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9 Ways Walking Saves Lives

My 2nd favorite form of exercise!  JT

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:06 AM

It’s easy to underestimate how much walking can do for your health and overall outlook on life. Just 20 to 25 minutes of walking per week can extend your life by several years. On the flipside, not being active for a week has about the same harmful health effects as smoking a pack of cigarettes.

Bob Sallis, MD, a family physician and sports medicine expert at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, routinely prescribes walking for his patients. And, he is an advisor to an online educational campaign to get America moving: Every Body Walk! ( http://www.everybodywalk.org)

Sallis points out that regular walking does more for your health than losing 20 pounds by diet alone and being inactive. (This doesn’t make walking a substitute for controlling portions and eating healthy foods).

How to Benefit

The big benefits come from walking for 150 minutes a week, or 30 minutes a day, five days per week. And these, says Sallis, are some of the ways such a regimen can save your life:

1. Halves the risk of heart disease by strengthening the heart muscle, reducing stress, improving the health of blood vessels, and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. As an example, a single 30-minute walk can reduce blood pressure by five points for over 20 hours.

2. Reduces depression and anxiety by increasing production of endorphins — natural feel-good chemicals — and regenerating neurons (brain cells).

3. Lowers the odds of memory loss and dementia.

4. Reduces the risk of developing and dying from some cancers. Prostate cancer patients who walk 90 minutes per week are almost half as likely to die. Women who walk regularly are 31 percent less likely to develop colon cancer than those who exercise less than one hour per week. And, for women recovering from breast cancer, regular walking reduces the risk of recurrence and death by about 50 percent.

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A genuine ‘elixir of life’ – at least for mice A genuine “elixir of life” that can hold death at bay has been discovered by scientists

The cocktail of amino acids – building blocks of proteins – was found to increase the lifespan of mice by 12 per cent.

Researchers believe it may also benefit humans, especially the elderly or sick.

In laboratory experiments, middle-aged male healthy mice were given drinking water laced with three specific amino acids.

The animals lived significantly longer than other mice fed a normal diet.

Their lifespan range had a midpoint of 869 days compared with 774 days for untreated mice, a difference of 12 per cent.

Longer survival was accompanied by biological changes which boosted the energy supply to cells and reduced oxidative damage caused by destructive molecules called free radicals.

The treated mice had more stamina and improved muscle co-ordination.

“This is the first demonstration that an amino acid mixture can increase survival in mice,” said study leader Dr Enzo Nisoli, from the University of Milan in Italy.

Last year scientists showed that the same amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine, could extend the lifespan of single-celled yeast.

The new findings, reported in the journal Cell Metabolism, raise the possibility of amino acid supplements benefiting humans.

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Omega-3 fats DHA and EPA lower risk of premature death by more than eighty percent

(NaturalNews) Many people make the potentially fatal presumption that aging, chronic diseases and premature aging are natural events that come with advancing years. A plethora of current research studies confirm that nothing could be farther from the truth. In addition to super-nutrient (such as resveratrol, curcumin and vitamin D) optimization, researchers publishing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Clinical Cardiology provide documented evidence that beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids from dietary sources and supplementation slash the overall risk of an early death. The long-chain fats DHA and EPA elicit a profound effect on the heart and brain to ameliorate chronic diseases that bring an early demise to millions of unsuspecting individuals each year.

Health-minded individuals today are used to hearing about the myriad of benefits associated with eating fish and supplementing with Omega-3 fats. A wealth of peer-reviewed studies provide solid evidence that the DHA and EPA fatty acids help to prevent heart disease and sudden death from a heart attack, lower depression incidence and reduce stroke and dementia risks as well. New research shows that optimal Omega-3 blood levels lower the risk of dying from all causes by 85% in high risk patients, who had suffered a prior heart attack.

Omega-3 Fat Supplementation Slashes Risk of All-Cause Mortality in Half

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