Tell Me About Telomeres

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Which baby boomer doesn’t remember the television show which ran through the 70s and 80s called Days of Our Lives?  Even the most discerning viewer surely managed to be somewhere where somebody’s aunty was watching it. So you might remember the intro line……”Like Sands Through the Hourglass are the Days of Our Lives”. Yes, I [...]

Happy Easter for Chocoholics

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The research hasn’t been done yet into a direct link between chocolate consumption and longevity. But both the anecdotes and the science are appealing. Sarah Knauss, who lived to 119, enjoyed a kilo of chocolate each week.  So did Jeanne Calment, who lived to 122.  Seems Jeanne was persuaded to give up chocolate by her [...]

Poetry – the Quiet Health Booster

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Poetry, like journaling, can be a very relaxing pastime but it’s also a great brain exercise. Write it, read it or just listen; it’s a free resource that many Longevityboomers might not have accessed for a long time, if ever. The world’s oldest person, the late Jeanne Calment, enjoyed the poems of her childhood right [...]

10 Longevity Boosts from Pumpkin Seeds

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1. They’re a green food!   Don’t be deceived because they are only pale green! Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of magnesium which is at epidemic deficiency proportions in the average western diet. How many green vegetables do we really eat?  Particularly helpful for anyone taking pharmaceutical drugs, a majority of which have the side [...]

Hormones Making you Fat?

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Did you know it’s your fat cells, rather than your brain, which tell the body whether or not you’re hungry?  The action of a little known hormone called leptin has a huge effect on appetite and fat metabolism, being linked to what appears to be a set point in weight and the reason why diets tend [...]