longevity

Going To Sleep Earlier Prolongs Your Life, Here’s How

  A new study, published April 11, 2018 in Chronobiology International, found that folks who prefer staying up in the evenings have a 10% higher risk of dying, from all causes of mortality, when compared to those who prefer mornings.   Looking at those who strongly prefer activity in the evenings vs those who strongly prefer activity in the mornings in over 430,000 study participants over a 6 1/2 year time period, researchers found higher nighttime activity resulted in: an increase in diabetes of 30% an increase in psychological disorders (almost doubling the rate at 94% higher incidence!) an increase […]

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Pets Boost Your Health For A Lifetime

From childhood throughout our entire adult life and elderly years, owning a pet gives us a a significant health boost that lasts a lifetime. Here’s what the medical literature has to say about why caring for an animal just might be one of the best things you can do to protect your health over a lifetime.   1. Childhood:   You’ve probably heard that exposure to dirt in childhood is an essential part of boosting immunity and decreasing future allergies… but did you know the same is true for animals? Early exposure to dogs and farm animals (during the first

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Sauna For A Longer Life Span? Yes Please.

Now this is a medical study I can really get behind, because I LOVE HEAT. And I love love love anything that boosts circulation — like grounding, sauna, steam room, hot baths, sleeping with a hot water bottle, hugs, massages, exercise (ok, exercise, not so much….) It just feels intuitively right to get your blood flowing, don’t you think?   Thats why I’m so thrilled that there have been so many studies recently looking at the health benefits of routine sauna. Researchers had previously discovered that folks who used a sauna two or more times a week had significantly reduced

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Fat Shaming Causes Disease… But It Doesn’t Have To

Fat shaming (not obesity itself!) directly increases a person’s risk for metabolic syndrome and subsequent health issues, a new study finds.   And why is there fat shaming in the first place? As I will go over below, there is an incredible wealth of medical research showing that having a higher BMI is actually advantageous to longevity, so there really is no need for our society to have an obesity bias to start with! Certainly dropping this attitude and reducing the internalized stress associated with weight will decrease diabetes risk, heart disease risk and the rate of metabolic disease in

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7 Steps To Decrease Your Lifetime Risk of Cancer

As an extension of last week’s article, which shows how fasting at night and walking during the day decreases cancer recurrence… this latest medical study shows that it’s absolutely within your power to decrease your lifetime risk of cancer all together!   Published in Nature Dec 16, 2015 (click here to download this important study!) new research shows that cancer is a very modifiable health risk… estimating that less than one third of cancers are actually genetically driven and that the vast vast majority, over two-thirds of all cancers (up to 90% of them!) are actually environmentally induced.   Why

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Avoiding The Sun Is Actually More Deadly Than Smoking

A recent article, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine on March 16, 2016, found that folks who avoided sun exposure had a decreased life expectancy, similar to smokers who bathed in the sun.   This study looked at almost 30,000 participants (females ages 25 – 64 year old with no history of malignancy) over a span of 20 years. Researchers followed participants for over 20 years and tracked health outcomes and life span. What did they find?   Researchers found that even when smoking was factored in, the life span of those who avoided the sun was over 2

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Saturated Fat Does NOT Increase Mortality

This week, many of us are heading into the holidays.   And as you head into a week of parties and connection and warmth and pot lucks and FOOD… I can think of no better holiday gift than this:   To share with you, directly from the medical literature, the truth that saturated fat does NOT increase mortality.     It’s not about the fat… saturated fat intake does not increase rate of death. It’s about the inflammation and the long term damage that inflammation does to your blood vasculature (and your entire body, from your gut lining to your

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