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Nutritionist names best 'medicine' for longevity

Nutritionist names best 'medicine' for longevity Nutritionist names factors for longevity (facebook.com/O.Skytalinska)
Author: Maria Kholina

Many people have a fundamentally incorrect understanding of aging and longevity. Mainstream medicine focuses on treating diseases when they appear, but this approach is often too late to prevent significant harm, according to nutritionist Oksana Skytalinska.

Factors that contribute to longevity

  • physical exercise
  • nutrition
  • sleep
  • emotional health

Physical exercise

They are the "most powerful medicine" for longevity, reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and type 2 diabetes. Physical activity can improve cognitive functions, mood, and sleep.

Nutrition

Focus on a diet with high nutritional density, rich in natural quality proteins, beneficial fats, and slow carbohydrates, with low processed food and no added sugar. Avoid trendy diets and concentrate on finding a rational way of eating that suits individual metabolic features, age, and health conditions.

Sleep

Sleep is essential for supporting the health of the body and mind. Sleep disturbances (insufficient sleep, shallow sleep, lack of sleep) can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's. Quality sleep can enhance cognitive functions, mood, and physical activity outcomes.

Emotional health

Emotional health is just as important as physical health. Stress can increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's, worsening cognitive functions and sleep.

Key takeaways

It's crucial to think about prevention of diseases or worsening of health in advance, especially when nature is genetically predisposed against us. The more resistant genetics are, the more persistent our efforts need to be and the earlier we need to start.

The nutritionist also emphasized the significant importance of the power of habits.