A good diet or nutrition has been shown to nourish the body very well, and even mentally. You’ve seen how good nutrition makes a 70 year old woman looks in her 40’s. As a matter of fact, it is safest and best anti-aging technique available to us. It helps people reached over 100 years of age, boosts women’s libido, help men maintain a healthy prostate, and even eating spicy foods as part of a good nutrition program can result to longevity.
On the other hand, regular physical activity or exercise can have tremendous positive impact on health and aging. See how exercise helps this man maintain physical and mental fitness at over 90 years old. Exercise particularly strength training can help men boost testosterone level. Exercise should not be hard and strenuous, but a simple and regular light exercise like Yoga or performing the Tibetan rites daily can be very helpful.
The combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise are undeniably helpful when it comes to staying healthy both mentally and physically, as well as slowing down the effect of aging. According to the CDC(Centers for Disease Control), over 78 million people in the U.S. are affected by obesity due to poor diet and lack of exercise. That number accounts almost 35% of the American adult population, which is a significant number. Obesity increases risks of a person in developing stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers, which are the leading cause of death in the country, but on the other hand, it is preventable.
In a recent study published at the Journal of Diabetes, researchers from Mayo Clinic believed there is a link between the biological aging process and modifiable lifestyle factors, and in their study, they found poor diet and lack of physical activity or being sedentary or inactive lifestyle accelerated the onset of cellular senescence, which is an age-related condition in mice.
This is not the first study to link poor diet and lack of exercise to accelerated aging. One article published at PubMed in 2012 where the authors believed that lack of exercise is the cause of chronic diseases, and their conclusion;
…The comprehensive evidence herein clearly establishes that lack of physical activity affects almost every cell, organ, and system in the body causing sedentary dysfunction and accelerated death.
Potential Risks of Lack of Exercise
- Greater risk of developing cancer [REF]
- Greater risk of developing heart disease [REF]
- Increases risk of obesity [REF]
- Increases risk of developing “Type 2 Diabetes” [REF]
- Interferes with lipoprotein lipase(LPL) [REF]
- Risk of depression and cognitive impairment (in some cases) [REF]
- In women, sedentary lifestyle may make menopause miserable [REF]
If you’re eating habits are unhealthy and you’re practicing a sedentary lifestyle, it’s not too late, yet. Just get started shifting toward clean and healthy eating and exercise everyday. You don’t have to do freak out doing exercise everyday, but a 15 to 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training 3 times a week is good enough. Of course, when it comes to diet, you should eat everyday healthy foods particularly whole foods. When you can, always choose organic produced and avoid the genetically modified produced.
Another thing worth considering is to avoid and stop eating highly processed foods. Most of these processed foods found in supermarkets both drinks and foods contain high amount of added sugar, and they’re made from refined carbs, which are also simple carbs that the body have a difficult time processing it, and often stored as fat.