Longevity Hack: Increase Brain Size

Sharpen memory. Although brain size decreases as you age, research has shown that exercise can actually help reverse that — at any age. One study found that physical activity helped participants build measurable increases in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that enables you to create and store memories.

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Longevity Hack: 1, 2, 3 Get Off The Couch

Stop agonizing over the decades you spent glued to the couch. New research shows that physically active middle-aged and older adults live longer — even if they were inactive when they were younger.

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Longevity Tip: You Can Influence the Rate at Which You Age

The rate at which you age, or at least at which you appear to age, is heavily dependent on your lifestyle and how you take care of your body day to day. Small tweaks to your everyday routine can have big rewards, like taking years off of your face and adding years to your life. Don’t expect the fountain of youth, but correct these missteps and you’ll be looking like a fresher, younger version of yourself in no time.The rate at which you age, or at least at which you appear to age, is heavily dependent on your lifestyle

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Today’s Reflection: Growing Old?

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Longevity Tip ~ It’s a Head Game

A big part of aging really is all in your head. As cliche as it may sound, nonagenarians prove you are only as old as you feel. A positive mindset can help you manage stress, which in turn can protect your health. “I’ve been active all my life. I spend no time thinking what I can’t do … When you wake up in the morning, know that it’s going to be the best day of your life,” Porchon-Lynch said last year. The oldest serving nurse in the U.S. is also in her 90s and still is pursuing her passion by helping people, which she says has brought her lifelong joy. 

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Healthy Living – 2nd of 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

#2 Avocados

Avocados are high in healthy fats. These fats benefit many functions in your body, including the health of your skin. Getting enough of these fats is essential to keep skin flexible and moisturized. . . . Preliminary evidence also shows that avocados contain compounds that may protect your skin from sun damage. UV damage to your skin can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging.

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Longevity Tip ~ Pack the Nutrients

When you get older, your body begins to need fewer calories, but you need just as many nutrients. Nutrient-dense foods pack a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs into a small amount of calories.

Eat more of these nutrient-dense foods

Older adults, along with other Americans, are advised to “eat from the rainbow” of foods rich in nutrients, like these:

fruits and vegetables (choose a range of types with vibrant colors)

whole grains, like oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and brown rice

fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese, or soy or rice milk that is fortified with vitamin D and calcium

seafood, lean meats, poultry, and eggs

beans, nuts, and seeds

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