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Longer life, by the numbers
by Manoj Jain

The Washington Post    Translate This Article
7 September 2008

On 7 September 2008 The Washington Post reported: The 'elixir' to a longer life includes exercise, healthy eating, and stress-reduction through Transcendental Meditation. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of health.

Heart experts agree that keeping blood pressure below 120/80 lowers the risk of heart disease and increases the chance of a long life.

The 120 is the pressure of a contracting heart, called a systolic measurement, while the 80 is the diastolic reading of a relaxed heart (systolic/diastolic).

'Both are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg), or points,' the Washington Post explained.

The Washington Post listed points to help avert high blood pressure:

Eat fruits and vegetables

'One study showed that people who reduced the fat in their diet to 26 percent and increased fruit, juices and vegetables to 9.6 servings a day cut their systolic blood pressure by 5.5 points and diastolic blood pressure by three points.'


'Regular exercise, such as brisk walking for 30 minutes most days, can drop your systolic blood pressure by four to nine points.'

Practise Transcendental Meditation

'A 2008 review of nine studies found that Transcendental Meditation reduced systolic blood pressure by 4.7 points and diastolic blood pressure by 3.2 points.'

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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