3 Easy Ways to Slow Down Aging Daily

Jerome Huff

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Aging doesn't have to be a fear for you. As time goes on, our lives are getting longer. According to the CDC, Americans can expect to live on average 78.6 years.

In the 1920s, life expectancy was around 60 years.

You can expect this upward trend to continue. While this is great, the quality of life for Americans is on a decline.

Disease is on the rise. Obesity in children and adults are at an all-time high.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways that you can improve your life daily. You have the ability to age with grace and beauty.

1. Eat a whole foods diet

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is one of the main culprits of rapid aging and low quality of life in the golden years.

Most doctors only have a few nutrition classes during their education. Dietary habits are rarely questioned during initial consults.

Pharmaceuticals are used as band-aids for symptoms instead of addressing the root cause of disease.

When your body is not at ease from SAD, obesity, and diabetes are much more likely.

A case study done on a 63-year-old man proves why eating a whole foods diet is so important for healthy aging.

When the man first saw his physician he complained of fatigue, muscle cramps, and nausea. He was taking eight medications daily.

He had type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and his body mass index was high.

Amazingly his doctor prescribed a low sodium plant-based diet with no refined sugars and limited bread, pasta, and tortillas to a single serving daily.

He was also asked to exercise for 15 minutes a day.

Over 16 weeks his biometric outcomes improved greatly.

He was weaned off most of his medications. His diabetes was controlled by only one medication, metformin.

This is a direct testament of how powerful a whole foods diet can alter your health.

Many diseases can be reduced or completely eradicated by changing your diet.

SAD will kill you slowly.

Big food and pharma companies don't care about you in the name of profit. It’s up to you to take back control of your life.

I remember when I changed my diet, the results were drastic like the case study above. My weight plummeted. My mood improved and sex drive skyrocketed.

People are shocked when I tell them I’m 34.

2. Don't be afraid to skip some meals

When you were young you were probably told to eat at least three meals a day to speed up your metabolism.

Many nutrition professionals recommended their clients to eat between three and six meals per day.

This does more harm than good.

We aren't designed to eat constantly all day

. If you eat all day you never give your body a chance to rest, digest, and use its fat stores for energy instead of glucose.

In recent years intermittent fasting has exploded in popularity. Rapid weight loss is one reason why.

Fasting allows you to:

  • Experience more energy overall ( after an initial adjustment period).
  • Weight and body fat loss.
  • Improved mood and reduced stress.
  • Better weight maintenance.
  • You have the potential to build more muscle (high levels of the human growth hormone are released).

A popular article in Scientific American explored the benefits of fasting and anti-aging.

The article cites a popular mouse study done by Mark Mattson head of the National Institute of Aging neuroscience lab.

In the study, Mattson found that:

  • By some measures mice who fasted regularly instead of continuous caloric restriction had lower levels of insulin and glucose in their blood.
  • This signified an increased sensitivity to insulin and decreased the risk of diabetes.

Over the years Mattson and his team have put forth the idea that fasting regularly results in decreased brain degeneration.

His team has also found that fasting protects against stroke damage and suppresses motor deficits in a Parkinson's mouse model.

Mattson himself skips breakfast except on weekends. He finds that it makes him more productive.

I too skip breakfast and lunch most days. I probably eat breakfast once a year if that. Most days I’ll have one meal. If I need to have a refuel day I’ll eat twice.

My life has significantly improved physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually through fasting.

The simplest way you can see if fasting might work for you is to simply delay your first meal of the day by a few hours.

You don't have to start by fasting for 16 hours which is the most popular fasting protocol. Start by fasting for 12-14 hours and see how you feel.

3. Stress reduction through lifestyle will retard your aging process tenfold

Most Americans have chronic stress. Chronic stress can reduce your lifespan from 9 to 17 years.

A while back I surveyed young women between the ages of 25-35. I asked them how they would rate their stress levels on a scale of 1-10.

For most, the number was eight or higher.

This is extremely frightening.

On average women live longer. If this trend continues expected lifespans may start to drop again.

Americans are in an extreme health crisis.

Diets are poor. Exercise is inconsistent and/or not effective in offsetting poor dietary choices.

Unnecessary consumption through adverts screams to you at every turn.

Regardless of negativity and the high-stress environments you are exposed to, you have the power to change.

An article in Shape magazine cites Dr, Dean Ornish’s findings in the study of age reversal at the cellular level.

Ornish studied men who had been at low-risk for prostate cancer. He and his team looked at their telomeres which caps DNA strands from unraveling.

As you age these caps become shorter increasing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Ornish found that within three months the men studied reduced their telomere damage by 10 percent.

This was solely done by the men having:

  • A plant-based diet
  • 30 minutes a day of exercise
  • Yoga or a meditation practice
  • Support group attendance

It doesn't matter how young or old you are.

Take charge of your life. Don't let society tell you what to consume. Doing so will slow down your aging.

Don't put yourself in a position of not aging gracefully.

You have a choice.

Start with one lifestyle change at a time. Positive results will manifest at a rapid pace!

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I cover topics ranging from weight loss, intermittent fasting, meditation, spiritual growth, and American populism. For many years I was overweight, depressed, and allowed life to beat me up. In 2014 I took control of my life. I changed my diet to whole minimally processed foods and started a meditation practice. From there my transformation began.

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