Staying healthy after 40
12 Feb, 2014
I was recently given some research to review by an interesting physician come philanthropist Dr Dave Jenkins on staying healthy. We were discussing the latest thoughts on how to live a long and strong life and he presented me with some fascinating research by Keith Scott Mumby MD, PHD entitled ‘Get Healthy for your next 100 years.’ Here I’m sharing some health and wellness tips which make common sense and are pretty easy to practice in your life now (not when you feel good!).
I’ve always been one of those ‘up and down’ people when it comes to taking good care of me and my health. I’ve had times in my life where I’ve grabbed health by the horns and gained great vitality, like the time I dumped the stressy corporate job in London and became a bikini wearing, seafood eating diving instructor for 4 years. It’s still one of the highlights of my life! Now that I’m a Mum, I feel a little more responsible but that doesn’t mean having to lose joy and control over how I spend my life.
Mumby talks about healthy eating and detox ; keeping carbohydrates under control and enjoying a low fat (10% of calories from fat) whole foods, plant-based diet high in fruits, vegetables, unrefined grains and legumes. Taking moderate aerobic exercise which can include simply walking for 30 minutes a day, 6 times a week. And of course managing stress levels with some simple yoga, meditation and pranayama. He also mentions an hour of group support once a week too.
You might think, yes I know all this and may practice some of this yourself already (well done). It’s the research outside of what you put into the body which really interests me.
Crucial Factors to Aging Healthy
Here we’re focusing on mind based factors. Norman B Anderson, PHD, author of the book entitled ‘Emotional Longevity; What Really Determines How Long You Live’ researched genetics,environmental pressures,social networks and marital status in connection with longevity of life.
BE OPTIMISTIC – Thoughts and actions : optimists live longer, recover faster from surgery and have fewer chronic illnesses than pessimists.
BE SOCIAL – Environment and relationships : and we don’t mean Facebook, join a group, mix with others, even if its only 1 hour a week. People with a supportive social network have lower mortality,faster recovery from heart attacks and even fewer common colds.
BE IN CONTROL – Personal achievement and equality: Try to gain some sense of control in what you do and how you live your life. Exposure to stress in the workplace cannot be avoided these days but if you feel you have some say in how things happen you might just live a little longer.
DUMP NEGATIVE EMOTIONS – Emotions and stress: The effects of negative emotions can lead to cardiac problems. Emotional upheaval whether anger,worry,depression or stress can contribute to heart attack and stroke. Keep cortisol levels low! Learn to say ‘yes when you mean yes’ and ‘no when you mean no’ without apology (but delivered with love).
FIND A LITTLE FAITH – Faith and meaning: This doesn’t mean jumping into the nearest church. Everyone has their own interpretation of ‘God’. Mine is part of my highest self, like a friend I talk to and ask for guidance. It makes sense that people feel like they can cope with stressful periods in life if they feel like they are not alone, however that manifests.
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