Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Let’s Live to 100!

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the United States currently has the greatest number of centenarians in the world, estimated at 70,490 on September 1, 2010. That’s a lot of people, so why not you and me, too? While I know genetics play a role, life style and thought processes have an even bigger impact on life expectancy. This is why I do what I do and have the mission of helping you look, feel, and be your very best – for as long as possible.

There are several things you can do beginning today to increase your odds of becoming a centenarian and live well as you go. Strive for a plant-based diet as much as possible, emphasizing complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats from fruits and vegetables. To stay energized and mentally sharp, include legumes (beans), nuts, seeds, and whole grains (look for the word “whole” before wheat in the ingredient list). Stick to the limit when drinking: two drinks/day for men and one for women, and don’t start if you don’t already drink. Exercise as close to everyday as you can and be joyful as you do! Movement is critical to your physical and mental health.

Perhaps the most beneficial thing you can do is to engage in right thinking. Praise often, forgive easily, and find something to be passionate about. Dr. James Rouse reported in the August 2011 issue of Science of Mind magazine that in a study of 1,200 centenarians, 92% worked over 60 years of their life. They had a reason to get out of bed each morning. Find yours and you’ll be on your way to 100!

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