Heart Health via a Whole-Food, Unprocessed, Plant-Based Diet

Heart health supports health span, brain health, and vitality. Here are a few suggestions. Eating a plant-based diet at any age may lower cardiovascular risk. People can choose among plant foods that are as close to natural as possible, not highly processed. More plant foods mean less risk. The most dangerous plaques go away within… Continue reading Heart Health via a Whole-Food, Unprocessed, Plant-Based Diet

Longevity via a Whole-Food, Unprocessed, Plant-based Diet

People who improve the quality of their diets over time, eating more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, and fish and less red and processed meats and sugary beverages, may significantly reduce their risk of premature death. A whole-food plant-based diet (avoid (vegan) junk food) is the optimal diet for humans.  A diet of minimally… Continue reading Longevity via a Whole-Food, Unprocessed, Plant-based Diet

Magnesium for longevity, long-term cognition, and vitality

Magnesium (Mg2+) plays an important physiological role particularly in the brain, heart, and skeletal muscles. Moreover, Mg2+ supplementation has been shown to be beneficial in treatment of, among others, preeclampsia, migraine, depression, coronary artery disease, and asthma. From the Mayo Clinic: Many Americans don’t get enough magnesium in their diets. Before you reach for a… Continue reading Magnesium for longevity, long-term cognition, and vitality

Long-term cognition via minimizing neuroinflammation

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are characterized by neuronal degeneration and neuronal death in specific regions of the central nervous system. Neurodegeneration is mediated by inflammatory and neurotoxic mediators. Though inflammation is crucial in the onset and the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, anti-inflammatory drugs do not… Continue reading Long-term cognition via minimizing neuroinflammation

Long-term Cognition via a Healthy Lifestyle

Using data from the Chicago Health and Aging Project (n = 1,845) and the Rush Memory and Aging Project ( n = 920) the following was concluded: A healthy lifestyle is associated with a substantially lower risk of Alzheimer’s dementia. This 2010 study cites a healthy lifestyle as protective against Alzheimer’s. The World Health Organization… Continue reading Long-term Cognition via a Healthy Lifestyle

Better Mood, Longer Life, and Mental Health via Avoiding Alcohol

Alcohol is an age-old nerve poison. Studies that show a slight health advantage to light drinking can never be done in isolation, so there are confounding factors such a socioeconomic status that may overcome the subject of study. Meta-analyses of alcohol consumption adjusting for these factors find that low-volume alcohol consumption has no net mortality… Continue reading Better Mood, Longer Life, and Mental Health via Avoiding Alcohol

Long Term Cognition and Longevity via Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is supported by evolutionary principles. Dr. Mike Hansen explains the benefits of intermittent fasting here. From this illuminating video: Our bodies are designed to be in the fasted state 12-14 hours per day. Fasting does not begin for 5 hours after eating. Eating good food at the wrong time is akin to… Continue reading Long Term Cognition and Longevity via Intermittent Fasting

Longevity via Exercise

Exercise every day: no excuses! Here is why. Exercise may be the best protection against ageing: it keeps the body decades younger. The most highly fit have the lowest risk of dying. We were born to run. Low cardiorespiratory fitness may be more dangerous than smoking! Dr. Peter Attia in conversation with Dr. Andrew Huberman:… Continue reading Longevity via Exercise

Immunity

T-cells to the rescue! T-cells (T-lymphocytes) are part of the adaptive (vs. innate) immune system. Influenced by hormones, they mature in the thymus into several types of cells, including helper, killer, and suppressor cells. These different types work together to attack foreign invaders. They provide what’s called cell-mediated immunity. T-cells can be fast-acting. As many… Continue reading Immunity