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Positive thinking can be the secret to Healthy Ageing

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  • Think positive- the secret of living
  • One should have a proper motto towards his/her life .
  • Negative minded people die 6-7 years early than the happy ones.

Ageism is the tendency to evaluate older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment. Ageing is all about life and death . It’s about how you perceive your thoughts. They say life is a long journey. Well, let’s make it a bit longer.

Becca Levy (Research professor of epidemiology and phycology at Yale School of Public and Health) said: “it depends on how much a given individual takes those negative ideas to heart.” She observed a disjoint set of people who were in their late middle age. There was a difference of opinion among people. Some considered aging as a natural phenomenon and though it as becoming more experienced and wise. The others considered aging as becoming older people who are weak and dependent. There was a significant difference in lifespan between the former and the latter ones. While the latter died 7 years before former lived 7 and half years more.

This doesn’t mean that thinking positively and being a couch potato will keep you alive for more years. Our mind and body are way more interconnected than our imaginations. Studies have shown that people with positive mindset are more likely to recover from major health setbacks. While people having no major impairment but did had a negative mindset are likely to later develop the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s diseases. More their thoughts degrade lesser their lifespan becomes.

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Old people with no positive attitude, Wikimedia commons

One can idolize 95-year-old Jim Shute of Medford, Ore. His daily routine comprises of waking up at 6.30 am followed by reading a local newspaper. After having breakfast he makes a check on his garden’s irrigation system. In his spare time, he also goes fishing, refinishes furniture.

Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist and behavioural scientist in Chicago tells that It’s not necessary to do all those things but to live a contempt life and having a purpose for life is good enough to achieve health dividends. It gives a sense of accomplishment.

These positive minded people are substantially less prone to strokes and disability. One shouldn’t assume that he/she is useless. Have a motive, change your attitude towards life and good things will along our way.

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-by Pritam. Pritam is an engineering student and an intern at Newsgram . Twitter handle-  Pritam_gogreen

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  • devika todi

    i have heard that a positive mind leads to a positive life. it should say that a positive mind leads to a longer, healthier and positive life!

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Natural Choices to Combat Ageing

Accelerating ageing is affected by the following:

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Natural Choices to Combat Ageing
Natural Choices to Combat Ageing. Pixabay

Ageing begins from when a child is born. However, there are other factors that can lead to premature ageing, including the usage of incorrect skincare products and gorging on unhealthy foods. One can achieve a perfect skin by including turmeric, ginger and green leafy vegetables in the food intake, says an expert.

Speaking at the Anti-Ageing Health and Beauty show, held at the London Olympia this past weekend, Geraldine McCulgan of the College of Naturopathic Medicine said: “What you eat today… you wear tomorrow.”

The beauty therapist shared some helpful tips on natural choices for anti-ageing and the small changes that one can effect in one’s lifestyle to help slow down ageing.

Accelerating ageing is affected by the following:

* Glycation – the process of sugar and it affects joints

* Inflammation

* Lack of nutrients

* Overload of toxins

* Free radical damages

* Stress

* Loss of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) which regulates cellular energy

* Lack of oil and water

So if you want to slow down ageing, McCulgan recommends following a diet made up of whole grains, vegetables, legumes, mild-sweet and non-sweet fruits. One can also try the following things:

Avoid refined sugar
Avoid refined sugar. Pixabay

* Avoid refined sugar

* Eat protein with every meal

* Swap refined sugar products with wholegrain alternatives

* Eat plenty of fibre rich vegetables

* Include cinnamon – lowers blood sugar levels

* Consult the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale – which identifies the anti-oxidants in foods

Also Read: Go Makeup Free Once a Week to Delay Ageing

Inflammation is behind many degenerative diseases, so here we have some advice from Geraldine on how to reduce it:

* Eat organic

* Turmeric

* Ginger

* Green leafy vegetables

* Fermented foods

* Acid/Alkaline balancing

* Omega 3 fatty acids (Bollywood Country)

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