What Does Longevity Mean? How To Improve Your Longevity

BY CHRIS RHODES — MAY 16, 2024

What Does Longevity Mean? How To Improve Your Longevity

Though the thought of immortality and the fountain of youth used to be the stuff of myth and legend, the pursuit of longer, healthier lives is quickly becoming a major field of modern research. Once just the playground for biotech billionaires, this new field of longevity science is now being made available to everyone. But what does longevity truly mean, and how can we harness its full potential in our daily lives? This article helps answer all your burning questions about longevity, offering actionable insights into enhancing and protecting your health for years to come.

Understanding Longevity

Lifespan. Healthspan. Longevity. Biological and Chronological Age. Thanks to a massive boom in scientific innovation and press coverage you may have come across all these words during your daily news scroll, but what are they and what’s the difference? Simply put, they’re all words to describe how long and how well we’re living our lives. 

Longevity can be split into two major aspects: Lifespan, meaning the total amount of time that one lives from birth till death, and Healthspan, the amount of time during our lives that we spend in good health and with a good quality of life. While we all want to live longer (that’s lifespan), nobody wants to add more time to their lives where they’re sick, frail, or unable to do the things they love. That’s why your healthspan is so important and ideally our healthspan and lifespan would be almost identical and with the help of new longevity treatments extend together. 

Lifespan and Healthspan also involve your Chronological Age, the number of years since you’ve been born, and your Biological Age, a measure of your body’s health and cellular rate of aging. While you might be 55 years old (your chronological age), you could still have the health of a 35 year old (your biological age) or, on the opposite end, a 75 year old. Yikes! The younger your biological age, the more likely you are to stay in good health and have a longer healthspan. 

Extending your longevity is all about making the right life choices to minimize your rate of aging and decrease our biological age so that we can maximize our lifespan and enhance our healthspan beyond what was possible before. But it's not just about adding years to your life, it’s also adding life to those years, ensuring that you can spend as much time as possible being vibrant and active with the ones you love. So what’s the secret code standing in the way between you and your quest for longevity? 

Factors Influencing Longevity

Several factors contribute to how long and how well we live:

  • Lifestyle Choices: Daily habits such as diet, exercise, and sleep have profound effects on our health and longevity. New age biohacking techniques like cold plunges, red light, or ozone therapy may also play a role in optimizing our day to day function and long term health.
  • Environmental Influences: Everything from the air we breathe to the geography of our homes to the community we live in impacts our health and connections to people who love and care about us are one of the greatest predictors of longevity.
  • Genetics: While we can't change our DNA, understanding our genetic predispositions can help us tailor our lifestyle choices. Genes can determine how we react to our diet or how sensitive we are to damage and stress from our environment. But don’t worry, while genes do play a role in your longevity potential, it’s estimated only 10% of how we age is actually up to our genes with the other 90% coming from lifestyle and environment choices. 

Strategies to Improve Longevity

Improving longevity isn’t just about avoiding illness; it’s about cultivating health both physically and mentally. Here are some simple proven strategies:

1. Optimize Your Diet

  • Eat More Plants: It’s estimated that 70% of Americans are deficient in fiber despite the fact that fiber rich foods have been shown to have a wide range of health benefits from supporting a healthy microbiome to weight loss to decreasing inflammation. Fiber rich plant-based foods are a great way to fuel up without getting weighed down and often contain more nutrients and bioactives to support optimal health and longevity. 
  • Limit Processed Foods: Ultra-processed food are one of the leading dietary risk factors for disease and have even been classified by the WHO as carcinogens. While there’s nothing wrong with an Oreo every now and again, try to avoid daily intake of processed foods that are laden with fat, sugar, calories, and additives that could contribute to poor long term health. 
  • Eat Less to Live More: The most reliable that science has found to extend lifespan and healthspan in animals is to reduce overall caloric intake or engage in periodic fasting. Animals that restrict calories or intermittent fast throughout their live has been shown to live up to 30% longer and in much better health than their well fed counterparts by slowing aging at the cellular level. 

2. Regular Physical Activity

  • Consistency Over Intensity: Regular, moderate exercise is more beneficial than occasional high-intensity workouts.
  • Mix It Up: Include cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises to cover all aspects of physical health. The best predictors of longevity going into old age are muscle mass, grip strength, and balance so keep limber, build strength, and hold on tight! 
  • Stay Active Daily: Aim for movement every hour, even if it's just a quick stretch, a walk, doing chores around the house.

3. Prioritize Mental Health

  • Stress Management: Practices like meditation, yoga, or even simple breathing exercises can mitigate stress.
  • Social Connections: Maintain strong relationships. Socializing can reduce stress levels and mental health declines.
  • Continuous Learning: Engaging in new activities or hobbies keeps the mind active and reduces cognitive decline.

4. Regular Health Screenings

  • Early Detection: Regular check-ups can detect problems before they become serious.
  • Tailored Health Strategies: Screenings can help customize health plans based on individual health needs.

5. Embrace a Positive Outlook

    • Optimism: A positive mindset can influence biological processes, linked to better health and longer life.
    • Gratitude Practices: Regularly acknowledging what you’re thankful for can improve mental and physical health.
  • Meditation: Find time to unplug rest, relax, and focus your mind. Meditation not only helps to relieve stress and find balance, but can even help reduce inflammation, enhance brain function, and promote memory for long term cognitive health. 

  • So How Can Mimio Help My Longevity?

    At Mimio, enhancing the human healthspan is quite literally our job! And we’re doing it with the best partner we could think of, your own biology. We’ve spent years of clinical research to decode your body’s natural longevity systems and bio-programs and put that power at your fingertips. Mimio’s biomimetic products are designed from some of the most powerful regenerative states in the human body, like fasting, to support your body’s natural ability to rejuvenate and thrive. In fact our flagship Biomimetic Cell Care product has been shown to extend lifespan in model organisms by 96% and is capable of reducing biological age in humans.* 

    The Future of Longevity

    With advancements in science and a better understanding of health, the potential to significantly extend human life is more feasible than ever. Innovations like those from Mimio contribute to this progress, promising a future where longevity means living a full, vibrant life well into our later years.

    Longevity isn’t just about counting years but making those years count. By incorporating these strategies into your daily life, you can not only help extend lifespan but also enhance quality of life (their healthspan). At Mimio we’re here to help, offering new and cutting-edge solutions that harness the power of your natural biological systems to supercharge your ability to lead a better, longer life. As we continue to explore and understand the secrets of longevity and of human biology, we move closer to a world where every individual can tap into the regenerative power of their own body to enjoy a fuller, more vibrant life.

    *Lifespan extension data from c. elegans; based on self-reported customer data, your result may vary

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