I am going to go out on a limb today and say that most of us don’t want a visit from the grim reaper anytime soon.
As a matter of fact, I suspect what the majority of people would say when asked what’s most important to them is good health and a long life!
Well, that’s certainly what our bodies were designed to achieve. Nature did not intend for you to be diseased, medicated, and overweight, and pass at an early age.
Unfortunately, many factors along the way can undermine your body’s innate ability to maintain a good state of health, and instead lead to sickness and dying way before your time.
But the good news is when you support your body’s efforts to do what it was designed to do, you dramatically improve your chances of living ALL of your days free of pain and disease well into the golden years!
And one of the most important things you can do is…
Get enough “longevity nutrients”
While ALL nutrients play an important role in your body, research conducted by Dr. Bruce Ames of the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute in Oakland, CA and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that there are actually two distinct kinds of nutrients—survival nutrients and longevity nutrients.
Survival nutrients, as their name implies, support your body’s basic processes of survival and reproduction.
Longevity nutrients, on the other hand, are the nutrients which are aimed at encouraging the body’s efforts to remain healthy and free of disease and live for an extended period of time!
The key superstars
Although the researchers identified 30 nutrients that help sustain longevity, the key superstars are: Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and selenium.
The researchers stressed that these nutrients play many essential roles in the body, including repairing DNA, maintaining cardiovascular health, supporting the immune system and preventing cellular damage due to oxidative stress.
Dr. Ames explained, "The prevention of the degenerative diseases of aging is a different science than curing disease; it will involve expertise in metabolism, nutrition and biochemistry…"
How refreshing! Finally, someone who wants to focus on true prevention and not just disease management.
Other helpful compounds
In addition to the nutrients mentioned above, Dr. Ames and his crew identified other helpful compounds and phytonutrients that although not currently considered as "vitamins," they fit in with the concept of "longevity nutrients" as described in their review.
These include lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene.
Is your body getting enough?
Now the next logical question is: Are you getting enough of these longevity nutrients?
Well, chances are good that you may be lacking.
First of all, deficiencies in both Vitamin D and Omega-3 fats are rampant in our society. Many of us are lacking Vitamin D due limited time in the sun and sunscreen use.
And our diets do not provide the Omega-3 essential fatty acids that they used to! The animals raised for our consumption used to be pasture fed, which provided a rich source of Omega-3 fats, and we would in turn get those fats when we ate the meat, milk, and eggs from the animals.
Now these animals are fed a grain-based diet (many times GMO grains to boot!) which not only DON’T provide Omega-3 fats, but also instead load our bodies with inflammatory Omega-6 fats!
Also working against us is the fact that our food is simply not as nutritious as it used to be due to bioengineering of crops and poor soil quality.
Cover your bases!
To ensure that your body has what it needs not just for today but for the “long haul,” supplementation is the best way to ensure you have all bases covered!
Our very own outstanding Super Core multi-vitamin and mineral formula provides healthful, therapeutic doses of Vitamin D, Vitamin K, magnesium and selenium.
Plus, Super Core also includes the helpful compounds lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene identified by the researchers!
And when it comes to Omega-3 essential fatty acids, VitalMega-3 fish oil formula is the way to go!
Every daily 2-capsule dose provides a soothing 1,200 mg of pure, molecularly distilled, inflammation-fighting Omega-3 EFAs, including the crucial EPA and DHA that your brain and nervous system must have.
Now, just because you can easily supplement and load up your body with longevity nutrients, that is not a green light to throw smart, health-supporting habits to the wind!
First, no supplements in the WORLD can undo the harmful effects of a poor diet. Having a nutrient-poor diet of processed food, fast food and refined carbs and sugars does irreparable damage to your body’s cells, tissues, and organs.
To the point where it’s not “if” but merely “when” will you get sick.
Do your precious body a favor. Feed it what it needs to survive and thrive—fresh vegetables and fruits, meats, poultry and eggs (preferably organic), wild-caught fish, healthy fats like real butter, olive oil and coconut oil, nuts and seeds.
Also, work in some form of regular exercise. Our bodies were designed to move, and the less yours does so, the more likely it is that you will gain weight and get sick.
You don’t have to get fancy—even brisk walking is helpful, and just about anyone can do that.
Try to keep stress low. Stress causes harmful changes to the lining of your gut, where 80 percent of your immune system resides. Your immune system not only protects you against infections and viruses (including COVID), but also cancer! Keep in mind that regular exercise is a very effective stress reducer.
Lastly, make sure you are getting enough sleep. The average person needs between 7-9 hours of sleep each night, so if you are getting less than that, time to hit the hay earlier.
Now you’re on a REAL path to a long, healthy, disease-free life!
I can’t think of anything more important.
To your health,