Lots of people aren’t happy with theirs and everyone knows that too much of it literally weighs you down. However, not everyone realizes that the extra weight can also set the stage for most of the problems we are all trying hard to avoid: obesity, diabetes, dementia, cancer, the list goes on. My advice? To minimize the risk of developing these life-wrecking problems, start taking steps to drop the excess, and by that I mean slowly, sensibly and safely.
In the past half-century or so, the average American lifespan has pushed out from sixty-plus years to eighty-plus. And yet, as a recent piece in The New Yorker described, the buzz in research circles is about radically extending longevity with hi-tech interventions using stem cells or gene therapies. If we’re not thinking about how we can live as long as possible, in good health, then we’re missing the boat.
In the wellness world these days, there’s a new(ish) concept, labeled ‘autophagy’ that’s changing the way we think about health. And it may just be the key to slowing-down the aging process, enhancing our capacity to live longer and better. Interested?
Why is it that so many of us have such a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep and reaping the restorative benefits of good, quality shut-eye? As I often tell my patients, one reason is that many of us are failing at sleep is because most of us are making sleep-stealing mistakes all day long, which wind up training our bodies how not to sleep well at night.