Health Column - February/March 24
The Mind Rewind
In the words of the eternally youthful Cher, we all occasionally want to ‘turn back time’. Yet while such cosmological feats remain unavailable to us mere mortals, there are things we can do to slow down the ageing process and revitalise our brains.
It has been proven that those who have purpose in their lives live longer.
Injecting your everyday with drive in pursuit of achieving a goal – whether it's a career objective, a personal development goal, or a commitment to a cause – is a profound and transformative journey that can lead to greater fulfilment, happiness, and a sense of direction.
Stay in touch
Numerous studies have demonstrated a disturbing connection between social isolation and a myriad of adverse health outcomes.
They show individuals who experience social isolation are at an increased risk of various health problems, including higher blood pressure, decreased resistance to infection, accelerated cognitive decline, and higher rates of depression, dementia, heart disease and cancer.
So whether it’s attending a local coffee morning, making a weekly phone call to a faraway family member, or just chatting to your neighbour, social interaction is vital.
Expand your horizons
Reading more books (or listening to them) is an excellent and easy way to boost our brains. A study conducted by the Yale University School of Public Health has revealed that individuals who engage in regular book reading tend to enjoy a longer lifespan, extending their lives by approximately two years when compared to those who do not read.
Get your beauty sleep
Sleep is essential for our overall health, and lack of it leads to accelerated ageing of brain cells.
Aim for at least six-and-a-half hours and if you’re struggling to hit this consider where the problems lie: perhaps your bedroom is too hot or drinking caffeine too late in the day is making you restless.
Take a cold shower
Cold water encourages cell regeneration, promoting overall health and a longer life. Furthermore, it enhances blood circulation by alternating between constricting and dilating blood vessels, providing a workout for your heart and bolstering the vitality of your mitochondria - the energy generators within your cells. Consequently, cold water proves to be a remarkable overall health booster.
Research conducted at the University of California has revealed that spending 10 hours per day in a seated position accelerates the aging of your cells, effectively advancing your ‘biological age’ by eight years.
Conversely, aiming for 10,000 steps a day has been proven to reduce body fat and increase oxygen intake, meaning better heath gets closer with every step you take.