The Secrets to a Healthier, Happier, Possibly Longer Life

The Doctors are joined by family physician Dr. Mike Moreno, author of The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging, to discuss the secrets to living healthier, happier and longer.

“It’s not how long you live, it’s how well you live,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.

Feeling Ice Cold 
Some theories suggest that taking an ice-cold shower daily can help extend your life.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears and three brave volunteers test the theory by seeing who can stand under a cold shower the longest.

“Pulse is going good,” says Dr. Sears after he steps out of the shower, shivering. “I’m actually feeling really invigorated, energized, feeling younger.”

OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says you don’t have to go to such extremes. She recommends taking a shower and slowly adjusting the temperature until the water is cold.

“A cold shower may be energizing,” Dr. Travis says. “I don’t really think taking a cold shower is going to significantly increase your lifespan.”

Come to Your Senses
How sensitive are your taste buds? A recent study found that obese children are more likely to have less sensitive taste buds than children within the normal weight range. Their lessened ability to distinguish between tastes could be a psychological reason why they consume more food than an average child.

The Doctors wonder which happens first, noting that as you eat more sweet and fattening foods, you become desensitized to the taste of sugar.

Dr. Travis uses soda as an example.

“If you haven’t had a soda in months, when you drink that soda, it tastes extra sweet, but if you’re drinking them all the time?” he asks. “Not that sweet.”

“You kind of get desensitized so you don’t really taste as much if you keep getting those type foods,” Dr. Lisa says.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon invites Tony from the audience to test his taste buds.

Women and Smoking

Dr. Travis and Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, chief medical officer of Pfizer, discuss the specific risks women face when it comes to smoking.

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Looks Can Be Deceiving
Do you assume that the thinner you are, the healthier you are? That’s not always the case. We often focus too much on the number on the scale and not enough on our level of cardiovascular fitness.

“Our weight, shape and size certainly aren’t the only indicators of our overall health,” Dr. Travis says.

“You’re not trying to achieve some perfect physique,” he adds. “What you’re trying to achieve is a good healthy, cardiovascular system.”

The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging
Dr. Mike, author of the best-selling book The 17 Day Diet, recently released a new book called The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging.

“The idea was initially 'let’s get people down to a healthy weight,'” Dr. Mike says, “and now, let’s focus on the body, the brain, the heart, the lungs, the immune system.”

The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging was developed in partnership with The Doctors’ Executive Producer Jay McGraw.

Dr. Mike shares some simple things you can do to help slow the aging process:

• Rotate your wrists and stretch your head and neck for 30 seconds to a minute each morning. The simple exercises will help fight tendonitis and arthritis, which often are aggravated by typing on a computer all day.

• Shadow box for three to four minutes a day to exercise your heart and cardiovascular system.

• Breathe slowly through a straw for a minute to increase your lung capacity.

• Swap your sock drawer with your T-shirt drawer to get out of your routine and help improve your memory.

Dr. Mike explains the five functions that cause aging:
• Inflammation

• Oxidative stress

• Glycation
• Methylation
• Immune impairment

“Methylation, glycation, inflammation, oxidative stress, you don’t have to worry about all of that,” Dr. Travis says. “There’s really one secret that can help improve all of those things, that can improve your health."

• Read an excerpt from The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging.

Everyday Habits for a Longer Life
Did you know that having sex can help extend your life? Learn about which daily habits and everyday items can help you live longer.

Forgive and Forget?
It’s not always easy but learning how to forgive and forget could help your heart, according to a University of Tennessee study. The study found that those who forgive people who make them angry had lower blood pressure and lower heart rates.

Photographic Evidence

Noah, 31, is a professional photographer who taken a picture of himself every day since he turned 19 -- an experiment to document the aging process.

Dr. Travis said it’s important to be self-aware and taking photographs could force you to notice changes that could signal a health problem.

The Doctors get a glimpse of what they might look like as they get older. Find out if they age gracefully.

Good Neighbors
When Rebecca’s daughter, Grace, who has Down Syndrome and doesn’t talk, wandered away from her home in Burlingame, California, a new online network helped her get home safely.

Rebecca had used the online website Nextdoor to email her neighbors a photo of her daughter so they would know who she is and where she lives. When Grace did get away from her house, a neighbor recognized her and took her home. 

Nirav Tolia, founder and CEO of Nextdoor joins The Doctors to explain how the website connects you to your neighbors by providing a private online network for communities. So far, there are more than 5,000 neighborhoods in 48 states using Nextdoor, he says.

“If you connect to your neighbors in your local community, you have a 50 percent greater chance of living longer,” Nirav says. “The problem is we don’t know our neighbors these days.”

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