In today’s fast-paced and stressful world, investing in wellness, self-care and a healthy routine has never been more important. Therefore, we are particularly excited to be launching a blog series to inspire healthier lifestyle choices called Longevity Hacks With… and who better than our founder to kick this off? Today, Dr. Gerry Curatola shares his top 5 Longevity Hacks for enhanced wellness, and throughout the following weeks, we will invite more profiles to share what they do on a daily basis to stay healthy, happy and vibrant.
1. Prioritize Oral Health: The Gateway to Longevity
Dr. Curatola’s first longevity hack focuses on the often-overlooked link between oral health and overall wellness. A healthy mouth isn’t just about a bright smile; it can significantly impact your overall health and longevity in surprising ways. In fact, poor oral health is linked to several systemic health issues including diabetes and heart disease. Moreover, what few know is a tooth infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause all kinds of health problems if not addressed. Good oral hygiene help prevent chronic diseases and inflammation and boost your vitality. Your routine should consist of regular biologic dental visits and a solid homecare routine of brushing and flossing without fluoride.
2. Nourish Your Body from Within
Longevity starts from the inside out. Dr. Curatola has a few tricks on how use the power of nutrition to optimize your wellness. Of course, a balanced diet rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory foods are key. But also, think about how to boost your immune system and support a healthy oral microbiome.
“When in the grocery market, you want to go right to the grain and produce sections. And stay away from the comfort foods!” he cautions. “It is okay to treat yourself, everyone deserves a treat now and then. But the issue is that these treats are addictive.”
“Be careful of sweet, dried fruits like raisins. Raisins can easily stick to teeth and cause decay. These should be considered as a treat. For instance, we eat what our bacteria and microbes tell us to eat. If we indulge in carbohydrates and refined sugars, our bodies will automatically crave these foods.”
Foods that Dr. Curatola recommends are greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli. Create a rainbow of color on your plate with foods like cauliflower, red peppers, snap peas, and beets.
If I could get rid of every vitamin in my medicine cabinet, except one, the one I would keep would be vitamin C. Vitamin C has always been king,” says Dr. Curatola. “Everyone should up their vitamin C, and we should be taking 1-3 grams per day.”
“What is important about any supplement you take is bioavailability. One of the ways you can increase bioavailability of vitamins and dietary supplements is something called Liposomal Technology. Liposomal vitamin C is better than regular vitamin C.”
According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, bioavailability is the fraction of the vitamin or other substance which enters the circulation when absorbed into the body. This proportion is what allows the substance to have an active effect.
Top 5 Vitamins Dr. Curatola is taking right now:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Omegas (Omega 3,DHA/NHA)
- B Vitamins (B6, B12)
“A great combination with vitamin D3, which is important for reducing inflammation, is K2. Omegas are very important in times of stress. B12 is an essential vitamin for the entire immune system. Micro-minerals are zinc, manganese, chromium, and others. Zinc is a scavenger that works well with vitamin C. It looks for bacterial byproducts or virus particles, and helps the body eliminate those,” explains Dr. Curatola.
3. Stress Less, Live Longer
Chronic stress can take a toll on your health and shorten your lifespan. Dr. Curatola’s third hack delves into the art of stress management. Explore effective techniques to reduce stress, improve mental resilience, and foster emotional well-being. Discover how a calm mind can contribute to a longer, healthier life. Try a breathing exercise, yoga, guided meditation or even a short walk to get your stress levels down. Find a method that works for you and commit to it.
4. Embrace Holistic Approaches
Dr. Curatola emphasizes the significance of holistic wellness. He explores the benefits of integrating alternative therapies like acupuncture, meditation, and mindfulness into your wellness routine. These practices can help you achieve a balanced and harmonious state of well-being, potentially extending your years.
5. Stay Active, Stay Young
Last but not least, Dr. Curatola stresses the importance of staying physically active throughout your life. Regular exercise is a cornerstone of longevity, and he shares practical tips on how to incorporate it into your daily routine, regardless of your age or fitness level. A walk after meals, morning stretches along with weight training 3-4 times a week can dramatically impact your overall health and is not hard to make time for during a busy week with some planning!
“The most important thing is maintaining a solid routine. Wake up at a reasonable hour and have daily exercise. It could be 15 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training), elastic band sets, etc. Exercise lifts immune system competence. It improves circulatory function, and actually helps your body heel,” explains Dr. Curatola.
Remember, it’s never too late to start prioritizing your well-being and taking steps toward a healthier and longer life. Start small, expand, and add little things each day to promote wellbeing. Embrace these hacks, and you’ll be well on your way to a future filled with vitality and well-deserved longevity.