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Key Takeaways High neuronal activity levels have been linked to a shorter lifespan.Lower levels of brain activity have been, conversely, associated with increased longevity.This association has been confirmed in several different organisms including worms, mice, and humans.The REST gene is a major regulator of neuronal excitability that prevents excess activity in the neurons. Evidence indicates that people who managed to reach the age of 85 and beyond have a much more active REST gene than…

Key Takeaways Grounding or earthing is the act of being in direct contact with the earth’s surface, regardless of its material (for example, it may be dirt, grass, or concrete) or one’s pose (standing, sitting, lying, etc.)During grounding, the body reaches the same electrical potential as the earth due to the electrons it receives from its surface. In a sense, grounding allows to electrically reconnect with the earth.Regular grounding promotes healthy physiological changes that are…

Key Takeaways General stress and socio-economic issues increase one’s risk for many diseases and mortality. Scientists don’t know the exact mechanism yetOne possible explanation could be cellular aging due to stress, with resulting impairment in cell and tissue functionIn this animal study, mice subjected to lifelong chronic psychosocial stress developed several health issues associated with cell aging. This association suggests that stress may, indeed, increase the risk of disease and reduce life expectancy Actions to…

Key Takeaways Your genetic information is stored in genes, which are bundled tightly into chromosomes that are stored in every cell’s nucleus. The end fragments of each chromosome are called telomeres. Their primary function is to protect the genetic information in the chromosomes from instability.With each cell division, part of the telomere is lost. When a telomere’s length becomes critically short, its cell dies via apoptosis (programmed cell death)There is a clear link between short…

Key Takeaways Cold temperatures increase lifespan by 10-20% in animal studiesThe life-extending effect of cold environments is caused by an activation of specific longevity genesThis relationship is an example of hormesis—paradoxical adaptation in which an organism lives longer in unfavorable life conditions Actions to Consider A cold environment could promote your longevity. Embrace cold showers, try a Cryotherapy chamber, go for a walk in brisk weather, or trade the beach for a ski trip!Not a…

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the US and an estimated one-third of the North American adult population struggles with anxiety at one point in their lives. This is an increasingly problematic epidemic that could have a very simple answer. The origins of the emotion tie back to the earliest days of humanity when the approach of predators and life-threatening dangers were common occurrences. When faced with these potentially harmful triggers, physical…

F R A M E W O R K (the what) Manage and minimize stressMaintain stable, nonreactive moodsExperience regular transcendence Maintain an open curiosity and hunger for knowledgeChallenge the mind and body to endure periodic discomfort Reduce the effect of ego on thinking and actions M Y R E C I P E (the how) Meditate for 20 minutes every morning, ideally in the sunWrite and/or journal dailyRead books across industries and topicsDiscover a creative outlet you…