For International Longevity Day on October 1, NOVOS released these 25 great tips to slow aging.
Recent studies suggest that these tips cannot only slow aging, but also partially reverse aging, making you grow younger.
For each tip, we link to scientific studies so you can learn more.
1. More vegetables, less grains and starches
Consume lots of vegetables, legumes, mushrooms, fruits, nuts and seeds. Vegetables should be the basis of your diet, not potatoes, pasta, rice and bread. Replace these starchy foods more with vegetables, legumes, mushrooms or quinoa (R,R,R,R,R).
2. Take health supplements
Take health supplements to prevent deficiencies, such as vitamin D3, vitamin K2, iodine, selenium, magnesium, B vitamins, and minimally-oxidized (low TOTOX) omega-3 fatty acids. Even when you eat healthy and have “normal” blood tests, you can be deficient. You can find the most important health supplements here.
3. Take longevity supplements
Take longevity supplements like NOVOS Core which contain substances that are scientifically shown to slow down aging or increase lifespan, like alpha ketoglutarate, fisetin, pterostilbene, glucosamine and microdosed lithium (R,R,R,R).
4. Less sugar
5. Avoid trans fats
Avoid trans fats, which can be found in fried foods, fast-food, bakery products (e.g. crackers, cookies, cakes), and vegetable shortenings (R).
6. Less omega-6-fat-rich foods
Significantly reduce your intake of omega-6-fat-rich foods, like corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, margarine, sesame oil, mayonnaise and most salad dressings (R).
7. More healthy fats
8. Less animal protein
9. Less red meat, more white meat
10. Cut back on processed foods
Consume foods that have come straight from nature and processed as little as possible, like foods your great-grandmother would recognize.
We explain our longevity diet here.
11. Consume anti-aging foods
Eat specific foods that can slow down aging: green leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, kale), blueberries, dark chocolate (containing at least 70% cacao), salmon, walnuts, pomegranate, and others (R,R,R,R).
We listed some great anti-aging foods here.
12. Avoid milk
13. Be careful with alcohol
Don’t drink too much alcohol: that means maximum one glass per day, ideally with alcohol-free days (R).
14. Hydrate a lot
Drink at least 1.5 liters per day: that’s 8 glasses per day. Drink mainly lots of water. Add herbs (e.g. mint), lemon or NOVOS Core to add taste to your water. Drink green tea, white tea, ginger tea or coffee (yes, coffee can reduce the risk of various aging-related diseases) (R,R).
15. Less calories, less often
17. Exercise regularly
Exercise for at least 20 minutes three times per week: engage in anaerobic exercise (like weightlifting), aerobic exercise (like running or swimming) or do high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
18. Optimize your sleep
Take good care of your sleep. Make sure you sleep enough and go to bed around the same time.
We gathered more than 50 tips to improve sleep here.
19. Consider melatonin
If you are older than 50 years, consider taking melatonin. Besides improving sleep, melatonin can also extend lifespan and slow down aging (R,R). Take 500 micrograms (0.5 mg) to max 1000 micrograms (1 mg) of extended-release melatonin before going to sleep.
20. Get those endorphins flowing
21. Track your health
22. Slow down skin aging
Protect your skin well against the sun: (always wear strong sunscreen, and a hat when going outside in the sun), use science-based skin products, and take supplements that slow skin aging and reduce wrinkles.
23. Brush and floss
24. Use medication sparingly
People often underestimate the side effects of medication. Also, most medication treats the symptoms, not the causes.
25. Be your own health advocate
Be an empowered health advocate for your own body: don’t just rely on the healthcare system to keep you healthy.