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There is an old Guatemalan proverb that states; “Everyone is the
age of their heart”
. This sounds beautiful as a proverb, but in
reality it is not as poetic as it sounds. Through science we as
humans are living longer and longer.  But is living longer really
enough?  What we really want is to live longer as well as, stay
healthy enough to continue doing the things we love. Having good
genes certainly helps, but research suggests that how well you age
depends largely on you and what you do. Research also finds that
it’s never too late to make changes that can help you live not only a
longer life, but a healthier one as well.
Having a young mind also helps keep the body young.  I love the
Bible verse that says “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”   What
we think about and believe deeply is truly what we are.  If we deeply
believe we are old, then our body will start to feel old.  If we believe
deeply that we are young and vital, then our body will follow suit and
we will feel more vitality and youth.  Of course thinking young is just
one of the many steps you can take to promote and look after your
future health.
Staying young secrets have been the subject of many a book,
documentary and web sites, mostly because we all fear aging. In
many societies the aged are discarded in homes and become
increasingly frail and senile. Do you want to end up like this?  
Luckily you don’t have to as this site is packed with staying young
secrets that will put you on a new healthier path. It is entirely
possible to remain energetic, quick minded and healthy well into
I’ll let you in on a little secret.  It’s NEVER too late.  NEVER too late to start living the best life you possibly can and
stay healthy. All you need is a simple, straight-forward approach of stopping, or even turning back, the clock. Enjoy!!
Staying Well Secrets
Eat A Rainbow.  You need fewer calories when you age, so choose nutrient-rich foods like brightly colored fruits
and vegetables.  Eat a range of colors; the more varied, the wider the range of nutrients you’re likely to get. Aim to
include two servings of rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet, at least once a week. Try to limit red
meat and whole-fat dairy products. And always choose whole grains over the refined stuff.  Nutrition is actually
quite simple and if you eat the right foods you also save on your grocery bill and maybe you might lose some of
that unnecessary weight at the same time. The truth is you will feel better if you maintain a healthy eating protocol,
and your body will last a lot longer.
Drink Plenty Of Clear, Filtered Water Daily.  The human body is 50-80% water. Every life giving and healing
process that happens inside your body... happens with water. Dehydration of as little as two percent loss of body
weight results in impaired physiological responses and performance. 75-80 percent of people suffer energy loss
due to minor dehydration which is a common cause of daytime fatigue.  We recommend a minimum of 85 to 90
ounces of water a day for all adults.
Sleep Well.  Not getting enough sleep has been linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure and other serious
health problems. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends that adults get eight to eight and a
half hours of sleep each night for optimum health. If your bed or pillow is not comfortable and getting in the way of
a good night sleep, maybe it is time to invest in a new one.  A good night sleep is a great investment in your
health.
Maintain Flexibility, Strength, And Endurance.  You should be able to maintain flexibility, core strength, and
endurance.  This does not mean you have to run a marathon but you should be able to do 20 to 30 minutes of
cardiovascular exercise without needing a respirator at the end of the session.  If you have good cardio, flexibility,
and strength, and maintain the correct weight for your age and body type you are going to be healthy for a while.  If
you feel this is too big to tackle on your own, your chiropractor is qualified and capable of providing you with a
healthy starting point and then guiding you on your way to building improved flexibility, strength, and endurance.
Exercise Properly.  A lot of people exercise but they fail to do it properly which results in injury and lack of
motivation due to inability to achieve fitness goals.  This is why it is important to see a professional.  A lot of
people get caught up in ‘I have to do my cardio’ and just stick with that.  Cardio refers to the body’s demand for
oxygen. Instead you have to vary different exercises instead of doing the same thing all the time. The body has to
be challenged by varying intensity otherwise the body will get used to the activity. You have to confuse the body by
doing different exercises. It is also necessary to do things faithfully and with good form. If you don’t know what
good form is, see a professional. If you don’t want a trainer, at least go see a chiropractic professional for an
evaluation and get a program that is customized to suit your current health and fitness level.
Walk to a healthy life.  Walking as little as 30 minutes, 3-times a week can help you stay physically fit and
mentally sharp, strengthen your bones, lift your spirits, and lower your risk of falls. That’s important because falls
are a leading cause of fractures, other serious injuries, and death among older adults. Slowly but steadily, try to
include bicycling, dancing, and jogging in your daily activities, because they are good weight-bearing exercises
that can help strengthen your bones. In addition to exercising, get plenty of bone-healthy calcium and vitamin D
daily.
Don’t Let The Brain Cells Die.  Nothing works wonder for an aging mind than a good game of chess. In almost all
movies residents of senior living centers are always shown playing chess or checkers.  Apart from killing time,
conquering your adversary in a strategy game, helps keep your brain sharp, studies suggest. Chess is just one
option; joining a discussion club, learning a new language, and engaging in social give-and-take with other
people will keep you and your mind sharp.
Reduce Stress And Release Negative Emotions.  The idea of interactions between the mind and the immune
system has been proved by research called psychoneuroimmunology.  It’s true; the mind and emotions play a
role in many diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, and autoimmune
disease. Realistically, there will always be times when you fall prey to negative emotions. You can train yourself to
recognize these feelings and address them, before they hijack you and take your health prisoner. Meditate or
simply take some time out to deal with stress. Treat yourself to some energy healing to release negative
emotions impacting your life.
Laugh Out Loud.  Seems simple but it is actually a lot more complicated than you might imagine.  Scientists are
just beginning to discover the many ways laughter works as a positive force in human health.  Research
indicates health benefits of laughter are far-ranging and include helping relieve pain, bringing greater happiness,
and even increasing immunity. Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones, provides physical and emotional
release, gives us an internal workout, distracts us from anger, guilt and stress, gives us a more positive
perspective and has great social benefits by helping to connect us with others.
Love.  Believe it or not, love has a number of surprising health benefits; lower stress, better brain health and
longer life.  All are linked to loving relations. Besides, it just feels good to love and be loved. The simple impact of
a hug can stimulate higher levels of oxytocin, a hormone sometimes known as the cuddle chemical. Scientists
believe marriage or cohabiting helps ward off mental decline and is linked to a lower risk for cognitive
impairment.  Similar studies show that even loving a pet can lead to a longer, healthier life.
The Mayonnaise Jar
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember
the mayonnaise jar.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.  When the class began,
wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.  He then
asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly.  The
pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.  He then asked the students again if the jar was full.  
They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up everything
else.  He asked once more if the jar was full.  The students responded with a unanimous “yes".
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar,
effectively filling the empty space between the sand.  The students laughed.
“Now”, said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ”I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.  The
golf balls are the important things – your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite
passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles
are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.  The sand is everything else – the small
stuff."
“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.  The same
goes for life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that
are important to you.  Pay attention to the things that are critical to your health and happiness.  Play with your
children.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your partner out to dinner.  Play another 18.  There will always
be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.  Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter.  Set
your priorities.  The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled.  “I’m glad
you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple
of cups of coffee with a friend.”  That really puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
So many people spend their health gaining wealth and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.”
           - -  A. J. Reb Materi  - -
Spirituality.  Last, but certainly not least, make yourself and your life more spiritual; however that may translate to
you.  Spiritual practices, including meditation, prayer and contemplation, are intended to develop an individual's
inner life.  It will keep you younger mentally, physically and of course spiritually.  To be spiritual is to pursue the
intuition that the universe and human brain are such that humans can potentially live in harmony and contentment
with the world and each other.  Spirituality is often experienced as a source of inspiration or orientation in life.
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your nineties with a little extra effort.  It’s worth it, so please take the time to review our staying well secrets and
read the “Mayonnaise Jar” story that follows.  When you are done reading the story I think you will realize how
often we let life get in the way of life.
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