Longevity Hack: Pass Me My Cup of Joe

Coffee Makes the World Go Round & Start My Day

Researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine found evidence that the caffeine present in coffee or tea correlates to reduced inflammation as we age, contributing to the drinker’s longevity. So enjoying a small glass of wine with a leisurely family meal and following it up with a small cup of coffee on a regular basis could help you live longer.


Longevity Tip: Slam the Brakes on Aging

Inflamm-aging appears to be a major consequence of growing old. Can it be prevented or cured? “The key to successful aging and longevity is to decrease chronic inflammation without compromising an acute response when exposed to pathogens.” How do we do that? Nutrition. What we eat is “probably the most powerful and pliable tool that we have to attain a chronic and systemic modulation of aging process…”


Health Hack: Ditch the Processed Food

Processed foods can cause inflammation in the lining of our GI tract, the exact place where food is absorbed. Your gut may not recognize what you’ve eaten as digestible food and instead interprets the presence of foods like high-fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients as an “attacker.” This sets off an inflammatory response in which our bodies are literally fighting these foods as if they were an infection. Sticking to whole foods such as whole fruits, veggies, and unprocessed meats, can lower the stress this creates on your body.


Longevity & Higher Protein Consumption

Building on their previous studies on the role of protein in preserving health and function, epidemiologists Adela Hruby and Paul F. Jacques, researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, found that adults around sixty years old, whose diets on average included adequate protein—and in particular protein from plants—showed fewer signs of “inflammaging.” Inflammaging is a low-grade, age-related chronic inflammation associated with frailty and illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.


Longevity Tip: Your Mom Was Right – Floss Twice a Day

Floss every day. That may help keep your arteries healthy. A 2008 New York University study showed that daily flossing reduced the amount of gum-disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria is thought to enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation in the arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease. Other research has shown that those who have high amounts of bacteria in their mouth are more likely to have thickening in their arteries, another sign of heart disease. . . . People should floss twice a day to get the biggest life expectancy benefits.


Healthy Living ~ Ditch the Inflammation

Eat This

In addition to cutting down on inflammatory foods, you can reduce inflammation by eating whole, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich foods.
Eat plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods:
Brightly colored vegetables like dark green, red, orange and yellow
Fruits, especially berries, tart cherries and grapes
Avocados, olives, olive oil and avocado oil
Whole grains and high-fiber carbohydrates
Omega-3 fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel
Nuts and seeds
Beans and legumes
Dark chocolate (85 percent cacao is best)
Green and white tea (black also has some antioxidants)
Red wine (in moderation)
Spices like ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper and cinnamon
In addition to a healthy diet, be active, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and find ways to lower your stress levels. The good news is that the things you can do to reduce inflammation also improve your overall health, so it’s a win-win! Source

Longevity Tip ~ Go Blue

Eat Lots of Blueberries &Salmon

Senior athlete Fred Winter is still competing in track and field events at the ripe old age of 100. His secret? He eats loads of blueberries and salmon . . . Though Fred eats them for their health benefits, scientists now believe that low levels of inflammation are the key to living a long life. Inflammation is believed to cause a number of chronic diseases. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can both help reduce inflammation.


Longevity Tip ~ De Stress

Unchecked tension doesn’t just put you in a lousy mood. It also boosts inflammation in the body, which can speed aging and make you more likely to get sick, according to a Frontiers in Human Neuroscience study

In fact, findings suggest that the majority of diseases are related to chronic stress. Stress hormones like cortisol are also thought to negatively impact memory and contribute to brain shrinkage starting as early as our late 40s, according to a Neurology study

Finding ways to unwind can make a difference—even if it’s only for a minute or two. “Even if you’re pressed for time, take a moment and take one restorative breath,” Dr. Kaiser says. 

Have some more time to spare? Try working yoga into your day. In a study of middle-aged adults, performing yoga for 90 minutes, five days a week was found to lower levels of inflammation and stress hormones, as well as slow down the rate at which cells age.