Successful and Graceful Aging Secrets for Longevity

Longevity and successful aging and aging gracefully are not dependent upon secrets and are more realistic goals than anti aging; even though anti aging would seem to lately be more popular.

There is no known way to escape aging yet, so logic would suggest that our sights should be focused on making this inevitable process successful and graceful with healthy choices.

The earlier in lfe you start making these healthy choices the better it is all your life and for improving your chances of living longer; but it is not too late to make healthy changes at any age.

It has been estimated that about thirty percent of physical aging can be attributed to genes; factors such as nutrition and the way we eat, our personal, social, mental and spiritual activity, and what health risks we take or avoid make up the rest.

People who age successfully and gracefully stay physically and mentally active, keep a positive attitude and outlook, think young, take care of their bodies, minds and souls, are active and passionate, believe in themselves and something larger and remain connected and engaged in life.

Good nutrition, some diet supplements, exercise and fitness, attitude, avoiding risks and unhealthy behavior, getting enough rest, and engagement and connection will keep you healthy and improve your longevity.

There are two major theories to explain why we age: the effects of free radicals in a process in the body referred to as oxidation. Free radicals attack cells which then eventually die.

Another theory suggests cells have a so called internal clock due to end segments on cells called telomeres.

The good news is that antioxidants may help neutralize free radicals; and they can slow the pace of cell division.

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, enzymes and compounds in foods or produced by our bodies. They are found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, squash, broccoli, cantelope, peaches, apples, blueberries, tomatoes, citrus fruits, nuts and seeds, strawberries, cranberries; and selenium in fish, eggs and whole grains, for instance.

Successful and graceful aging for longevity comes from an overall healthy lifestyle, not secrets.

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