I heard Dr. Micheal Roizen a few weeks back at a conference who gave a very positive and informative lecture. Dr. Roizen is the co-author with Dr. Memhet Oz of You on a Diet, besides authoring multiple other books and being the former editor of six major medical journals. He is now chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic and spoke of all the amazing changes he has put into place while being there including having a farmer’s market and garden on site, making smoking off limits within the medical complex and ridding all hospital menus and vending machines of products containing trans fat.
Dr. Roizen stated 4 things can control your Real Age – the age your body thinks it is – rather than what your genes are coded to be. The 4 things include tobacco, food choices and portion sizes, physical activity and stress. If these 4 things are modified to health you can actually CHANGE your genes and your family history. In fact, when changes are implemented your genes actually sense you are making a change within 2 weeks before your body makes changes.
Therefore, eating a healthy diet full of real unprocessed foods combined with regular activity, controlling stress as much as possible and not smoking can change your genes, lower your real age, decrease disease and increase longevity. He believes if these changes are implemented people will start to live to be 120-150 years old. This is great news! Reasonable lifestyle changes make a huge difference in living longer healthier lives and may be simpler than you think.
Start by trying to buy foods on the periphery of the grocery store, walking half an hour a day and doing 5-10 minutes of stretching. Sleep 15 minutes more. The next week add one more reasonable change and soon you will see how much more energy and vitality you have. The small changes will soon pay a large dividend – better odds than the current stock market.