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Lifespan vs Healthspan: What’s more relevant?



Total number of years you live with or without illness

How many of those years you remain healthy - free from severe and chronic health conditions

Avg lifespan: 80 years

Avg healthspan: 63 years 



7 easy and actionable ways to improving healthspan:

1. Stay hydrated:

  • 50% to 70% of our body is composed of water and aids regulate body temperature, excrete body waste and acts as an internal lubricant for joints and muscles 
  • Consume at least 8 glasses of water per day over and above the water consumed via foods like fruits, vegetables, juices and soups


2. Make the right food choices:

  • Try consuming the fresh and seasonal foods, in all different food categories
  • Limit the consumption of sugar 
  • Maintain an eating routine 
  • Consume small meals every couple of hours instead of only 2-3 large meals 

3. Get quality sleep:

  • Getting adequate hours of good quality sleep is essential as it helps the body to rejuvenate, relax and repair 
  • This helps the heart, breath and metabolic rates of the body recuperate
  • Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep everyday with constant sleeping and waking times 


4. Strength train:

  • Regular moderate intensity strength training for 150 mins per week can greatly reduce the risk of injury, increase metabolic function and secrete the happy hormones - serotonin, dopamine and endorphins! Keeping both your mind and body in a joyful happy state

5. Work on increasing your Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT):

  • Improve your movement ways and activity levels through the course of the day and make it a habit.
  • Don’t stay sitting for long hours: stand up and move for two mins every hour / walk while on the phone / walk or cycle to nearby locations / take the stairs when you can 

6. Have supportive relationships: 

  • Social support is key to maintaining a healthy mind and habits
  • They have a protective effect on one's health span, decreasing the risk of illness caused due to stress, depression, anxiety  and uncertainty

7. Practice mindfulness:
  • Limit screen time and spend a few minutes outdoors and close to nature everyday
  • Spend 5-7 minutes practices breathing practices and meditating on a daily basis 
  • Taking up certain tasks to do everyday - however big or small like making your bed on waking up or reading a few pages of a book before going to bed
  • Take out time to do activities you enjoy doing like dancing, baking or painting



Spearmint leaf (Mentha Spicata), Stinging nettle leaf (Urtica Dioica), Lemon grass
(Cymbopogon citratus), Ginger root (Zingiber officinale), Peppermint (Mentha Piperita),
Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum cassia), Ashoka (Saraca Asoca), Lodhra (Symplocos),
Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), Daruharidra
(Berberis Aristata)


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