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Healthy Habits For Graceful Aging – DavidSandstrom.com

Healthy Habits For Graceful Aging

As we pursue an holistic, natural-health lifestyle, a nice side benefit is we’ll experience graceful aging.

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Time waits for nobody. One day we must face the inevitable. Sooner or later we’ll all be pushing up daisies. However, many of the things we’ve come to expect with aging might be common, but they’re not natural…..

Things like dementia, diabetes, or arthritis are not natural at any age. In addition, we’re not designed to spend the last ten years of our lives in assisted living facilities and die at the ripe old age of 78. We’re supposed to be living much fuller, more productive, lives than that.

[callout]The bible declares that maximum life span should be around 120 years. (Genesis 6:3)[/callout]

Are you a flashlight or a candle?

We’ve been conditioned to think of our vitality as a flashlight. In our youth with fresh batteries, the light shines bright. But as we age, the batteries get weaker, and the light (our vitality) starts to fade. Then, gradually the light gets dimmer and dimmer as we develop more and more unpleasant symptoms, until it finally goes out and we die.

I like to think of our vitality as a candle that burns just as bright when it’s short and near the end of its life, as it did when it was tall and first lit. Then, when it’s ready to go out, it flickers a few times and the flame is gone.

We should expect to experience vibrant health and vitality well into our 80s and even 90s, then decline rapidly and die peacefully in our sleep.

Maximum life span

The bible declares that maximum life span should be around 120 years. (Genesis 6:3)
Moses was 120 years old when he died yet his vitality was intact. (Deuteronomy 34:7)

Caleb went to war to take the promise land at 85 years of age. (Joshua 14:10-12) He wasn’t sitting in an air conditioned office flying a drone halfway around the globe via satellite either. He engaged in hand to hand combat with a shield and a sword. Is this what we’ve come to expect from an 85 year old man today?

With that said, I don’t believe expecting to live to 120 is realistic for us today. Our world is much too toxic. Our food supply is too compromised, and our lives are far too stressed. But, we can realistically expect to live productive lives, full of vigor, and vitality well into our golden years.

The Best Anti-Aging Medicine

An holistic, natural-health lifestyle will facilitate graceful aging better than any surgery, cream, or hormone replacement therapy. Follow these recommendations and experience more graceful aging:

  1. Go to bed before 11:00 pm and get adequate rest. Most people need around 8 hours per night.
  2. Eat UN-processed food as close to it’s God-given natural form as possible.
  3. Hydrate adequately. See my post on Smart Hydration.
  4. Move throughout the day. Don’t sit for longer than 20 minutes at a time. If you work at a desk, stand up and stretch frequently throughout the day. Consider an adjustable desk that lets you sit or stand.
  5. Exercise with high intensity interval training 2 to 3 times per week.
  6. Pray and meditate on God’s word regularly. (Psalm 19:7)

We should be expecting much more from our bodies than we typically do today. Our bodies are designed for health, and given a chance, they will heal, and take care of us later in life. By making informed lifestyle choices, we can dramatically extend the amount of time we live productive, vibrant lives. It’s not really about adding years to our lives but adding life to our years.

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