The CBC’s show The Passionate Eye recently aired two episodes on a complex, yet very interesting topic: How to Stay Young.

In Part I of this series they take a closer look at Biological Aging and Lifestyle, examining diets and exercise programs that help slow down the natural biological decline that occurs as we age.  Much of the biological effects of aging are due to lifestyle factors.  In fact, only about 25% of how we age is determined by our genetics. This episode examines diet and exercise as a major part of the lifestyle that affects how we age.  Should we all become vegetarians and take up dancing in order to stay young?

Watch here to find out more:

http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeye/episodes/how-to-stay-young

We definitely should not slow down, but become more active as we age and how we age is connected to how we live our lives.

Part II takes a closer look at how our brains age.  Our brains can shrink as much as 20% over our lifetime and that can have a huge impact on our lives leading to dementia and Alzheimers.  Again our genetics are only about 1/4 responsible for how our brain ages.  Our lifestyle choices play a much bigger role than many of us realize.  Exercise that engages us mentally, physically and socially is key along with a diet rich in “purple” fruits and vegetables to help keep our brains young.   Taking the time to learn new skills that challenge us also help keep our brain young.  Learning to play a musical instrument, life drawing or learning a new language are all great ways to “exercise” your brain.

To watch Part II, click here:

http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeye/episodes/how-to-stay-young-part-two

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