A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info
While it is true that longevity requires a biological and genetic predisposition, it also has to do with the way in which we lead our lives.
Longevity is a construction that is built over time. Biological and genetic factors are of great influence but there are also other variables such as diet, socialization, and mental and emotional predisposition that contribute to a longer life. But to get there we must consider two important levels: the emotional/psychic and physical or self-care habits.
What are the psycho-emotional patterns for aging well?
To be restless, to socialize, to be very curious, and to take the brain to places it has never walked. They do not need to make long trips, visiting a new neighborhood 15 minutes from home is enough. Also, change the routine and always be with the imagination in operation, because by breaking with the routine and being willing to incorporate new things, neuronal plasticity is increased and what is called "neuronal growth factor" is secreted, a protein that tightens the neuronal junction and is an antidote to the passage of time that tends to unhook neurons.
What are the positive effects of socialization?
Socializing not only serves to stimulate the brain but also to have someone criticize our actions, because in people who have never socialized, there are peculiarities in their behavior that no one corrects and they become more and more exacerbated and rigid. Thus, they are becoming those old eccentrics and to whom everyone runs away, of which we speak.
And as for the family? How much does living as a couple or together with a family group influence?
Statistics show that separated people who have not been able to reconstruct a circle around it live less time. Perhaps, that is why couples who are on the rocks and get stressed, in the end, live longer because the bond preserves more life.
In addition, ties (friends, family, partner) are a very strong source of satisfaction. It is very important to agree between dreams, projects, and illusions, and their realization. When that is in balance, it produces a lot of serotonin. In contrast, personal dissatisfaction shortens life: people who have lived a life with personal dissatisfaction and very high cortisol often get sick.
Physical / biological level
What are the nutritional modifications that should be implemented to age better?
Physical activity and movement. The human species are designed to move 4 or 5 kilometers per day, and we have changed our legs for wheels: tricycle, bicycle, motorcycle, car, bus, or subway. What we have to do is impose the movement between 30 and 40 'of strong and sustained walking, 3 or 4 times a week. If one is going to tape, 4 or 5 kilometers per hour.
As for aesthetics, what to do to be flirtatious without overdoing it?
Regarding skin aging, there are many substances that allow us to do what was previously exclusively achieved by surgery, because they are applied and absorbed through the skin, acting on the nerve-muscle coupling: hyaluronic acid —which is a great introducer of liquid—, Botox in well-dosed amounts —because poorly applied causes facial stiffness or an eyelid drooping— and everything that is filler substances in the area of skin folds. However, the one that will slow down skin aging the most is the low levels of cortisol in the blood.