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Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/02/459970110/keep-things-simple-for-a-healthy-long-life

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Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life
I'm often asked for medical advice by friends, family members, even new acquaintances: What about this diet? What should I do about this symptom? What about this medication? People are usually disappointed when I don't share their enthusiasm about the latest health fads. Members of my family, in particular, are often underwhelmed by my medical advice.

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There are no shortcuts to a healthy life

There are no shortcuts to a healthy life

You have to work on yourself:

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Move your body throughout the day.
  • Eat well — a healthy assortment of foods. Mostly plants, and not too much.
  • Interact socially. Isolation is not good for the body, soul or mind.
  • Take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for.

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Sleep Hygiene

Objective: Get plenty of restorative deep and REM sleep on a regular basis.

Key tactics

  • Measure the stages of your sleep
  • Block blue light 3-4 hours before sleep
  • Have your bedroom dark and humid
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Optimal nutrition

Objectives: Minimize insulin levels, maximize glucose disposal, optimize various growth factors towards things we want (e.g. muscle) and away from what we don’t want (e.g. cancer).

Key tactics:

  • Do not eat sugar in any form. Sugar is poison
  • Do not eat processed foods. Eat natural food instead
  • Do not eat cheap industrially-farmed animal products
  • Eat mostly plants
  • Eat organic when possible, especially when discussing animal products
  • Try keto diet.

Probiotics

Probiotics

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There are dozens of different probiotic bacteria that are good for us. The two common groups are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

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