How can changing your diet improve your longevity?

Eating Right to Extend Your Life

Maintaining a healthy diet and a focus on proper nutrition can add years to your life.

Face-lifts, Botox injections, and other anti-aging procedures are all the rage — yet doctors still haven’t developed a surgical procedure that will add years to your life (angioplasty doesn’t count). “With enough money, you can always look good on the outside,” says Ralph Felder, M.D., Ph.D., coauthor of The Bonus Years Diet. “Reversing the aging process internally is much more difficult.” And while a healthy diet won’t necessarily make you look like Demi Moore, it can extend your life.

To get some perspective on what proper nutrition and diet can mean for your health, think of your body as an engine — a machine. The higher the octane of the fuel you put into it, the better it’s going to run. Now consider what might happen to your internal machinery after ten years of fueling up on double burgers, fries, and milkshakes: painfully slow blood flow, and hardened arteries. Not pretty.

Here’s the good news: By changing your diet and starting to eat right, you can increase your chances for enjoying a longer life. Here’s how to start:

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