The best way to age well is to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are in your thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, or older, there is no better time than now to make small, impactful changes. We are indebted to Western medicine for extending our lives in innumerable ways. But if we don’t couple prescription medications and radical interventions with good day-to-day practices, our long lives will have no quality. We want to not only age, but to age well. We want to feel energetic, get sick rarely, be able to think clearly, walk far distances, play hard, and work as long as we choose to.
Adopting the habits of a healthy lifestyle is critical for happy longevity. A few of our favorite self-care practices right now are drinking bone broth every morning, doing yoga, getting together with friends often, balancing work with family life, and drinking green tea.
Green tea contains high levels of polyphenols, which are antioxidants. These may be beneficial in fighting the bodily chemicals called oxidants, which are produced by cells as they do their work but which may lead to cardiovascular disease. (Black and oolong teas also contain polyphenols, but they are processed through fermentation which reduces the concentration of polyphenols.) There is also a correlation between green tea consumption and a reduced risk of diabetes. That makes sense to us because we know that polyphenols help to regulate blood sugar. We are keeping a close eye on the increasing evidence from long-term studies being conducted.
A Japanese researcher has reported data to suggest that drinking two to three cups of green tea daily may reduce the risk of stroke by 14 percent. If you can get that up to four cups a day, you may reduce the risk by 20 percent. Those are numbers we can get behind. It’s easy to replace a carbonated beverage or a coffee with hot or iced green tea. It’s a daily ritual that can help us become more centered and mindful. This is exactly the type of lifestyle change that adds productive, fulfilling years to your life.
If you have time to review your social media in the morning, you have time to sip a mug of green tea and breathe deeply. Take it to your happy place, wherever that may be, and enjoy it by itself, or as part of a wholesome breakfast, such as yogurt and fruit or steel cut oats. The more you make these simple choices the more you will want to alter your daily habits for the better. Green tea is a great gateway to other positive paths to total wellness.
We have the strategies you need to live a long and healthful life. Contact Evolved Medical for a free consultation on aging well.