Being a CEO is physically as well as mentally demanding.
Taking care of business also means taking care of your health.
From my 35 years of athletic training and research on nutrition, I’ve culled the 11 easiest ways for a body (your body) to stay healthy. Where possible, I’ve included the additional years of life you’ll enjoy by following these simple steps.
- Floss daily! Dental infections cause inflammation of immune and arterial systems. How important is it? It can add +6.4 years of life.
- Catch your Zzzzzzz’s. Sleep 8-10 hours a night. Your brain’s ability to process information drops precipitously without enough sleep. “Enough” is 8-10 hours. Anything less creates a sleep deficit which means your decision-making ability erodes quickly, ie, you become stupid. (+ 3 years).
- Walk the dog, even if you don’t have one. A simple 20 minute walk provides the biggest ‘bang for the buck’ benefit of almost any physical activity. It’s a physiological bargain. The positive changes to brain and blood chemistry arising from a simple stroll far exceed the effort required. Best done first thing in the morning. (+3.2 years)
- Control carbohydrates. On this issue, the jury is in, the verdict is spoken: uncontrolled carbohydrate consumption makes you fat. Scientists still debate exactly how it happens but not that it happens. Remember, food is the most important drug you will ever take.
- Drink 2-6 litres of water a day. That’s 2-6 litres of water, every 24 hours, in addition to anything else you drink. Thirst is the last sign that your body craves water.
- Vitamin C. Take 3-6 grams per day in divided doses. The benefits of vitamin C are extremely well documented yet many people don’t get enough and your body can’t manufacture it. (+2.5 years)
- Vitamin E. Take 200-400 ius (that’s usually how it’s sold) a day. You won’t get enough in your diet and your body needs it for many cellular processes. Important: buy natural E (d-alpha) not synthetic E (dl-alpha). (+2.8 years)
- Folate daily. Folic acid (or folate) directly combats homocysteine which is a major culprit in cardiovascular disease. Take 400 micrograms. (+ 3 years)
- Take half an aspirin a day. There is suggestive but not conclusive evidence that it keeps arteries unclogged (good!) and blood flowing (very good!). (+1.9 years)
- Bleed a lot! Giving blood regularly depletes the iron that accumulates in a male’s blood. Iron buildup in the blood is a strong predictor of heart problems. So donate to the Red Cross and both you and society will benefit.
- Have sex, lots! Do your own research. (+2-8 years)
How old are you biologically?
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Compiled by Dr.Duff Watkins