If you’ve been following my blog, you know that in the past couple of years I’ve changed both my eating habits and my exercise routine. At the risk of being redundant, I’ve eliminated most wheat products, added many more vegetables, along with apple cider vinegar and lemon water to my diet, and have espoused a high-intensity workout protocol to my daily activities. Why? Because I want to spend the final third of my life feeling the best that I can. In addition, I take several vitamin/mineral supplements to cover my dietary shortfalls. In fact, I was thinking just the other day of eliminating many of the supplements because of how well I’ve stuck to my dietary changes. Last week, I went in for a physical, with the usual blood work. The results left me jumping for joy-my blood work came back at levels I haven”t seen for over 10 years. My lipid panel-cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and the HDL:total cholesterol levels were super great. My blood glucose was 87 (it should be < than 100), my liver enzymes were lower (which means my liver is clearing stuff better), and my kidney function was > 90 (>60 is considered good). I’m telling you this because it is vital, I mean vital, that you include the right exercise and proper nutrition if you want to live the final third of your life the way you expect to-with as little decay as possible. Most of us don’t think about that part of our life. In our youth, and our 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, most of us have the gift of youth. When the 50’s and 60’s hit, the crap hits the fan, and all of sudden we feel much older. And, it’s not a linear line of aging; age seems come in chunks. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. I feel 10 years younger today, in fact, I feel better than I did 10 years ago. Exercise and nutrition!

Stay well, John R. Blilie, M.S.