Longevity Secrets: 4 Tips For Staying Forever Young With Nature's Gifts
Aspiring to live a long life is not just about the "number" of years you're going to live, it's about the "quality" of those years.
The problem today, is that we live in the best of times and the worst of times.
New technologies, economies of scale and rises in our standards of living, have come at a cost to our long term health and wellbeing.
The real impact of this progress on our health and longevity, can be summed up in one word - interference.
Interference has elevated our exposure to more physical, mental and emotional stress than ever before, which in turn, has thwarted our ability to stay forever young and to achieve our true longevity potential.
So the real question is, is it possible to live a long, energetic, pain-free life without dependancy on medication?
Can we make it into our golden years and still be agile in the body, mind and happy and fulfilled? Can we still have a passion and experience fulfilling relationships?
The answer is, YES, it is possible when you minimise the interference and consistently embrace the principles of health and nature's gifts.
Read on to learn more...
1. Minimise Toxicity & Interference
The first step to longevity, is to minimise your exposure to toxicity and interference.
When there is interference, it disrupts the body's homeostasis - the natural state of physiological equilibrium.
In small doses, we have an ability to filter out this disruption and to return to homeostasis, however when the disruption or interference becomes overwhelming, toxicity forms and reduces our ability to live long, healthy, happy lives.
This is why you should do all that you can to minimise your exposure to toxicity over the long term. There are three main types of interference that breed toxicity:
1. Dietary interference - in the form of food less foods and lifeless drinks i.e. processed and refined foods and chemical additives and preservatives.
2. Environmental interference - in terms of your exposure to toxins in the products you use on your body, around the home and that are sublimating in your general living or working environment
3. Emotional interference - in the form of mental and emotional trauma and stress in your personal and working life.
All of these toxic interferences have a big say in your overall quality of life, the ageing process of your body and your level of resistance to chronic disease.
Staying young starts with protecting your body and mind from these forms of interference as much as possible over the long term. It means being very conscious of what you're putting in your mouth, on your body and it also means always working on your mental and emotional fitness, to protect your peace and to avoid exposure to harmful stimulus that can upset your natural rhythm.
2. Embrace The 7 Principles of Health
No matter how much time goes on and what technologies are invented, the 7 principles of health are timeless, dependable, common-sense principles that should be your "go-to" place to preserve your health and quality of life.
Remember, these principles are:
- HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
AIR - The latin word for air is "spirit" which means; that which you cannot see that has special significance. Air definitely fits this bill and your goal should be to expose your body, brain and lungs to fresh, electrified moving outside air, every single day for at least 1 hour;
WATER - Your body and brain represent around 70% water, which is why water is a source of life and why replenishment is so important. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day i.e. the approximate weight of the brain, that needs to be replaced every 24 hours. Beyond that, for optimum body function and longevity, you should aim to drink 1 litre per 22 kilos of bodyweight per day;
SUNSHINE - Like water, sunshine is a source of life and without it, there would be no life on earth. The sun is vital for physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, for protecting immunity and for avoiding a host of cancers such as breast, prostate and lung cancer. Respect, don't fear the sun and get your body and brain into the sun regularly for small blocks of time to receive its nutrients, particularly in the morning when the sun is at its least intense;
WALKING - There is a reason why walking is referred to as a constitution. Walking is a vital foundational exercise that human beings are meant to do every day to support health, longevity and for optimum function of all systems of the body. Get outside and walk for a minimum of 30-45 minutes per day as close to nature as possible;
WHOLE FOODS - Whole foods are plant foods that are in their natural, unrefined state i.e. fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes. Your diet should consist of at least 80% whole food, leaving the remaining 20% for more concentrated, unprocessed foods for you to enjoy. Shop locally at your farmer's markets for fresh produce as often as possible, in order to minimise and avoid your exposure to harmful chemicals generally used in the cultivation, storage, transportation and merchandising of most supermarket produce;
RELATIONSHIPS - Love and connection is such a fundamental human need to preserve emotional wellness and longevity. For this reason, it is so important to avoid, end and/or heal relationships that become toxic, as they can become one of the biggest sources of trauma we can experience. Express love and gratitude to those people in your life you really care about and do whatever it takes to protect your emotional peace from toxic relationships that don't serve you. This is a vital longevity principle that should not be overlooked!
PASSION - Having a passion for something, means you make time for things that bring you joy and light you up with positive emotional energy. No matter your age, you should find and practice activities and activities that bring you fulfilment and personal satisfaction. Dedicate at least two 1 hour sessions per week to passion for lasting happiness as a longevity principle.
3. Support Your Body's Natural Cycles
The body has three 8 hour cycles per day that regulate sleep, energy and the digestive process.
These 8 blocks are also tied into what is known as the "Circadian Rhythm" - the natural sleep-wake cycle of the body.
So, what are these 3 cycles?
Appropriation - The Eating Cycle e.g. 12pm-8pm
Assimilation - The Rest & Digest Cycle e.g. 8pm-4am
Detoxification - The Elimination Cycle e.g. 4am-12pm
Regardless of cycle start time, this principle essentially provides for the following within each 24 hour period:
- An 8 hour feeding or consumption window
- An 8 hour sleep window where your body absorbs nutrients and processes waste
- An 8 hour detoxification window where your body most efficiently eliminates waste via the bowels, urinary tract, respiratory system and skin.
When you support these natural cycles, you'll go a long way to preserving health and prolonging longevity. However, when you disrupt these cycles, inflammation, disease and shorter life span will likely be the most likely end result.
4. Intermittent Fasting
There has never been a long-lived culture on earth that has subscribed to the modern day concept of three square meals per day.
Despite what we've been raised to believe, for thousands of years, human beings have been accustomed to going long stints of time (many hours and even multiple days) without food.
We are not designed to eat several times per day.
And this is the very reason why we have more inflammatory, dietary related diseases than at any other time in history.
Intermittent Fasting is a protocol that involves reducing the time window in which you consume your calories within each 24 hour period. For example, instead of having your first meal of the day at 8am and your last at 8pm, the idea is typically to delay or drop breakfast and have your first meal at 12pm.
Today's science is now proving, has powerful longevity and anti-aging benefits that include:
- Cellular regeneration
- Skin Elasticity
- Reduce Inflammation
- Reduce risk of age-related chronic diseases such as Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Alzheimer's
Done optimally, intermittent fasting ties in perfectly within the body's natural three 8 hour cycles, because it calls for a "feeding" window that is limited to 8 hours (Appropriation) and a "fasting" window that is dedicated to the remaining 16 hours (Assimilation & Detoxification).
At 16 hours, a magical metabolic process begins to take place in the body known as "Autophagy", whereby the cells begin recycling - dismantling damaged cell bits and proteins so that new, healthy versions can be built.
Even prolonging your daily fasting window to 12 or 14 hours just two or three days per week, can be very beneficial if 16 hours is too much of a stretch.
The key is to experiment with intermittent fasting, to find a level that works for you and your lifestyle, so that you can begin to notice the benefits in how you look and feel.
The Main Take Away
Your daily routines and habits play a big part in your personal longevity equation.
Whilst day-to-day, you may not notice the difference, over time you will either be rewarded, or you'll pay the price for the lifestyle choices you make.
The secret to longevity and staying forever young, is firstly about minimising your exposure to toxic interference that can disrupt your body's natural equilibrium and balance. Second, it's about embracing the 7 principles of health on a consistent basis. And then finally, it's about being very conscious of your body's natural clock and the power of incorporating intermittent fasting into your lifestyle on a regular basis.
Together, these tips and principles represent the time-less keys to living functionally, avoiding inflammation and disease and maintaining a high quality of life as you age.
Tolman Self Care.