Ten Tips To A Long Healthy Life

“Live to 120, eating what you like and drinking lots of red wine.” That’s the intriguing claim from a study Harvard study on resveratrol, the phytonutrient found in red wine.

But before you get too excited, understand you’d have to drink about 1,500 bottles of wine a day to get those results.

That’s why functional nutrition pioneer Dr Mark Hyman, writing in The Huffington Post, warns that the idea of “taking a magic pill” is never going to be the solution to a long and healthy life.

In his column he goes into a lot of detail explaining that aging and disease is largely controlled by sugar and insulin function.  He shows how the resveratrol studies confirm this analysis – and it’s well worth taking a detailed look at the case he makes.

In the light of the research, here are Dr Mark Hyman’s guidelines. Rather than trying to opt for a “magic pill” – of resveratrol or anything else – follow them and live well.

Ten Tips to Help You Live a Longer and Healthier Life

1. Balance your blood sugar. Increase your intake of whole foods that contain lots of fiber, such as beans, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

2. Eat protein with every meal. This helps balance your blood sugar. Include nuts, beans, fish, lean animal protein, and omega-3 eggs in your diet.

3. Increase your intake of omega-3 fats. These improve blood sugar control by working on the same cell-signaling mechanisms as resveratrol. Eat wild fish (salmon, sardines, black cod, and herring) or take omega-3 fatty acid pills (1,000 to 2,000 mg of EPA and DHA a day).

4. Eliminate or dramatically limit flour products. That means anything with sugar from any source.

5. Find ways to relax every day. This prevents diabetes and controls your blood sugar by reducing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

6. To boost your mitochondria, you will need to exercise and build muscle. Try interval training, a technique of exercising fast (like sprinting) for one minute and then more slowly (like fast walking) for three minutes. Repeat this in cycles totaling 30 minutes twice a week.

7. Eat foods with phytonutrients. There are many protective ones other than resveratrol, including those found in green tea, pomegranate, and all dark, colorful fruits and vegetables.

8. Consider supplements that help protect and boost your mitochondria. These include Coenzyme Q10 (100 to 200 mg a day), acetyl-l-carnitine (500 to 1,000 mg twice a day), alpha-lipoic acid (100 to 200 mg twice a day), D-ribose (5 g once or twice a day),magnesium (150 to 300 mg twice a day), B-complex vitamins (daily), and NADH (5 to 10 mg a day).

9. Live clean and green. Limit your exposure to heavy metals, pollution, and other environmental toxins — all of which poison your mitochondria.

10. Learn how to detoxify. Support your body’s detoxification system and your liver function.

For more information check out Dr Mark Hyman’s Ultra Wellness Center website for details on regaining full health.

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