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TIP OF THE WEEK

Better Your Life With These 3 Tips

1 – Drink Coffee?

Coffee, the mysterious dark substance that seems to have more healthy properties than we know. One of the debates that has been seesawing for decades: the more coffee you drink, the better off you are. In fact, the more you drink, the longer you may live.

In a 2012 mortality study of 400,000 people printed in The New England Journal of Medicine, coffee drinkers had between 6 and 16 percent fewer deaths. Likewise, in a Japanese study printed in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, coffee drinkers were 24 percent less likely to die during a 19-year follow-up. Other ailments positively affected by drinking coffee include liver cancers, fatty livers, alcoholic liver disease, heart disease, stroke, depression, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

2 – Keep Testosterone Levels High

Low T-levels coincide with a higher death rate. It’s also associated with high body fat percentage.

You don’t necessarily have to be a rocket scientist to know that testosterone plays a huge role in muscle size, strength, libido, energy, and keeping body fat low. That set aside, high testosterone is also important to just plain staying alive.

Low testosterone levels correlate strongly with:

  • Higher risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Narrowing of carotid arteries
  • Abnormal EKG
  • More frequent congestive heart failure
  • Increased incidence of angina
  • Increased body mass index
  • Type II diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Insulin resistance
  • Higher death rate from all causes, including cardiac mortality

One study involving 858 male service veterans found that low testosterone individuals had an 88 percent greater chance of dying, for any reason, even after variables like age, other illnesses, and body mass index were accounted for.

3 – An Aspirin a day…

Everyone (I hope!) knows about aspirin and heart attacks. For people over 50, sure, taking a baby aspirin (83 mg.) a day leads to a 22% reduction in heart attacks and anywhere from a 25% to an 80% reduction in strokes.

However, that might not be the best reason to take Aspirin, particularly if you’re in your 40’s, 30’s or even your 20’s.  Research has shown, Aspirin, is a mild respiratory uncoupler, which can explain some of its mysterious effects on health. Uncoupling, is a cellular process that enables a constant flow of electrons down the respiratory chain (i.e., ATP production) in the little energy producing mitochondria. This process restricts (but doesn’t shut off) the flow of free radicals, thus theoretically improving health, extending lifespan, and even burning fat. Shutting off free radical production entirely, as you might do when “overdosing” on antioxidants, might cause the cell to die, which is against the whole point of taking anti-oxidants. So, respiratory uncoupling, as accomplished by aspirin, is good.

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