Sunday, June 14, 2009
Here, the strategies proven to ensure good health and longevity:
1. Eat the right protein- people age 60 and older and found that those who ate one fish and less red meat- as well as lots of fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains- had a 14% lower risk of premature death.
2. Be salad savvy -The Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggest a simple way to boost your health: Eat one 2 1/2 cup serving of salad a day. That's all it take to help satisfy recommended nutrient intakes of disease-fighting, immunity-boosting vitamins , E, B6 and folic acid," explains Lenore Arab, Ph.D, M.S. of the UCLA School of Medicine. Don't skip the dressing! The fat in it helps maximize your body's ability to absorb cancer-fighting antioxidants.
3. Take four fewer bites - It's an effortless way to cut up to 200 of your daily calories, enough to lose 10 to 20 pounds in a year. Fill your plate in the kitchen, You'll eat up to 20% fewer calories than if you help yourself from food served at the table.
4. Splurge on candy! -Consider this a permission slip: Harvard scientists want you to eat candy up to three times a month! Their research shows that people who do live almost one year longer than those who don't, possibly because eating candy is so satisfying, it boosts your mood and reduces your stress levels. Choose chocolate! Cocoa contains phenol, the same heart-healthy, disease-fighting compound found in red wine!.
5. Go shopping! - Studies reveal that stress-reducing hobbes also lower heart rate and blood pressure, and decrease the risk of depression and anxiety.
6. Try ballroom dancing - Regularly engaging in just 30 minutes of moderate activity (for example, grooving to six song in one night), is enough to add 1.5 years to your life, according to recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Up the intensity with a more vigorous activity, such as running or dancing to fast-temp tunes, for 30 minutes five days a week, and you'll add 3.7 years to your life. Can't keep up? Take a break! Chopping up activity into 10-minute segments provides just as many health rewards as clocking in 30 minutes all at once!
Information: Woman's World, March 2007