The goal, for most of us, is a long, healthy life. Genetics clearly play a significant role, but environmental factors are, perhaps, equally important in determining longevity and health. Although, for the moment, our genetic make-up is beyond our control, we can influence our lifespan with our diet and daily routine.
Juvenon Health Journal
In today’s world, we’re exposed to an endless stream of facts and figures, from a variety of electronic devices, about every imaginable (and sometimes unimaginable) topic. Not only is the sheer volume of information overwhelming, but much of it can also be conflicting and confusing.
Imagine driving in city traffic. The lights are timed so that, if you’re lucky and there aren’t any accidents or crazy drivers cutting in front of you, you can drive several blocks before a red light stops you. But realistically, multiple factors often throw the system off balance and the traffic rarely flows smoothly…
Today’s Internet world can provide us with a truly amazing amount of information about virtually any topic. We simply click on a search engine like Google, and we don’t even have to know how to spell our topic of interest. The computer will politely offer us the right word(s). What it can’t do, however, is evaluate the data it presents.
Do supplements really increase our energy level and improve how we feel? Can they actually counteract some of the conditions and health concerns commonly associated with aging?
Cutting down caloric intake, or dietary restriction (DR), seems to produce benefits – i.e., a healthier, longer life – that are almost too good to be true.
Is it possible to extend lifespan? Although it hasn’t been proven for humans yet, the answer seems to be yes, at least for yeast, flies, mice and, according to recent research, primates.
I confess. I’ve been avoiding the organically grown produce section at the grocery store. The fruits and vegetables often look wilted. The prices are much higher than the non-organic section. And does it really have to be grown with natural additives to be good for you?
I, for one, take little comfort in the recommendation to “age gracefully.” Is that really the only respectable action we can take when faced with the seemingly inevitable decline in mental and physical activity as we get older? Or is there evidence that we may be able to slow-down, possibly even reverse, some of those uninvited changes?