How to Fight for Your Longevity During a Pandemic
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
I hope you treated yourself to something healthy over the weekend.
On Saturday, I drove up north to visit my grandfather who has dementia. (I used the best safety precautions, of course.)
When I looked at him, I noticed something strange. He looked 10 years younger.
His skin was blemish-free. He had no bald spots in sight. He still had all of his teeth. He looked downright incredible.
Did his diet drastically change? Did he start a new exercise routine? Or did he try a new skin cream?
No. He did none of that…
My grandfather shaved 10 years off his appearance by doing something simple. It requires no medicine. It’s easily accessible.
In fact, you can grab access to it as soon as you finish reading today’s Monday roundup.
Best of all, it’s backed by the researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital…
The key to living a long, fulfilled life (especially in a pandemic) is to be happy.
But there’s more to it...
Just days ago, Massachusetts General Hospital released its study of 100 modifiable factors for depression.
Karmel Choi, Ph.D., investigator in the Department of Psychiatry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and lead author of the paper, says:
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, but until now researchers have focused on only a handful of risk and protective factors, often in just one or two domains.
Dr. Choi calls this study “the most comprehensive picture to date of modifiable factors that could impact depression risk.”
And of all the 100 modifiable factors reviewed in the study… the doctors determined one as the strongest protective factor: social connection.
The team also suggested that cutting back on daytime napping and sedentary activities like watching TV can cut down on the risk of depression too.
This study is important to you and me because previous studies have linked depression to many physical ailments like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and kidney disease.
For this study, they took a very unique two-step approach.
And I truly believe that this all ties in with what I saw on my grandfather’s face this weekend… He looked 10 years younger because all of his worries were gone.
He either can’t remember what it was that used to stress him or he is just so happy because he is surrounded by support and love. You should see the way his face lights up when we FaceTime him or visit in person…
The same applies to any of us. Depression levels are at an all-time high. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just reported that one out of four young adults have contemplated suicide during this pandemic.
What we all need right now as we pursue longevity and health is to keep our hearts happy and content.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ