How to Live a Long and Healthy Life
Here’s what a longevity expert recommends
Just about everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. You may be already on a healthy path or trying to make a healthy change. Some people who’ve succumbed to years of unhealthy habits think little can be changed now. But it can’t be further from the truth.
Wherever you are in your health journey, remember this: any bad habits can be reversed. That means you can step on a path towards a healthier you today.
Longevity expert Sergey Young, who is the founder of the Longevity Vision Fund, and author of the Science and Technology of Growing Young, can serve as inspiration to anyone who wants to embrace a healthy lifestyle and live a long life.
As he points out: “Our bodies have this amazing capability to heal itself. If we treat it properly, we can do a lot to recover health-wise.”
Sergey Young has taken on a mission to live up to 200. You may think that someone like him must have always lived a healthy lifestyle, but he didn’t. When he was 42 years old — now he’s over 50 — he had high cholesterol and it was 30% above the normal levels.
Determined to lower his cholesterol naturally, he changed his lifestyle drastically. Within just six months his cholesterol levels dropped down by 25%.
How did he do that, you may wonder? He did it with a simple lifestyle change.
His diet plan is pretty easy to implement and anyone can follow in his footsteps.
Here’s what Sergey Young recommends to change for a healthy lifestyle.
Adopt a plant-based diet
One simple way to make a healthy change is to tweak your diet. Young tweaked by simply switching to more of a plant-based diet, which is also a cholesterol-friendly diet. Research supports that following a plant-based diet for an extended period can lower your cholesterol naturally.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, people who followed a more plant-based diet had better heart health and healthy levels of cholesterol.
Now, it doesn’t mean that you should stay away from meat altogether, but cutting it down to just twice or three times a week is a great place to start. Young eats meat once every two weeks and he fills his plate with healthy servings of fruits and veggies.
To support his healthy diet and cholesterol levels, Young supplemented his diet with good ol’ omega-3s. Some studies have shown that fish oil supplements can lower LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, and provide heart benefits.
Incorporate cardio into your daily routine
Regular cardio is a key to health and longevity. Young recommends any cardiovascular activity — it could be jogging, running, or swimming that gets your heart pumping. Young was able to lower his cholesterol levels through swimming, which he did for 30–40 minutes.
As Young says, “Any movement is good. Let’s just make sure we integrate it into our daily and weekly routine. It’s up to you what particular style of exercise you like.”
He says if you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to exercise, a daily walk for 30 minutes can do the trick.
If you’re trying to live a long and healthy life, follow Young’s advice on implementing a healthy change. The three lifestyle changes he recommends can help you live a healthier lifestyle.
Whether you’re already on a healthy path or trying to get healthier, small changes will help you support your health and achieve overall well-being. Remember if you treat your body properly, the body will take care of you.
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