3 Secrets to Living Longer

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I recently read the book The Blue Zones: 9 lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.

Author Dan Buettner surveyed “centenarians,” or people who lived to be 100, and he was able to find their secret to longevity. He found 9 common factors all which center around diet, exercise, emotions and overall lifestyle.

I want to emphasize 3 factors that stood out for me:

  1. Eat less. Compare 1950s food portions to today’s portions. Now compare 1950 body sizes to today’s. Enough said.
  2. Stay social. If your Facebook friends support healthy behavior, then Facebook is a great way to stay social. If your friends are negative Nellys…well, remember, you are the average of your 5 closest friends when it comes to style, finances and health. Are your friends bringing you down? Or are you improving the average of your friends?
  3. Have a purpose in life. Do you have a reason for waking up in the morning? If not, time to find your reason. Don’t settle for average. It actually lowers your life span.

Most of us know about the benefits of improving your diet and exercise routine (although many of us don’t follow through!). However, I was most surprised about the social aspect and having a purpose in life that was discussed in the book.

So I take those topics to heart. To actually calculate your life expectancy, check out the Blue Zones app, which acts as a “Vitality Compass” or life gauge. It is not an exact science but does comparisons to the “average Joe” in regards to our happiness factor and how it influences our health.

Remember, it’s not just doing a few of the factors found in the Blue Zone that can extend our life. It’s a comprehensive combination of many factors and doing them daily.

Read The Blue Zones book, or go to that site and let us know what your calculated age is!

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About Dr. Michael Corsilles

Michael began practicing naturopathic medicine in 2003 after receiving his medical training at Bastyr University, an internationally recognized leader in natural medicine. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct profession of primary health care, emphasizing promotion of optimal health through the use of nutrients, herbs, physical medicine, and homeopathy. Michael recognized the need to integrate naturopathic medicine with conventional medicine so obtained a Physician Assistant certification from the University of Washington. There is an increasing demand for integrated healthcare, and as a naturopathic physician and a physician assistant, Michael can merge both types of medicine to provide a well-rounded plan of care to my patients. Michael chose medicine as a career because he truly enjoy interacting with people and sharing life experiences. A visit to your health care provider should not only be about treating disease, but also about promoting a healthy lifestyle. Michael trys to foster a mutually respectful relationship with each patient to promote a team approach to medicine.

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