The Complete Guide To Live Healthily
Published by Dr. Venn-Watson
Dr. Eric Venn-Watson’s Highlights
- As we age, our cells start to lose some of their functionality, which is what ultimately leads us to feel old.
- In order to stay healthy, investing in ourselves by eating a well-balanced diet, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and caring for our mental state can help us stay healthy in the long run.
- We can also invest in the health of our cells but giving them C15:0, the fatty acid that they need to help balance and support your cells.
Even if you don’t get sick that often, chances are you may not always feel your best. Especially as we age, feeling good “like we used to” seems harder and harder to achieve. Maybe it’s lack of sleep. Maybe it’s our diet. Maybe it’s our work, our jobs, our kids. Sometimes, it’s difficult to even label the problem, so fixing it can be hard.
If you’re not feeling as good as you used to, it’s probably a little combination of everything listed above. As we age, our bodies begin to decline, and it starts on a cellular level. Our cells get older, just like we get do.
Aging cells become more fragile, experience mitochondrial sluggishness, and lose some of their function. Because we’re made up entirely of cells (trillions of them), this is why we feel the effects of aging.
When our cells begin to age, we begin to age. And the more things we do that cause our cells to age prematurely, the older we will feel.
In order to properly preserve our health and and stay healthy for as long as possible, we have to constantly fight a barrage of external and internal factors that can stress our cells, including:
- Environmental factors
- Improper diet
- Sun exposure
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of physical activity
While aging is typically viewed in a negative light, aging should be awesome. When we are older, we are more likely to have the time to do the things we love to do. Unfortunately, with the wisdom and freedom of aging come the physical degradation of our bodies. If you’re concerned about aging as healthfully as possible, we can help. There are things you can do to ensure you stay as healthy as possible, for as long as possible, and some of them might surprise you.
We’ve got your complete guide for staying healthy in 10 easy steps.
#1: Invest in Your Cellular Health
Supplement options are numerous and hard to navigate if you are simply looking for one that contributes to your overall health and wellness. You can opt for a regular multivitamin, especially if you are not getting these vitamins through your routine diet. You can also consider taking something that specifically targets key hallmarks of aging and helps you age on your own terms by supporting your health at a cellular level.*†
Fatty15 is the first and only supplement of its kind that can help support a healthier, more resilient version of yourself by giving your body what it needs where it needs it: your cells.*†
Fatty15 is made of C15:0 (also called pentadecanoic acid), a trace fatty acid present in butter, whole fat dairy products, and some fish and plants. A growing body of evidence supports C15:0 is the first essential fatty acid to be discovered in 90 years.†
Science supports that Fatty15 helps support your cells by:*†
- Armoring your cell membranes, keeping them healthy and strong
- Restoring mitochondrial function
- Balancing cellular homeostasis, including balancing your immunity
- Promoting healthy metabolism to help you maintain healthy glucose and cholesterol levels
- Supporting liver health
Fatty15 is a once daily supplement that contains only FA15™, the pure powder form of C15:0, with no other ingredients or fillers. Fatty15 is vegan-friendly and sustainable, right down to the refillable glass jar and bamboo cap.
With such a simple way to stay healthy, incorporating fatty15 into your wellness regimen can provide long-term cellular health benefits in just one small, easy to swallow capsule a day.*†
#2: Get Physical
Maybe you’ve heard it from your doctor: “You need to increase your physical exercise.” Gym junkie or not, we all need at least 30 minutes of heart pounding exercise about five days a week.
Additionally, you should strive to get in some light to moderate weight training at least three times a week to help keep your muscles conditioned, keep your bones strong, and improve your overall mobility. Above all, it’s important to keep moving. When we slow down, we lose mobility, and that can lead to accidents and injuries.
#3: Eat Well
You know that sugary snacks aren’t the best food choice you could make, but you also want to live your life. We get it. The most important part of making good dietary choices is two fold: ensuring you get adequate nutrients, protein, and vitamins, and avoiding foods with little to no nutritional value.
This doesn’t mean you can never have the foods you love, it just means if they are overly processed or high in sugar, you should eat them sparingly.
#4: Get Adequate Sleep
Your sleep needs are relative to your level of activity and age. On average, an adult over the age of 18 will need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Additionally, this refers to the need for quality sleep, which gets harder to come by as we get older.
#5: Avoid Over Exposure to the Sun
It feels great to be in the sun, but if you’re in the sun without a barrier on your skin like proper clothing or sunscreen, you’re asking to age more quickly than you have to.
The sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., so if you’re going to be outdoors during this time, it is essential you wear protective clothing and/or use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
#6: Quit Smoking
Make this year your year. Smoking is directly linked to lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer. Additionally, smoking ages you by causing premature wrinkles which can develop after only one decade of smoking.
Smoking is essentially pollution taken directly into your body, so the release of free radicals that is so harmful to your cells occurs everywhere in your body each time you inhale.
#7: Take Care of Your Teeth
You only get one adult set, which you should have by about age 13. Those teeth need to last, so it’s important you take care of them by brushing, flossing, and getting regular cleanings. Not taking care of your teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
#8: Avoid Excessive Alcohol Use
This one is simple piece of advice as old as time: only enjoy alcohol in moderation and enjoy it responsibly.
#9: Take Your Mental Health Seriously
This is more than just practicing yoga or meditating. Take time to check in with yourself on a daily basis and make sure you aren’t overly stressed, filled with anxiety, feeling sad, hopeless, depressed, or overwhelmed. If you are, you should talk to a professional. You may be experiencing these feelings due to life situations, or you may be suffering from a condition that needs treatment.
#10: Take Safety Precautions
Everything your mom told you to do (buckle up, wear a helmet, etc.) was good advice. Take measures to stay safe during your daily activities. Always practice safety when operating a vehicle, wear a bike helmet, and install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Keeping healthy is a multi-faceted process that involves caring for your body from the inside out and keeping your cells strong and fortified so they age healthfully, not quickly.
Following simple health practices and using a supplement that supports your cellular health is a great way to keep healthy and remain proactive in aging on your own terms.
Eric Venn-Watson M.D.
Senior Scientist, Co-Founder
Eric is a physician, U.S. Navy veteran, and Co-founder and COO of Seraphina Therapeutics. Eric served over 25 years as a Navy and Marine Corps physician, working with the special forces community to improve their health and fitness. Seraphina Therapeutics is a health and wellness company dedicated to advancing global health through the discovery of essential fatty acids and micronutrient therapeutics.
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