Thursday, May 5, 2011

4 easy ways to increase your health and longevity + a special bonus!

4 easy ways to increase your health and longevity + a special bonus!  

1. Take Fish Oil

It’s one of the quickest and easiest things you can do to improve your health and longevity.  Many benefits have been attributed to fish oil including: anti-cancer effects for the breast, colon and prostate, cardiovascular support, mental health, and many others.   Perhaps most significant of these three is the cardiovascular support.  According to the CDC the leading cause of death across all age groups is Heart Disease.   Granted, most of these deaths are for individuals 65 and older; however, I think most of us plan and hope on living well past that age.  The American Heart Association recommends fish oil for coronary heart disease patients, and the US National Institutes of Health suggests fish oil for high triglycerides, prevention of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.   There are a lot of varying opinions on how much fish oil to take.   At the very least you can add more fish to your diet, but adding a fish oil supplement is easy and could be beneficial as well.    

2.       Wear your seatbelt

The fifth leading cause of death overall is accidental injury, but it’s the leading cause of death for individuals 1-45 years old.  Of those deaths, the plurality is motor vehicle accidents.  Wear your seat belt, it’s easy to do and could save your life. 

3.       Stand Up while working out

For all of us time is limited and thus invaluable.  Aside from those of us lucky enough to be professionally involved with health and fitness, most are working in sedentary occupations.  As a result dedicating some time to daily exercise becomes so much more important.  Since time is scarce you have to make the most out of your workout.  Don’t go to the gym and lie down on a bench, or sit in some sort of exercise contraption.  You’ve been sitting at a desk, in a car, or behind a computer all day!   Stand up while you work out. This is easily done with Kettlebells, but can be done with barbells or dumbbells as well.  By performing your exercises you will automatically engage more of your body –especially the abs—and reap more benefit from your workout time.  

4.  Eat more Broccoli

Broccoli could be one of the most nutrient dense foods available with numerous health benefits.  Broccoli is packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, Folate, and Fiber.  It is also a good source of potassium, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, and Zinc.    To get the most nutrients steam your broccoli.  Broccoli is known for aiding with high blood pressure, GI function and heart-disease and is loaded with antioxidants that destroy free-radicals.   
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