What if I were to tell you that aging is a disease - not a necessary step in life - that can be reversed? I know it might seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but there's some really interesting research that's surfacing about how aging is actually in our power.
Scientific research today is pushing the boundaries around aging and longevity - and how we can live to be 100 (or older!). There are a few things we can do every day to shift our biological age. I really loved this conversation with Microbiologist, David Sinclair, Ph.D. - but here are some key takeaways:
1. Eat only when you're hungry: Intermittent Fasting has a ton of research that connects it to living longer lives - but if you find this difficult, focus on eating less often.
2. It's okay (and important) to stress the body out...in certain ways. One example - high intensity interval training. Another - eat organic and bright veggies, because they're producing molecules that signal longevity cell production in our bodies.
3. Being really, really cold is good: It doesn't have to be long either. Being in freezing cold water for at least a minute helps us develop brown fat, which is directly connected to longer lives.
Are you doing any of these things already? What's your view on longevity? Share with us at @kosterina on Instagram!
Peace, love & EVOO, Katerina
Olive Oil Sommelier Katerina Mountanos, is the Founder & CEO of Kosterina Olive Oil, which produces 100% organic, extra virgin olive oil from Greece sold directly to consumers online. Katerina is an ecommerce expert and has built beauty, home and wellness businesses for Amazon, Jet, and Walmart. She founded beauty services company, Manicube, which was sold to The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden in 2015. Katerina is very passionate about olive oil, the Mediterranean diet and eating for health and longevity.
It's no surprise that many of us are feeling more stressed than ever. We're living through a global pandemic that has completely shifted our version of "normal" - and we're not sure when (or if) things will be going back. But, even though there are many aspects of our lives that feel out of control - there's one part of our well-being we can influence: our gut health.
For a long time, it seemed like everyone was going gluten-free. About five years ago, the world began talking about gluten in a serious way. Menus of major restaurants changed to accommodate this new societal shift, there were articles and books written about the impact of gluten - and it seemed like everyone was substituting their regular meals for gluten-free ones.
The more I dive deeper into learning about our food system, unfortunately, the more that I feel this problem is too big for any one person to solve. When I read about the intertwined issues with industrial farms, our food systems and the subsequent health crises going on in America, I want to give up. The problem seems just too complicated to make the massive change it needs.