Live Longer: 5 steps

Live Longer: 5 steps

Remember the joke that goes:  The Sunday School teacher asked all the kids in his class if they wanted to go to heaven.  All the kids raised their hands and shouted, “”Yes! …I do!”  That is – all but one little boy.  The teacher then asked the little boy why he didn’t raise his hand…didn’t he want to go to heaven?  The little boy responded, “Well, sure.  But I thought you meant right now.”

Well, I wanna go to heaven also, but like the little boy, I don’t wanna go just right now.  I’m ready, and if I had to go right now, I would.  But, I would like for the Lord to let me hang around and do a little more of His work.  Sooooo, I am going to do everything I can to extend my frail little life on this world and not rush the inevitable.

That’s why I research articles that the so-called “experts” have written with ways to help me live longer.  If my doctor tells me that I need to start doing or stop doing certain things, then I’m gonna listen… (don’t tell my wife that I said that.)

According to Dr. Masoshing Ni (Yahoo! Health Expert for Cholesterol), “Your body was designed to be 100 – you just have to get out of the way.”

In his article on “Longevity” he lists 5 easy steps that all of us can adhere to and hopefully live longer.  Dr. Mao states:

Eat five small meals a day.
In the Western culture, meals are taken three times a day, but it is much better to eat five smaller meals. When you eat smaller portions five times a day, you deliver a steady stream of nutrients, blood sugar, and energy to your body throughout the day.

Additionally, eating this way is less taxing on the digestive and metabolic systems and also reduces your risk of heart disease.

Climb the stairs instead of using elevators.

The health benefits of a daily exercise program cannot be stressed enough. Regular exercise can help promote physiological well-being, strengthen the immune system, maintain joint mobility, increase energy – and the list goes on.

Look for opportunities all through your day to work in physical activity. Power-walk, run, or ride your bike instead of driving. Begin a daily tai chi practice. Join a gym and actually go! Practice safely and watch your health results pile up.

Laugh it up!

We know from research that laughter and joy boost immune functions, especially the production of the natural killer cells that help protect the body from illness and cancer. Laughter also increases the release of endorphins, compounds that give you a sense of well-being, in your brain. Without a doubt, joyful people live longer and healthier lives.

Drink 8 glasses of water every day.

Water is essential for all healthy body functions. Centenarians from around the globe cite their native water as the source of their health and longevity – and the scientists agree with them. What they all have in common is pure water sources located far from any city, free from chemicals and toxins.

Choose filtered water; the best filtration processes are the ones that use activated charcoal, which removes the impurities but leaves the water-soluble minerals. Also, do not store water in plastic containers because the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can leach into the water.

Unwind with meditation.
Stress is the root cause of most of the diseases that shorten our life span. In our modern society stress will continue to increase – unless you find techniques to manage it. Meditation is the best way to release tension and revitalize your being. It teaches you to breath properly, which is critical for eliminating up to 70% of your body’s toxins and wastes. It also quiets your mind, lowers your stress hormones, and teaches self-discipline, which is a necessary attribute to achieving your health and longevity goals.

Don’t let these bad habits of the past discourage you – it is never too late to make new choices. What you did in the past can be changed, and your body will respond in kind. What matters is what you do from this moment forward.

(Dr. Maoshing Ni a Yahoo! Health Expert for Cholesterol)