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Why Age is Just A Number

"Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you have to start young." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Your chronological age is not necessarily your biological age, and that’s not just baby boomer denial...

says Lauren Kessler, a University of Oregon journalism professor and author of Counter Clockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging.  Biomarkers including resting heart rate, muscle mass, cholesterol levels, bone density, physical strength and mitochondria, are better indicators of age than your birth date, she says. Not to mention energy, passion and vitality.

Genetics accounts for just 30 percent of the rate at which we age, she says. Lifestyle determines the rest.

So reduce stress. Eat a healthy plant-based diet, organic when possible. Exercise. Get enough sleep.  And visit  Wellbody Academy for hands-on ideas about how personal choices can positively affect your health and well-being for years to come.

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Guest Monday, 21 April 2014