Do you just want to to live longer or do you want to live longer and live well?
In addition to a long life we also want a long life but with high quality for as long as possible, the kind of life that allows us to travel and enjoy our retirement, to run around with our grandchildren without aches and pains, and to generally enjoy life feeling good in our bodies, minds, and hearts.
First thing is first - Good nutrition and lifestyle habits are our best tools to improve our lifespan.
By creating good habits when it comes to nutrition and lifestyle this can have a major effect on healthspan. It is a good idea to start this as young as possible, but making nutrition and lifestyle changes can make a difference even after we start noticing signs of aging.
Now, these changes aren’t going to stop aging, but they can certainly help you age better and become more resilient.
Common Changes In Older Age
Energy: Can be weaken due to nutrient deficiencies, sedentary lifestyle and hormonal changes.
Cognition: Reduced due to neurodegeneration and nutrient deficiencies.
Immunity: Increased risk of illness and infection.
Bones: Weakened due to nutrient deficiencies, sedentary lifestyle, and hormonal changes.
Hormones: Changes in sex drive, mood, energy and body.
Metabolism: Reduced appetite, nutrient absorption and blood sugar control
Mobility: Loss of strength, muscle ,mass and flexibility.
Now, how and when we age is hugely influenced by lifestyle!
Most of us have great bodies at 18, we are slim, pain-free, resistant to illness and injury. By 68, we might groan about our soft midsection, our bum knee, or our high blood sugar, in some cases even before the age of 68!
We might call these changes “aging”. But much of what we call “aging” is actually very much an accumulation of lifestyle habits.