting this research conducted extensive interviews on healthy people that lived past 100 years of age. Interestingly, these people report three coping strategies to life; acceptance, not worrying and taking things one day at a time
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Re: Healthy Aging

Postby Canuck Singh » Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:57 pm

7 Tips on Living Longer and Healthier

1. Get married. And exchanging vows has many medical perks. Studies reveal the death rate for people who were not
hitched were significantly higher compared to those who were living with their spouses. Love is very important.

2. Laugh out loud. Well maybe you know about this one. After all they say that laughter is the best medicine. It increases your immune system response, lowers blood sugar levels in diabetes, increases oxygen flow throughout your whole body and helps induce a relaxed state of sleep. And get this; when you laugh you increase your blood flow by 22% compared to a decrease of 35% when you're stressed.

3. Buy a pet. Having a doggie or a kitty in your house works wonders by reducing stress, lowering cholesterol, and decreasing blood pressure. Pet ownership even increases survival after a heart attack. And having a pet makes you smile, which is close to laughing.

4. Share a hug. Couples who have physical contact, such as a hug and hand holding, lowered their heart rates and blood pressure by 50%. Nice. Plus it reduces the bad effects of stress. So whether you're going through good times or hard times, be affectionate. Love is all you need.

5. Stay positive. If you think of the glass as half full, you're on the right track. People with a positive outlook typically live 19% longer than those who see the glass as half empty. Optimists are also less likely to suffer depression and helplessness than their pessimist counterparts. So make sure that your friends are positive people, too.


6. Go to the dentist. Not too thrilled about this one? Well, as you age those trips to drill land are important to prevent and treat gingivitis or gum inflammation. This mild form of mouth disease causes your gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. This is reversible with attention, but when left untreated can lead to many problems such as heart issues, lung disease, and diabetes.

7. Supplement with resveratrol. The case for taking vitamins is strong and the case for taking resveratrol is becoming greater with each passing day.
- Courtesy of Dr Dharma
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