According to biologists, longevity is the average lifespan expected under ideal conditions. How we define the ‘ideal conditions’ may vary from person to person.
Some may say genetics may account for it. But even if your ancestors didn’t live longer, it doesn’t mean you’ll do the same.
Genetics can only provide you a maximum of 30% of your life expectancy. The rest is all up to you.
The other components are under your control, like behaviors, environment, diet and lifestyle.
While a lot of centenarians claimed diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle contributed to their longevity, other people completely shatter these theories.
One of them is this 125 old man from Lebanon who smokes cigarettes every day for over 80 years.
He is so energetic and agile, he cooks, chops wood, walks two miles per day and has a 7 year old son.
He has been married two times, his first wife died after living with her for 70 years, and 7 children. He lives with his second wife.
His advice for health and longevity is to eat healthy and qualty food, to avoid what’s unhealthy and to have a discipline.
“The secret is in the type and quality of food and eating discipline. I eat as much as I need, don’t go near food that contains ingredients that I don’t know and stay away from manufactured oils sold on the market. Pure olive oil, honey and goat ghee are an elixir for good health and long life and should be at the heart of all meals,”
Another secret that he shares with us is his special “magic tea” that he claims can make a dead man stand up.
The recipe for this special tea is a mixture of carob, thyme, quinoa, and anise, put in hot boiling water.
Whether you approach longevity from a medical or holistic point of view, the act of doing the things that you believe will work best for you is the key.
Here are 7 science backed tips to help you be healthier and increase your longevity. Follow the ones you think are best for you because it all comes down to your unique needs.
1. Having a daily supplementation of natural anti inflammatories.
A high concentration of triglycerides in the blood elevates the risk of stroke. One way to manage this is by taking daily supplements of curcumin combined with diet and exercise, which is said to reduce the risk by up to 60%.
Curcumin is also found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects. Omega 3s are found to be another effective anti-inflammatory.
Dr. Alfred D. Steinberg, who is an arthritis expert said that fish oil acts directly on the immune system and suppresses the release of cytokines, which destroys the joints by 40 to 55%.
2. Consuming high fiber and fermented foods.
A healthy gut is another important factor in extending one’s life. The gut bacteria has the ability to detect different types of diseases, such as diabetes and others.
To have a healthy gut, you must consume foods that are high in fiber.
Fermented foods that are found to reduce digestive issues and other conditions include doenjang, chungkookjang, kimchi, kombucha, miso, tempeh, pickles, fermented seafood, makgeolli, and beer.
3. A daily meditation practice.
Because of its calming benefits, meditation is almost always included in all undertakings concerning the health.
Meditation supports the mental, emotional, and physical health.
It is also linked to several studies like enhancing telomeres activity, strengthening the cardiovascular system, and contributing much to our wellness.
4. Committing to intermittent fasting.
MIT biologists said that age related loss of stem cell function can be reversed by a 24 hour fast.
Some studies even show that after periods of fasting, insulin suggests cells to take up glucose from the blood.
In intermittent fasting, the body uses fat as its primary source of energy instead of sugar. Its benefits include improving the immune system, regulating inflammatory conditions, and stopping cancer cell formation. Thereby helping you to lengthen your lifespan.
5. Following an interval training regimen.
Cardiovascular fitness is one of the secrets to longevity.
Studies have shown that interval training is the best one to take because it lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome through recruiting new muscle fibers and increasing the body’s ability to use fuel.
According to Jason L. Talanian, the study’s lead author and an exercise scientist at the University of Guelph, the ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen to working muscles is improved by 13 percent.
6. Taking NAC, Glutathione and a daily dose of Vitamin D.
The human body converts the N acetylcysteine into an amino acid called cysteine, which helps synthesize glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants and detoxifiers. NAC is also found to protect against a variety of health problems. In a study, researchers found mushrooms to have high amounts of glutathione that boosts the immune system and fights against cancer.
A lack of vitamin D increases the chances of diseases by more than 1000 percent. Researchers discovered that Vitamin D is active in cells, tissues, and bones and controls a large number of genes that are associated with cancer, autoimmune disease, and infection.
Additionally, Vitamin D prevents genetic damage. Hence, it’s important to expose yourself to sunshine to get your daily dose of Vitamin D. In places where the sun doesn’t regularly shine, taking Vitamin D supplements is encouraged.
7. Decreasing calorie consumption.
A decreased calorie consumption is found to triple the lifespan.
In one study using animals as test subjects, 30% of the animals are found to die at an advanced age without age related causes.
Other studies show that people in some cultures have an increased lifespan due to their diets. As you age, your metabolism becomes slower. By eating less, you’re helping your digestive system to reduce its work.
Living your life into a ripe old age should never be complicated. If you can do most of what’s listed above, coupled with a simplistic lifestyle, you will certainly give your best chance of living into the age you desire to have.
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