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How To Live To 100 Plus
How to live to 100 plus.
How to live to 100 plus. Do you wish to live a long and healthy life? To live a long life per se is not good enough. To live a long life and to stay healthy are essential for a happy life. It’s not pleasant to live a long life but bed-ridden with body pain and sickness. This brings us to two cardinal principles to live a long life and at the same time to stay healthy and happy. Maintaining excellent physical health and maintaining a peaceful and contented mind. If the mind is not at peace, life will not be a happy one.
The type of lifestyle we choose to live will have a great bearing on our health and our state of mind. Some unfortunate people do not actually have a choice on how to live. But for those who are fortunate enough to choose how to live, living to 100 plus is possible if we follow certain life’s principles plus nature’s blessings. The lifestyle required to live a long, healthy and happy life revolves around three lines of defense:
1. Eat healthy food in order to supply proper nutrients to the body.
2. Regular exercise, to keep the body fit.
3. Stay relaxed, and be contented, in order to have a peaceful mind.
Studies done on locations where people live long life
There are many studies conducted in locations where there is high incidence of people living long life.
One study from China reported that a Mr Li Ching-yuen lived till the age of 256. His secret for a long life : “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, sleep like a dog.” However, one important secret was to have peace of mind and experiencing inner calm.
Another study done by Israeli researchers on a population of Ashkenazi Jews suggested that additional longevity genes might be present in those who lived long lives.
Yet another research identified a surprising fact for long life. In a small village in Italy called Stoccareddo, residents do not suffer from heart diseases or diabetes, and live well into their 90s. These people who called themselves Baus practice inbreeding with distant relatives! We know that in-breeding has negative effects on offsprings. Perhaps inbreeding amongst distant relatives is contrary to popular belief. The study showed that their inbreeding over a period of over eight centuries is likely to be the reason why many citizens of Stoccareddo are so healthy, despite their unhealthy diet.
Communities that demonstrate long lifespan are usually in the remote mountainous locations, away from the “evils” of city life where pollution and anxiety cut deeply into the residents’ lifestyle. One researcher Dr Gary Young traveled to Hunzaland in the mountainous region of Pakistan, and Ningxia province of China to find out the common denominator between these people who live long lives. From his studies on the dietary habits of these cultures, he found one common denominator : a mineral-rich diet, exceptionally rich in antioxidant foods, such as wolfberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, spinach and apricots.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes of the BBC documented the lives of a remote village in south-west China where its inhabitants live to over 100 years.This place is none other than the county of Bama, which I have written an article on it "How to live a long and healthy life in Bama".
This was his description:
“The valley of Longlaodun could have been lifted straight from a classical Chinese scroll painting.
A crystal clear stream rushes beneath an ancient stone bridge. On the far side a tiny village nestles under soaring limestone cliffs, the peaks high above cloaked in swirling mist.
It looks like someone's version of paradise, and maybe it is, because the people of Longlaodun live extraordinarily long lives.”
He found the following salient facts:
1. Hard work and a simple life.
2. Cool mountain air.
3. Clear water.
4. Rice wine.
5. Chewing a type of cannabis seeds.
6. Working hard in the fields.
7. Simple diet : mostly corn and vegetables.
8. Seclusion of location and real peace.
Latest stem cell technology
Gerontologist Aubrey de Grey obtained his doctorate from Cambridge University in 2000 and is chief scientific officer of the non-profit California-based SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Foundation, which he co-founded in 2009.
De Grey describes aging as the lifelong accumulation of various types of molecular and cellular damage throughout the body. He believes that stem cell technology and other innovations could radically prolong our lives in the near future. De Grey foresees that in the near future, life can be prolonged by using advanced medical techniques like gene therapies, stem cell therapies, and immune stimulation. People will just go for “preventive geriatrics” and periodic “maintenance” to keep them in good shape and live very long life.
Video from TED Talks
The video by Dan Buettner, describes where in the world do most people live over 100 years old. Dan Buettner postulates that our lifespan is dictated by 10% genes and 90% lifestyle. If we could identify the optimal pattern of lifestyle for longevity, we would be able to come up with the factual formula for longevity. He and his team conducted studies in the world’s “Blue Zones” communities whose residents live a healthy life past 100. He shares with us the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits for longevity. Very briefly, these are the 9 factors:
1. Move naturally (natural form of physical exercise).
2. Right outlook.
3. Be able to downshift.
4. A purpose in life.
5. Eat wisely.
6. Enjoy your fine wine.
7. Have a ‘plant-slant” diet.
8. The 80% rule : roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
9. Connect with the right social network.
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The right formula for longevity
From what we have read, I would say the overiding optimal pattern of lifestyle for longevity are the following 4 keys to living a long, healthy and happy life:
1. Maintaining proper nutritious diet.
2. Maintaining regular physical exercise in whatever form.
3. Assurance of family/group support.
4. Maintaining the inner peace of mind.
May you live a long, healthy and happy life!
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