Longer: Science or Science Fiction?
Antioxidants. These are natural
substances that may help prevent disease.
Antioxidants fight harmful molecules
called oxygen free radicals, which are created by the body as
cells go about their normal business of producing energy. Free
radicals also come from smoking, radiation, sunlight, and other
factors in the environment. Some antioxidants, such as the enzyme
SOD (superoxide dismutase), are produced in the body. Others
come from food; these include vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta
carotene, which is related to vitamin A.
The bodys antioxidant defense
system prevents most free-radical damage, but not all. As people
grow older, the damage may build-up. According to one theory
of aging, this build-up eventually causes cells, tissues, and
organs to break down.
There is some evidence to support
this theory. For instance, the longer an animal lives, the more
antioxidants it has in its body.
Also, some studies show that
antioxidants may help prevent heart disease, some cancers, cataracts,
and other health problems that are more common as people get
Most experts think that the best
way to get these vitamins is by eating fruits and vegetables
(five helpings a day) rather than by taking vitamin pills. SOD
pills have no effect on the body. They are broken up into different
substances during digestion. More research is needed before specific
recommendations can be made.
You should balance your activities
with the proper amount of rest.
Some of the leading experts in
the field of aging now believe that regular exercise along with
the proper amount of rest may actually add years to the life
span. Results from a number of tests indicate that speed and
muscular strength of many of the elderly can be extended.
Leading authorities agree that
this new data is going to shatter many of the myths about aging
and physical performance. The conclusion now is that the performance
and ability of the elderly has long been underestimated, diet,
proper sleep and exercise along with rest and relaxation are
all important factors in preserving our bodies.
Laughter is one of the best things
for your mental and physical state. People are naturally attracted
to someone who has a good sense of humor. You can develop a good
outlook and a good sense of humor by associating with and surrounding
yourself with pleasant happy people.
Recognize that stress is a killer.
A life filled with stress can really wreak havoc on your body
causing a number of illnesses such as hear attacks, strokes,
asthma, gastric problems, menstrual disorders, ulcerative colitis,
angina, irritable colon, increased blood pressure, ulcers, headaches,
There are different types of
stress such as mental, emotional and physical. Emotional stress
seems to take the greatest toll on everyone. All stress is not
bad; in fact, life would not be very interesting if it were not
met with challenges. However, too much stress, too often with
no effective and appropriate outlet, does not allow the body
and soul to recuperate. You might review a typical week to see
if you can identify things that might be making you anxious or
causing you stress. Once identified, stressors can be attacked
Are you a worrier? Chronic worriers
don't have more serious problems than others - they just think
they do. Many worriers try to cope by trying not to think about
their problems, but this just makes things worse.
Doctors say that chronic worriers
feel less anxious if they actually spend a half-hour a day thinking
specifically about their problems.
Get plenty of exercise. People
who are physically fit look good and feel good. A good exercise
regimen will lengthen your life. Improve your appearance, build
self confidence and help delay the aging process.
Remember that you need to do
something physical every day.
If you don't use your joints,
quite simply they'll tighten up with age to create the stooped,
bent and worn out appearance we so often associate with old age.
Studies have shown that people
with arthritis experience less pain if they continue to keep
their joints flexible. As one gets older, the bones tend to get
brittle which is why it is common for senior citizens to break
bones and especially their hips when they fall.
Eating right, getting proper
sleep and learning to relax are all very valuable in maintaining
a healthy body and mind. And keep in mind that eating healthy
foods and avoiding those high in fats, sodium and cholesterol
will help to decrease your risk of heart disease, high blood
pressure and associated problems.