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Optimizing Longevity: Lifestyle Choices Impacting Health & Aging

From the inflammatory effects of our dietary habits to the silent toll of sedentary lifestyles, we're uncovering the truths behind the buzzwords. Dr. Rene Armenta and Dr. Ariel Ostad offer insights into how our plates and routines shape our skin's vitality and overall well-being. As we navigate the modern world's conveniences and challenges, striking a balance becomes paramount. Whether it's the foods we indulge in or the hours we spend seated, every choice casts a ripple on our health's pond.
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Good Morning,

Today, we’re diving deep into the intricate dance between our lifestyle choices and their impact on our health and ageing. 

From the inflammatory effects of our dietary habits to the silent toll of sedentary lifestyles, we’re uncovering the truths behind the buzzwords. Dr. Rene Armenta and Dr. Ariel Ostad offer insights into how our plates and routines shape our skin’s vitality and overall well-being. As we navigate the modern world’s conveniences and challenges, striking a balance becomes paramount. Whether it’s the foods we indulge in or the hours we spend seated, every choice casts a ripple on our health’s pond. 

Let’s take a look, if you dare …


How can leading a sedentary life decrease life expectancy? (NowPatient)

The sedentary lifestyle many lead today is becoming a pressing public health concern. Despite guidelines recommending adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity weekly, a mere 21% achieve this.

Extended periods of inactivity, like prolonged sitting, are linked to numerous health risks, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers.

The NHS suggests that this inactive behaviour can slow metabolism, impacting the body’s ability to regulate vital functions, potentially reducing life expectancy.

For those with desk jobs, it’s crucial to take regular breaks. Standing up for just 1-2 minutes every hour can mitigate risks like cancer. Incorporating small movements into daily routines, like aiming for 10,000 steps or engaging in a short brisk walk, can significantly boost energy and mood. Consistent exercise, even just 30 minutes daily, can counteract health issues like osteoporosis and heart problems.

7 worst habits causing inflammation and aging you faster (Eat This, Not That)

Inflammation: it’s the buzzword in nutrition circles, but what does it truly mean for our health? At its core, inflammation is the body’s immune response to toxins, pathogens, and infections. While short-term inflammation can be protective, chronic inflammation can wreak havoc, leading to faster skin ageing and even serious diseases. Dr. Rene Armenta notes that persistent inflammation can degrade collagen and elastin, vital for youthful skin. Moreover, chronic inflammation is linked to diseases like cardiovascular issues, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Diet plays a significant role in managing inflammation. Omega-3s, found in seafood and plants, have anti-inflammatory properties, while a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables can exacerbate inflammation.

Conversely, indulging in processed foods, AGE foods like french fries, and excessive alcohol can amplify inflammatory responses. Even gluten, a common protein in many grains, can trigger inflammation in those sensitive to it.

To navigate the complex relationship between diet and inflammation, it’s essential to strike a balance. Emphasising fibre-rich foods, moderating alcohol intake, and consulting with healthcare professionals about potential food sensitivities can pave the way for healthier, more youthful ageing.

Foods that age you: 8 Things to Limit (Health)

What’s on your plate may be the secret behind your skin’s health… Dr. Ariel Ostad emphasises that coffee, especially when sugared up, can dehydrate the skin. However, in its pure form, coffee might be a skin ally. Sugary delights, while tempting, can kick-start glycation, a process harmful to skin’s collagen.

Alcohol, though a popular social companion, can speed up facial ageing. But it’s not just about the drinks; spicy foods, charred meats, and fried treats also have their ageing pitfalls, from inflammation to free radicals.

Red meat and trans fats further complicate the skin’s relationship with diet. The mantra? Balance and moderation.

In essence, the article underscores the profound connection between our dietary choices and skin’s vitality, reminding us that what we consume is reflected outwardly.


It’s clear that our daily choices, from what we munch on to how often we stretch our legs, really do shape our well-being. Sure, modern life throws its curveballs, but with a bit of know-how, we can dodge them and aim for better health. Remember, every bite and every step counts. So, keep making those little changes that add up. Here’s to eating well, moving more, and extending life.

Stay active,

The Longr Reads Team.


“Aging is an extraordinary process where you seek to become the person you always should have been”

David Bowie, Artist


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