5 Tips to Keep Your Mind and Body Young
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They're high in quercetin, a flavonoid that may extend your "health span," i.e., years lived free of disease. In a study published in the journal Aging Cell, researchers found that in mice quercetin selectively kills off certain senescent cells, which accumulate with age and are believed to accelerate the aging process.
The people of Okinawa, Japan—whose life expectancy is one of the longest on the planet—place ancestor altars, which typically showcase photos of deceased loved ones, in a prominent room of their house, says Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow and author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People. "It's important to feel connected to something bigger," says Buettner, "and remembering where you came from can bring meaning and joy into your life." In a place you see often, hang family photos and mementos—even little things, like your kid's toothpick art, a postcard from your favorite summer vacation spot, the cartoon your husband doodled on your first date.
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