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10 Crucial Steps To Living A Healthy Lifestyle

If youve been reading us for some time now, you probably know that there is not only one right way to improve your life, there are in fact more ways to live a healthy lifestyle, which will probably result in changing many things about yourself.

Living full time (as we want to call it) can be very hard nowadays. Especially if you want to live a healthy lifestyle.Work, money, society It seems like everything is taking its turn, not allowing us to fully enjoy life.

But why do I correlate enjoying life with living a healthy lifestyle? Well simple, you see, if one is healthy in every sense of the word, its hard not to enjoy life. And living like that makes you enjoy it even more.

But how can one achieve that?

How to change your lifestyle to match that description? How can you have a lifestyle that is healthy, fulfilled, interesting and enjoyable?

Well, just keep reading:

Not only did we mention this before, but we also did a whole article on how much exercising is important if you want to move your life forward, and make room for some improvement. The truth, simple as it is, is that adding exercise to your life on daily basis is one of the best ways to promote a healthy lifestyle in general. The health related benefits are huge, as is the step you are taking towards self-improvement.

Here is the post that goes more deeply in this matter:

Giving the roller coaster of a schedule that many people are having today, probably the one that sent you here at the first place, we must come to realize just how much important sleep is to all of us. Many studies conducted on couple of the best universities around the world suggest that every individual needs from seven to eight hours a sleep during the night.

And this is the important part- during the night! You see, sleeping in a period in which the body isnt designed to sleep, is equally bad as sleeping less hours. By ruining this schedule, the body endocrine system is not producing melatonin (the hormone which is responsible for making us sleepy) in the right amounts, or shuts production completely.

Here is a post dedicated about why sleeping is so much important, the importance of a good sleeping schedule, the benefits of waking up early and what to do in order to make the most out of it:

This is one of the cornerstones, truly a foundation upon which one healthy lifestyle is build. And make no mistakes, it will change everything for better once you implement the healthy diet into your everyday life. Not only you will be healthy, but you will also have tons and tons of other benefits as well.

Here are some helpful articles we wrote about healthy diet a while ago:

Time = life, therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life. Alan Lakein

Time management is a process, chain of techniques if you will, that not only make sure that we are on our best when it comes to spending our time, but also gives us the opportunity to know we are doing the best we can, and taking all we can actually take. It can also be a pretty good tool in the battle against stress.

You should only take a look at somebody who is successful in life and is truly enjoying it. The first picture you will get is of a person who is determined in what he is going after, and most of all a person who knows how to get organized, probably possess an effective time management skills and knows what to do in order to achieve his dream.

No man is an island. Youve heard that before, dont you? Well, it turns out that its not only true but its also necessary if you like to live healthy.

You probably assumed by now that we are not only talking about physical health, but rather about health as a whole. Meaning psychological health, health of the spirit as well as of the body. And being social creatures, we humans make everything with tilting toward this fact over and over again.

The way weve built society, the way we try to find new ways for us to correspond, interact Thats really in our nature, and by acknowledging that we must try to be as much social as we can. Forget about everyone that you are not quite fond of, and devote yourself on people you find spending time with enjoyable and relaxing.

Whether this may be your friend, family, significant other Doesnt matter really. What matters is that you go and spend as much time as you can with them.

Now many of you are confused as for why this is listed as one of the steps to living a healthy lifestyle. Fair enough, Ill give you an explanation.

Being curious and wanting to learn everything about everything makes you younger in a way. It makes your spirit remain like it was when you were just a child. It leads towards intellectual growth, and makes you engage yourself further on in using your brain as much as you can.

Just by reading this, you are proving that you are in fact curious person. And what is the result? Well, you are improved in a way or at least heading towards there.

You see, we said that health doesnt necessarily apply just to the body. You must also nurture your brain, your intellect. That is achieved by reading, asking questions, doing some games like puzzles and crosswords, challenge yourself to think deeply about something, have a profound discourse with someone that challenges you. Staying healthy is a wide concept, and this is one of its fundamentals.

An obvious way to fully live a life while enjoying it. Do you smile a lot? Or just from time to time? Or maybe youve forgot how is like to hear yourself giggling about something?

It is our aptitude for humor, our innate characteristics, which make us so fond of it. It is one of the first things a baby does while learning this world, a sign, a symptom of happiness and health if you will. Learning how to put a smile on your face is worth more than learning anything else in life.

Your outlook of life can affect you more than you think. It is about how you perceive things that surround you. Your interpretation of them is what defines them as being one way or another. It defines your perception upon this world as a whole, shapes your experiences even on a daily basis.

Give your undivided attention to people that have positive outlooks on life, and try to figure out how you can change your way of seeing things. Being positive helped many people in life. I once read a book by Bear Grylls in which he explains how being positive changed his life completely, and allowed him to be where he is today.

Another thing closely connected to living a healthy lifestyle when it comes to spirituality and psychological health is having a place or a thing that you really enjoy, and is just for you. Having a hobby is one of the steps to live a healthy life.

Whether this is reading, working in your garden, playing some sport, writing or playing some instrument, it doesnt really matter.

The thing is that you must hold up to this and try to enjoy it more often. For example, I play on my violin from time to time and enjoy practicing pieces from Bach, Sarassate, Mozart and many others. Find your passion about something, and hold up to it for dear life.

As for the last one, it is essential that you reminisce things now and then, and do a check. What am I talking about? Well for starters, you should schedule a visit to the doctors at least twice a year, and do some basic tests. That way you always have the upper hand in case something comes down the way. Checking things out from time to time is one of the steps to living a healthy lifestyle.

Visit a therapist or find some other ways to win the battle with the stress, or just try and take some time for you to realize in which aspect of life you are heading in opposite direction. Doing this you will never feel like there is something that you are not doing right when it comes to your health in general, and you will be more on top of things.

These are some of the ways that are proven to make your life better and healthier in more than one way, and in turn make you enjoy a more fulfilled, healthier life. No matter which one you choose to start with, they will all allow you to make a great change towards better, and you will immediately feel the results .

Can you add more to this? Do you know some other ways of living a healthy lifestyle?

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Part 5:Belief in Progress vs. Rational Uncertainty

The Enlightenment, with its confident efforts to fashion a science of man, was archetypal of the belief and quest that humankind will eventually achieve lasting peace and happiness. In what some interpret as a reformulation of Christianitys teleological salvation history in which the People of God will be redeemed at the end of days and with the Kingdom of Heaven established on Earth, most Enlightenment thinkers believed in the inevitability of human political and technological progress, secularizing the Christian conception of history and eschatology into a conviction that humanity would, using a system of thought built on reason and science, be able to continually improve itself. As portrayed by Carl Becker in his 1933 book The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers, the philosophies demolished the Heavenly City of St. Augustine only to rebuild it with more up-to-date materials. Whether this Enlightenment humanist view of progress amounted merely to a recapitulation of the Christian teleological vision of history, or if Enlightenment beliefs in continual, linear political, intellectual, and material improvement reflected, asJames Hughesposits, a clear difference from the dominant Christian historical narrative in which little would change until the End Times and Christs return, the notion, in any case, of a collective progress towards a definitive end-point was one that remained unsupported by the scientific worldview. The scientific worldview, as Hughes reminds us in the opening paragraph of this essay within his series, does not support historical inevitability, only uncertainty. We may annihilate ourselves or regress, he says, and Even the normative judgment of what progress is, and whether we have made any, is open to empirical skepticism.

Hereby, we are introduced to a conflict that exists, at least since after the Enlightenment, between a view of progressive optimism and that of radical uncertainty. Building on the Enlightenments faith in the inevitability of political and scientific progress, the idea of an end-point, salvation moment for humankind fuelled all the great Enlightenment ideologies that followed, flowing down, as Hughes traces, through Comtes positivism and Marxist theories of historical determinism to neoconservative triumphalism about the end of history in democratic capitalism. Communists envisaged that end-point as a post-capitalist utopia that would finally resolve the class struggle which they conceived as the true engine of history. This vision also contained the 20th-century project to build the Soviet Man, one of extra-human capacities, for as Trotsky had predicted, after the Revolution, the average human type will rise to the heights of an Aristotle, a Goethe, or a Marx. And above this ridge new peaks will rise, whereas for 20th-century free-market liberals, this End of History had arrived with the final triumph of liberal democracy, with the entire world bound to be swept in its course. Events though, especially so far in the 21st century, appear to prove this view wrong.

This belief moreover, as Hughes would convincingly argue, in the historical inevitability of progress has also always been locked in conflict with the rationalist, scientific observation that humanity could regress or disappear altogether. Enlightenment pessimism, or at least realism, has, over the centuries, proven a stubborn resistance and constraint of Enlightenment optimism. Hughes, citing Henry Vyberg, reminds us that there were, after all, even French Enlightenment thinkers within that same era who rejected the belief in linear historical progress, but proposed historical cycles or even decadence instead. That aside, contemporary commentators like John Gray would even argue that the efforts themselves of the Enlightenment on the quest for progress unfortunately issued in, for example, the racist pseudo-science of Voltaire and Hume, while all endeavours to establish the rule of reason have resulted in bloody fanaticisms, from Jacobinism to Bolshevism, which equaled the worst atrocities attributable to religious believers. Horrendous acts like racism and anti-Semitism, in the verdict of Gray: .are not incidental defects in Enlightenment thinking. They flow from some of the Enlightenments central beliefs.

Even Darwinisms theory of natural selection was, according to Hughes, suborned by the progressive optimistic thinking of the Enlightenment and its successors to the doctrine of inevitable progress, aided in part by Darwins own teleological interpretation. Problem, however, is that from the scientific worldview, there is no support for progress as to be found provided by the theory of natural selection, only that humanity, Hughes plainly states, like all creatures, is on a random walk through a mine field, that human intelligence is only an accident, and that we could easily go extinct as many species have done. Gray, for example, rebukes Darwin, who wrote: As natural selection works solely for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress to perfection. Natural selection, however, does not work solely for the good of each being, a fact Darwin himself elsewhere acknowledged. Nonetheless, it has continually proven rather difficult for people to resist the impulse to identify evolution with progress, with an extended downside to this attitude being equally difficult to resist the temptation to apply evolution in the rationalization of views as dangerous as Social Darwinism and acts as horrible as eugenics.

Many skeptics therefore hold, rationally, that scientific utopias and promises to transform the human condition deserve the deepest suspicion. Reason is but a frail reed, all events of moral and political progress are and will always remain subject to reversal, and civilization could as well just collapse, eventually. Historical events and experiences have therefore caused faith in the inevitability of progress to wax and wane over time. Hughes notes that among several Millenarian movements and New Age beliefs, such faith could still be found that the world is headed for a millennial age, just as it exists in techno-optimist futurism. Nevertheless, he makes us see that since the rise and fall of fascism and communism, and the mounting evidence of the dangers and unintended consequences of technology, there are few groups that still hold fast to an Enlightenment belief in the inevitability of conjoined scientific and political progress. Within the transhumanist community, however, the possession of such faith in progress can still be found as held by many, albeit signifying a camp in the continuation therefore of the Enlightenment-bequeathed conflict as manifested between transhumanist optimism in contradiction with views of future uncertainty.

As with several occasions in the past, humanity is, again, currently being spun yet another End of History narrative: one of a posthuman future. Yuval Harari, for instance, in Homo Deus argues that emerging technologies and new scientific discoveries are undermining the foundations of Enlightenment humanism, although as he proceeds with his presentation he also proves himself unable to avoid one of the defining tropes of Enlightenment humanist thinking, i.e., that deeply entrenched tendency to conceive human history in teleological terms: fundamentally as a matter of collective progress towards a definitive end-point. This time, though, our eras End of History glorious salvation moment is to be ushered in, not by a politico-economic system, but by a nascent techno-elite with a base in Silicon Valley, USA, a cluster steeped in a predominant tech-utopianism which has at its core the idea that the new technologies emerging there can steer humanity towards a definitive break-point in our history, the Singularity. Among believers in this coming Singularity, transhumanists, as it were, having inherited the tension between Enlightenment convictions in the inevitability of progress, and, in Hughes words, Enlightenments scientific, rational realism that human progress or even civilization may fail, now struggle with a renewed contradiction. And here the contrast as Hughes intends to portray gains sharpness, for as such, transhumanists today are torn between their Enlightenment faith in inevitable progress toward posthuman transcension and utopian Singularities on the one hand, and, on the other, their rational awareness of the possibility that each new technology may have as many risks as benefits and that humanity may not have a future.

The risks of new technologies, even if not necessarily one that threatens the survival of humanity as a species with extinction, may yet be of an undesirable impact on the mode and trajectory of our extant civilization. Henry Kissinger, in his 2018 article How the Enlightenment Ends, expressed his perception that technology, which is rooted in Enlightenment thought, is now superseding the very philosophy that is its fundamental principle. The universal values proposed by the Enlightenment philosophes, as Kissinger points out, could be spread worldwide only through modern technology, but at the same time, such technology has ended or accomplished the Enlightenment and is now going its own way, creating the need for a new guiding philosophy. Kissinger argues specifically that AI may spell the end of the Enlightenment itself, and issues grave warnings about the consequences of AI and the end of Enlightenment and human reasoning, this as a consequence of an AI-led technological revolution whose culmination may be a world relying on machines powered by data and algorithms and ungoverned by ethical or philosophical norms. By way of analogy to how the printing press allowed the Age of Reason to supplant the Age of Religion, he buttresses his proposal that the modern counterpart of this revolutionary process is the rise of intelligent AI that will supersede human ability and put an end to the Enlightenment. Kissinger further outlines his three areas of concern regarding the trajectory of artificial intelligence research: AI may achieve unintended results; in achieving intended goals, AI may change human thought processes and human values, and AI may reach intended goals, but be unable to explain the rationale for its conclusions. Kissingers thesis, of course, has not gone without both support and criticisms attracted from different quarters. Reacting to Kissinger, Yuk Hui, for example, in What Begins After the End of the Enlightenment? maintained that Kissinger is wrongthe Enlightenment has not ended. Rather, modern technologythe support structure of Enlightenment philosophyhas become its own philosophy, with the universalizing force of technology becoming itself the political project of the Enlightenment.

Transhumanists, as mentioned already, reflect the continuity of some of those contradictions between belief in progress and uncertainty about human future. Hughes shows us nonetheless that there are some interesting historical turns suggesting further directions that this mood has taken. In the 1990s, Hughes recalls, transhumanists were full of exuberant Enlightenment optimism about unending progress. As an example, Hughes cites Max Mores 1998 Extropian Principles which defined Perpetual Progress as the first precept of their brand of transhumanism. Over time, however, Hughes communicates how More himself has had cause to temper this optimism, stressing rather this driving principle as one of desirability and more a normative goal than a faith in historical inevitability. History, More would say in 2002, since the Enlightenment makes me wary of all arguments to inevitability

Rational uncertainty among transhumanists hence make many of them refrain from an argument for the inevitability of transhumanism as a matter of progress. Further, there are indeed several possible factors which could deter the transhumanist idea and drive for progress from translating to reality: A neo-Luddite revolution, a turn and rise in preference for rural life, mass disenchantment with technological addiction and increased option for digital detox, nostalgia, disillusionment with modern civilization and a return-to-innocence counter-cultural movement, neo-Romanticism, a pop-culture allure and longing for a Tolkien-esque world, cyclical thinking, conservatism, traditionalism, etc. The alternative, backlash, and antagonistic forces are myriad. Even within transhumanism, the anti-democratic and socially conservative Neoreactionary movement, with its rejection of the view that history shows inevitable progression towards greater liberty and enlightenment, is gradually (and rather disturbingly) growing a contingent. Hughes talks, as another point for rational uncertainty, about the three critiques: futurological, historical, and anthropological, of transhumanist and Enlightenment faith in progress that Phillipe Verdoux offers, and in which the anthropological argument holds that pre-moderns were probably as happy or happier than we moderns. After all, Rousseau, himself a French Enlightenment thinker, is generally seen as having believed in the superiority of the savage over the civilized. Perspectives like these could stir anti-modern, anti-progress sentiments in peoples hearts and minds.

Demonstrating still why transhumanists must not be obstinate over the idea of inevitability, Hughes refers to Greg Burchs 2001 work Progress, Counter-Progress, and Counter-Counter-Progress in which the latter expounded on the Enlightenment and transhumanist commitment to progress as to a political program, fully cognizant that there are many powerful enemies of progress and that victory was not inevitable. Moreover, the possible failure in realizing goals of progress might not even result from the actions of enemies in that antagonistic sense of the word, for there is also that likely scenario, as the 2006 movie Idiocracy depicts, of a future dystopian society based on dysgenics, one in which, going by expectations and trends of the 21st century, the most intelligent humans decrease in reproduction and eventually fail to have children while the least intelligent reproduce prolifically. As such, through the process of natural selection, generations are created that collectively become increasingly dumber and more virile with each passing century, leading to a future world plagued by anti-intellectualism, bereft of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, coherence in notions of justice and human rights, and manifesting several other traits of degeneration in culture. This is yet a possibility for our future world.

So while for many extropians and transhumanists, nonetheless, perpetual progress was an unstoppable train, responding to which one either got on board for transcension or consigned oneself to the graveyard, other transhumanists, however, Hughes comments, especially in response to certain historical experiences (the 2000 dot-com crash, for example), have seen reason to increasingly temper their expectations about progress. In Hughess appraisal, while, therefore, some transhumanists still press for technological innovation on all fronts and oppose all regulation, others are focusing on reducing the civilization-ending potentials of asteroid strikes, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. Some realism hence need be in place to keep under constant check the excesses of contemporary secular technomillennialism as contained in some transhumanist strains.

Hughes presents Nick Bostroms 2001 essay Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios and Related Hazards as one influential example of this anti-millennial realism, a text in which Bostrom, following his outline of scenarios that could either end the existence of the human species or have us evolve into dead-ends, then addressed not just how we can avoid extinction and ensure that there are descendants of humanity, but also how we can ensure that we will be proud to claim them. Subsequently, Bostrom has been able to produce work on catastrophic risk estimation at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford. Hughes seems to favour this approach, for he ensures to indicate that this has also been adopted as a programmatic focus for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) which he directs, and as well for the transhumanist non-profit, the Lifeboat Foundation. Transhumanists who listen to Bostrom, as we could deduce from Hughes, are being urged to take a more critical approach concerning technological progress.

With the availability of this rather cautious attitude, a new tension, Hughes reports, now plays out between eschatological certainty and pessimistic risk assessment. This has taken place mainly concerning the debate over the Singularity. For the likes of Ray Kurzweil (2005), representing the camp of a rather technomillennial, eschatological certainty, his patterns of accelerating trendlines towards a utopian merger of enhanced humanity and godlike artificial intelligence is one of unstoppability, and this Kurzweil supports by referring to the steady exponential march of technological progress through (and despite) wars and depressions. Dystopian and apocalyptic predictions of how humanity might fare under superintelligent machines (extinction, inferiority, and the likes) are, in the assessment of Hughes, but minimally entertained by Kurzweil, since to the techno-prophet we are bound to eventually integrate with these machines into apotheosis.

The platform, IEET, thus has taken a responsibility of serving as a site for teasing out this tension between technoprogressive optimism of the will and pessimism of the intellect, as Hughes echoes Antonio Gramsci. On the one hand, Hughes explains, we have championed the possibility of, and evidence of, human progress. By adopting the term technoprogressivism as our outlook, we have placed ourselves on the side of Enlightenment political and technological progress.And yet on the other hand, he continues, we have promoted technoprogressivism precisely in order to critique uncritical techno-libertarian and futurist ideas about the inevitability of progress. We have consistently emphasized the negative effects that unregulated, unaccountable, and inequitably distributed technological development could have on society (one feels tempted to call out Landian accelerationism at this point). Technoprogressivism, the guiding philosophy of IEET, avails as a principle which insists that technological progress needs to be consistently conjoined with, and dependent on, political progress, whilst recognizing that neither are inevitable.

In charting the essay towards a close, Hughes mentions his and a number of IEET-led technoprogresive publications, among which we have Verdoux who, despite his futurological, historical, and anthropological critique of transhumanism, yet goes ahead to argue for transhumanism on moral grounds (free from the language of Marxisms historical inevitabilism or utopianism, and cautious of the tragic history of communism), and as a less dangerous course than any attempt at relinquishing technological development, but only after the naive faith in progress has been set aside. Unfortunately, however, the rational capitulationism to the transhumanist future that Verdoux offers, according to Hughes, is not something that stirs mens souls. Hughes hence, while admitting to our need to embrace these critical, pessimistic voices and perspectives, yet calls on us to likewise heed to the need to also re-discover our capacity for vision and hope. This need for optimism that humans can collectively exercise foresight and invention, and peacefully deliberate our way to a better future, rather than yielding to narratives that would lead us into the traps of utopian and apocalyptic fatalism, has been one of the motivations behind the creation of the technoprogressive brand. The brand, Hughes presents, has been of help in distinguishing necessarily Enlightenment optimism about the possibility of human political, technological and moral progress from millennialist techno-utopian inevitabilism.

Presumably, upon this technoprogressive philosophy, the new version of the Transhumanist Declaration, adopted by Humanity+ in 2009, indicated a shift from some of the language of the 1998 version, and conveyed a more reflective, critical, realistic, utilitarian, proceed with caution and act with wisdom tone with respect to the transhumanist vision for humanitys progress. This version of the declaration, though relatively sobered, remains equally inspiring nonetheless. Hughes closes the essay with a reminder on our need to stay aware of the diverse ways by which our indifferent universe threatens our existence, how our growing powers come with unintended consequences, and why applying mindfulness on our part in all actions remains the best approach for navigating our way towards progress in our radically uncertain future.

Conclusively, following Hughes objectives in this series, it can be suggested that more studies on the Enlightenment (European and global) are desirable especially for its potential to furnish us with richer understanding into a number of problems within contemporary transhumanism as sprouting from its roots deep in the Enlightenment. Interest and scholarship in Enlightenment studies, fortunately, seems to be experiencing some current revival, and even so with increasing diversity in perspective, thereby presenting transhumanism with a variety of paths through which to explore and gain context for connected issues. Seeking insight thence into some foundations of transhumanisms problems could take the path, among others: of an examination of internal contradictions within the Enlightenment, of the approach of Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adornos Dialectic of Enlightenment; of assessing opponents of the Enlightenment as found, for example, in Isaiah Berlins notion of Counter Enlightenment; of investigating a rather radical strain of the Enlightenment as presented in Jonathan Israels Radical Enlightenment, and as well in grappling with the nature of the relationships between transhumanism and other heirs both of the Enlightenment and the Counter-Enlightenment today. Again, and significantly, serious attention need be paid now and going forwards in jealously guarding transhumanism against ultimately falling into the hands of the Dark Enlightenment.

Ojochogwu Abdulis the founder of the Transhumanist Enlightenment Caf (TEC), is the co-founder of the Enlightenment Transhumanist Forum of Nigeria (H+ Nigeria), and currently serves as a Foreign Ambassador for the U.S. Transhumanist Party in Nigeria.

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How is it that the United States spends the most money on healthcare, and yet still has the one of the lowest life expectancies of all developed nations? (To be specific: $9,400 per capita, 79 years, and 31st.)

Maybe those of us in healthcare have been looking at it all wrong, for too long.

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted a massive study of the impact of health habits on life expectancy, using data from the well-known Nurses Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). This means that they had data on a huge number of people over a very long period of time. The NHS included over 78,000 women and followed them from 1980 to 2014. The HPFS included over 40,000 men and followed them from 1986 to 2014. This is over 120,000 participants, 34 years of data for women, and 28 years of data for men.

The researchers looked at NHS and HPFS data on diet, physical activity, body weight, smoking, and alcohol consumption that had been collected from regularly administered, validated questionnaires.

These five areas were chosen because prior studies have shown them to have a large impact on risk of premature death. Here is how these healthy habits were defined and measured:

1. Healthy diet, which was calculated and rated based on the reported intake of healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, healthy fats, and omega-3 fatty acids, and unhealthy foods like red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fat, and sodium.

2. Healthy physical activity level, which was measured as at least 30 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity daily.

3. Healthy body weight, defined as a normal body mass index (BMI), which is between 18.5 and 24.9.

4. Smoking, well, there is no healthy amount of smoking. Healthy here meant never having smoked.

5. Moderate alcohol intake, which was measured as between 5 and 15 grams per day for women, and 5 to 30 grams per day for men. Generally, one drink contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol. Thats 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits.

Researchers also looked at data on age, ethnicity, and medication use, as well as comparison data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research.

As it turns out, healthy habits make a big difference. According to this analysis, people who met criteria for all five habits enjoyed significantly, impressively longer lives than those who had none: 14 years for women and 12 years for men (if they had these habits at age 50). People who had none of these habits were far more likely to die prematurely from cancer or cardiovascular disease.

Study investigators also calculated life expectancy by how many of these five healthy habits people had. Just one healthy habit (and it didnt matter which one) just one extended life expectancy by two years in men and women. Not surprisingly, the more healthy habits people had, the longer their lifespan. This is one of those situations where I wish I could reprint their graphs for you, because theyre so cool. (But if youre very curious, the article is available online, and the graphs are on page 7. Check out Graph B, Estimated life expectancy at age 50 according to the number of low-risk factors.)

This is huge. And, it confirms prior similar research a lot of prior similar research. A 2017 study using data from the Health and Retirement Study found that people 50 and older who were normal weight, had never smoked, and drank alcohol in moderation lived on average seven years longer. A 2012 mega-analysis of 15 international studies that included over 500,000 participants found that over half of premature deaths were due to unhealthy lifestyle factors such as poor diet, inactivity, obesity, excessive alcohol intake, and smoking. And the list of supporting research goes on.

As the authors of this study point out, in the US we tend to spend outlandishly on developing fancy drugs and other treatments for diseases, rather than on trying to prevent them. This is a big problem.

Experts have suggested that the best way to help people make healthy diet and lifestyle change is at the large-scale, population level, through public health efforts and policy changes. (Kind of like motorcycle helmets and seat belt legislation) We have made a little progress with tobacco and trans-fat legislation.

Theres a lot of pushback from big industry on that, of course. If we have guidelines and laws helping us to live healthier, big companies arent going to sell as much fast food, chips, and soda. And for companies hell-bent on making money at the cost of human life, well, that makes them very angry.

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10 healthy lifestyle tips for adults: (EUFIC)

07 June 2017

For good health, we need more than 40 different nutrients, and no single food can supply them all. It is not about a single meal, it is about a balanced food choice over time that will make a difference!

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About half the calories in our diet should come from foods rich in carbohydrates, such as cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes, and bread. It is a good idea to include at least one of these at every meal. Wholegrain foods, like wholegrain bread, pasta, and cereals, will increase our fibre intake.

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Fats are important for good health and proper functioning of the body. However, too much of it can negatively affect our weight and cardiovascular health. Different kinds of fats have different health effects, and some of these tips could help us keep the balance right:

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Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals and fibre. We should try to eat at least 5 servings a day. For example, a glass of fresh fruit juice at breakfast, perhaps an apple and a piece of watermelon as snacks, and a good portion of different vegetables at each meal.

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A high salt intake can result in high blood pressure, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. There are different ways to reduce salt in the diet:

Sugar provides sweetness and an attractive taste, but sugary foods and drinks arerich in energy, and are best enjoyed in moderation, as an occasional treat. We could use fruits instead, even to sweeten our foods and drinks.

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Eating a variety of foods, regularly, and in the right amounts is the best formula for a healthy diet.

Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in helpless overeating. Snacking between meals can help control hunger, but snacking should not replace proper meals. For snacks, we could choose yoghurt, a handful of fresh or dried fruits or vegetables (like carrot sticks), unsalted nuts, or perhaps some bread with cheese.

Paying attention to portion size will help us not to consume too much calories, and will allow us to eat all the foods we enjoy, without having to eliminate any.

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Adults need to drink at least 1.5 litres of fluid a day! Or more if it’s very hot or they are physically active. Water is the best source, of course, and we can use tap or mineral water, sparkling or non-sparkling, plain or flavoured. Fruit juices, tea, soft drinks, milk and other drinks, can all be okay – from time to time.

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The right weight for each us depends on factors like our gender, height, age, and genes. Being overweight increases the risks of a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.

Excess body fat comes from eating more than we need. The extra calories can come from any caloric nutrient – protein, fat, carbohydrate, or alcohol, but fat is the most concentrated source of energy. Physical activity helps us spend the energy, and makes us feel good. The message is reasonably simple: if we are gaining weight, we need to eat less and be more active!

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Physical activity is important for people of all weight ranges and health conditions. It helps us burn off the extra calories, it is good for the heart and circulatory system, it maintains or increases our muscle mass, it helps us focus, and improves overall health well-being. We don’t have to be top athletes to get on the move! 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity is advised, and it can easily become part of our daily routine. We all could:

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Gradual changes in our lifestyle are easier to maintain than major changes introduced all at once. For three days, we could write down the foods and drinks we consume throughout the day, and make a note of the amount of movement we made. It wont be difficult to spot where we could improve:

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The #1 Source For HCG Diet Drops Information

HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a hormone naturally produced in the human body and is used quite frequently with the HCG Diet. It has many functions and is used medically to treat a variety of conditions. It is often referred to as the pregnancy hormone, but during pregnancy the levels double every two days. This hormone allows the body to metabolize stored fat and use it as energy for both mother and fetus. This acts as a fail-safe mechanism when energy is needed immediately. For weight loss during the HCG Diet, only a very small amount of HCG is used to capitalize on this same mechanism. Using HCG in this way during the HCG Diet does not mimic pregnancy; in fact, it can be safely used by both men and women. This dieting method was introduced by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in the 1970′s and known as the HCG Diet.

Today we encourage people to take the best parts of the HCG Diet and combine them with modern science and supplements.

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Hormone Optimization – Revive Therapy and Wellness

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy has numerous benefits for both women and men. Age-related hormone decline is one of the most common reasons for hormone imbalances; however, hormones may become imbalanced at any time due to stress, lack of sleep, poor lifestyle choices, and poor nutrition. In addition to preparing the bodys fight or flight responses, hormones are also important for regulating hunger and mood.

Because they are produced within our cells in small amounts, trace levels during replacement can have dramatic results.We know that a significant part of the aging process involves the diminished production of hormones, which begins in our early 30s and accelerates dramatically into our 50s and 60s. If left untreated, this can result in the development of chronic diseases.

With todays bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, restoring hormonal balance can not only relieve these symptoms, but modern research indicates that it can also slow down the aging process and, most importantly, prevent the occurrence of common diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of both men and women.

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Low T Treatment in Texas & Illinois | SynergenX Health …

Low T, which is a lower-than-normal level of the male hormone testosterone, can affect men in a variety of ways. It can also have a number of potential causes, including:

Really, age is the most common reason for Low T. Thats because most men begin to experience a decline in testosterone, albeit a gradual one, after age 30. Generally, testosterone levels peak during adolescence or early adulthood, and its pretty much all downhill from there. The older you become, the lower your T levels, and its faster for some men than for others.

Whatever the reason or reasons behind it, Low T can cause or contribute to a number of conditions that disrupt mens lives and can affect their productivity, relationships and sense of worth or self-identity. These include:

At SynergenX, we treat Low T with hormone replacement therapyand we do it differently. We tailor the treatment and dose to each mans individual needsas informed by lab tests. We also differ from the typical hormone treatment protocol by testing continually and varying the dose as your T levels rise and fall, because they do. By continually, actively monitoring patients and adjusting treatment, we minimize the risksand help most men achieve a marked, positive change and a reinvigorated life and sense of self.

While erectile dysfunction can be helped dramatically by hormone replacement, we also can help improve erectile function and sexual performance with BoostEREX. BoostEREX is a noninvasive, drug-free treatment that uses low-intensity shockwave pulses to treat EDs cause (unlike medicines like Viagra, which treat symptoms). In use in other countries for nearly a decade, penile shockwave therapy like BoostEREX has been proven by multiple studies to improve erectile function and sexual performance by eliminating micro-plaques, rejuvenating penile blood vessels, and releasing growth factors that help new blood vessels grow.

SynergenX also offers a tailored, effective weight management program to help men lose weight, keep it off for optimal health, and maximize the effects of their Low T treatment to both feel and look great. And speaking of looking your best, SynergenX offers aesthetic services designed to bring your appearance into harmony with how great you feel on the inside.

For more information about the conditions and symptoms SynergenX can help with, or to schedule an appointment for a FREE Low T test in McKinney, North Park, Woodlands, Kingwood, Vintage Park, Katy, Galleria, Burr Ridge, Sonterra San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, or Northwest San Antonio, call 877-915-2554 or use our easy online form.

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The Lowdown on Low-T – Discover Health – Rush University …

If you bring up the topic of low testosterone (commonly known as low T), you’ll likely hear a wide range of theories and opinions.

Some believe low T is just a natural part of aging for men and, therefore, does not require medical treatment. Others tout testosterone replacement therapy as a proverbial fountain of youth for men hoping to recapture the strength and stamina of their younger selves.

Like most controversial health issues, the truth about low T lies somewhere in the middle. While testosterone replacement therapy can make a dramatic difference in some men’s lives, it’s not for everyone.

“Almost every organ and tissue in a man’s body has testosterone receptors,” says Laurence Levine, MD, a urologist at Rush. “Testosterone plays a vital role in the proper functioning of your bones, muscles, brain, liver and everything in between.”

In fact, testosterone is responsible for all of the following:

Due to the importance of testosterone in men’s overall health, health care providers are increasingly recognizing low T (with varying degrees of severity) as more than just a fad. In fact, a recent study found that almost 40 percent of men over 45 years old had low testosterone.

Peaks and valleys are the norm when it comes to testosterone. Levels change several times a day; it’s highest in the morning and lowest in the evening.

Throughout life, testosterone peaks in the early 30s and steadily declines with age. However, age is not the only culprit behind decreasing testosterone.

Other medical conditions that can cause low T include the following:

When low T occurs with or as the result of an existing medical condition, it can exacerbate symptoms of that condition and even accelerate disease progression.

Long-term, untreated low T can also increase the risk of age-related complications. “A man in his 50s with a long history of low T may have more rapid loss of muscle and bone. He also has a higher risk of developing dementia later in life,” says Levine.

Men who have existing conditions that cause low T have been using testosterone therapy for years. Today, however, many men who do not have other medical problems are also using testosterone therapy in an attempt to feel younger, stronger and more vital.

As a result, much of the controversy surrounding low T and testosterone replacement therapy stems from determining who needs it and who doesn’t.

“If you have some of the signs of low T, it does not necessarily mean your testosterone is low; and if your testosterone is low, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have symptoms,” Levine says. “To be a good candidate for treatment, you must have both low testosterone and symptoms.”

Which symptoms should you watch for? According to Levine, these are the most common:

Some of these symptoms could mimic other conditions, such as depression or low thyroid function. Speak to your primary care physician or urologist to determine the cause of your symptoms, so you can make sure you get the right treatment.

Testosterone is tested with a simple blood test between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. (when testosterone levels are highest). Normal levels fall between 300 and 1,000 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter).

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“However, if I see a man who has no symptoms and his testosterone is at 150, I may recommend treatment because he could start to experience problems with cognition and frailty as he gets older,” Levine says.

“The decision about whether to treat or watch and wait depends on each man’s specific situation” he adds. “There’s no one-size-fits-all. I always tailor the approach to the patient.”

If you have low T and persistent symptoms, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments:

“You may notice an improvement in energy and libido as quickly as a month into treatment. But typically it takes about three months of treatment to notice an obvious improvement in your symptoms,” says Levine.

There are a number of concerns about the safety of testosterone replacement therapy. And most health care professionals agree more research is needed on the long-term effects of testosterone therapy.

But in the meantime, there have been some interesting findings in recent years:

However, Levine warns that testosterone can stimulate tumor growth in men who already have prostate cancer. Thus, men with existing prostate cancer will need regular monitoring with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and a complete blood count every six months.

“Testosterone seems to actually have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health,” says Levine. “Studies show men with low T and heart disease who received testosterone replacement therapy had lower death rates than those who did not receive testosterone therapy.”

If you have a heart condition, it is best to discuss your options with your cardiologist and men’s health clinician.

“It is not a treatment for diabetes, but it can certainly help regulate glucose and metabolism,” Levine says.

There are, however, some risks associated with long-term testosterone use, including the following:

Bottom line: Testosterone therapy may not be appropriate if you’re just feeling a little more run down than usual. “Working closely with a trusted medical professional is the best way to determine if it is right for you,” Levine says.

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The Low T Scam? – Testosterone Centers of Texas – Low T …

With all of the press about the treatment of low testosterone and the role it plays in mens health, many are beginning to wonder, Is Low T a scam? The answer is, No, Low T is not a scam. Low testosterone levels can wreak havoc on a mans physical and emotional well-being. It can affect his relationships and can play a role in infertility if it is not properly treated by an experienced medical professional.

Once men with Low T are on the appropriatetestosterone replacement therapy, they can experience significant and sustainable results.

Low T refers to low testosterone levels, the medical condition is otherwise known ashypogonadism. Even a moderate dip in testosterone can have noticeable side effects. Some of the symptoms caused by low testosterone levels include:

The good news is that these symptoms can be improved once Low T is diagnosed and treated. Over time, low testosterone levels can lead to moreserious physical health problemssuch as heart disease, osteoporosis, and cognitive disorders.

So, is Low T a scam? No. It is a very real condition, experienced by millions of men across the country.

If you suffer fromone or more of the symptoms listed above, and suspect that Low T is the culprit,take our Low T Quiz. This will help to identify whether or not your symptoms indicate lower testosterone levels. If so, you can schedule an appointment to have your hormone levels tested. If it is determined that you do have Low T, we will discuss your options and help you to make the decision that is best for you.

Testosterone replacement therapyshould be specifically tailored to your specific response and your levels should becontinuously monitored to ensure you are getting the right dose. Never participate in testosterone replacement therapy without having your levels checked first. Once your therapy has begun, your hormone levels, as well as indicators of common side effects, should be monitored on a regular basis.

Decreasing levels of testosterone is a very normal biological process. In fact, most mens testosterone levels begin to decrease at a rate of about 1 percent each year after the age of 30. The problem is that environmental factors can also contribute to low testosterone, which is causing some mens testosterone levels to fall faster than normal, earlier than normal.

Pesticides. There are studies that have shown pesticides using the chemicalGlyphosate, one of the most common being Roundup, work as endocrine disrupters. Exposure to these pesticides and herbicides via ingestion or physical exposure can affect male testosterone levels as well as sperm counts.

Parabens. Take a look at your body washes, shampoos, and skin products and you may see some derivative of the word paraben. Parabens are also endocrine disrupters. They elevate estrogen levels while simultaneously decreasing testosterone levels. Look for products that are paraben-free before taking them off the shelf.

Stress and depression. In an era where people are always on the go, stress has become a state of being. Unfortunately, studies are showing that continued stress takes its toll on testosterone levels. The same is true for depression. If you are chronically stressed or prone to depression, you are more likely to suffer from Low T.

Be careful, there are plenty of companies out there that will take a real problem and exploit it to make a buck but does that mean that Low T a Scam? Definitely not! Do your homework, ask questions, and make sure you get the right answers!

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Testosterone Replacement Portland OR – Optimizing Mens Hormone

Similar to women, men also experience a hormonal decline as they age. Testosterone levels usually peak between the ages of 18-25 and then it gradually declines at a rate of about one percent per year thereafter.

Known as andropause, the decline of testosterone levels can make daily life a struggle. However, unlike menopause, the symptoms of andropause are subtle. An increase in daytime fatigue and decreased sexual interest are usually the first signs that hormones are shifting. Other symptoms may include weight gain, fatigue, muscle loss, depression, memory loss, decreased drive, erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive, and irritability.

Our medical director and age management expert, Dr. Adam Maddox, is highly experienced in treating andropause and hormone replacement therapy in men. He has been optimizing mens hormone levels with testosterone replacement for nearly 15 years. During your visit at our Portland anti-aging center, Dr. Maddox will take a detailed medical history and analyze your current state of health. Upon the completion of required laboratory testing, Dr. Maddox will discuss your test results and design a treatment plan for your specific needs.

Your customized treatment plan may consist of the integration of testosterone replacement, thyroid support, DHEA replacement, nutrition, exercise, and nutritional supplements. With optimal levels of testosterone, the body becomes strong again by building lean muscle and supporting healthy heart and brain function. By optimizing testosterone, you may experience:

Improved sexual functionA decrease in body fatStronger erectionsImproved mental and cognitive functionIncreased muscle strengthHealthier outlook on lifeDecreased risk of heart disease

There are multiple treatment options available for testosterone replacement therapy including, topical creams and gels, skin patches, injections, pellet implants, as well as sublingual and oral forms. Over the years I have prescribed most of these and have found that the subcutaneous pellet implant is the best. With that said, I do not embrace a one size fits all approach. Instead I find what works best for that person and treat accordingly.-Dr. Maddox

As symptoms of testosterone deficiency including fatigue, decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, and loss of sexual drive, develop in men, testosterone pellet therapy along with healthy nutrition and exercise can help reverse these negative effects.

Bio-identical testosterone pellet therapy is a natural alternative to synthetic testosterone that offers sustained daily testosterone levels for up to 3-6 months. Unlike testosterone injections, creams, gels, and patches, which usually cause a roller coaster effect of testosterone blood levels, testosterone pellets offer a steady dose.

We start with a detailed health history. Symptoms can vary from anxiety to depression and from increase belly fat to decreased sexual function. We also test total and free testosterone blood levels along with other hormones including thyroid levels. Although your testosterone levels may be within normal lab reference range there are variables that need to be taken into consideration when evaluating a new testosterone pellet therapy candidate. This will be determined at your evaluation.

The administrations process for testosterone pellet therapy is simple and usually takes about 30mins. You can return to normal daily activity but we ask that you limit your exercise for a few days to allow the pellets to full set up.

Usually testosterone pellets will need to be administered 3 times a year.

They are made from wild yams.

Through a small incision in the hip/buttocks are the pellets are placed just under the skin.

Check with your insurance to see if you have coverage. We do not bill insurance so most benefits will likely be covered as out of network provider coverage.

If you live in the area of Portland, including Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Milwaukie, Clackamas, Oregon City, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Hillsboro, Sherwood and Vancouver, and want to feel your best as you age, Dr. Maddox has the knowledge and experience in testosterone replacement therapy to help you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take back control of your health.

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