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If You Want Longer Life, Go for It

By Tom Herrin

The notion of living a longer life may seem like something that could happen only by chance as a result of good genetics, but it is something that people may be able to achieve due to some of their own efforts.  Using our own resources to enable us to live longer may be more within our reach than we ever thought possible.  With the advances made in modern technology, many things that once were believed to be out of our control are easily within reach.  Many studies have helped to validate practices that may improve health and increase the length of life.

Keep Your Brain Healthy

For some time now, it has been suggested that we should keep our brain active.  Doing so is much the same as exercising our muscles.  We can exercise our brains by staying mentally involved.  Working various types of puzzles, performing math activities, and challenging our minds are all ways to keep them functioning at higher levels.  More recently, we have learned more about ways to provide the kinds of nutrition that can keep the brain healthy as well.  A key part is consuming omega3 fatty acids.  If we do these things, we can add one more thing to the list.  Remaining more socially connected with others can help us to boost our brain.  In saying this, I mean doing so on a face-to-face basis as much as possible.

Eat Good Foods

If we want to be successful with our health, we can never ignore our diet.  Each of us may have different requirements, but the basics are the same.  Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, combined with lean proteins, can help us to round out a quality diet.  Being aware of calories is important as well.  As we age, we may have need for fewer calories, and it is easy to forget.  Examining where we are with our nutritional needs is critical, and then we must follow through with making the best choices.

Be Part of Your World

We are all interdependent upon one another.  One of the most fulfilling things any of us can do is to volunteer in the community.  It can lift our spirits as well as those we serve.  When we do this, we can lower our stress and feel generally good about life.  It won't take much looking around to notice the number of older individuals who are acting as volunteers and enjoying every minute of it.  There must be something to it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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