Living to 100- what does it take? Part 1
What’s the essence of the secret formula to making it to 100 years of age and beyond? Turns out there are many factors, but here are the categories;
lifestyle choices, nutritional habits, natural remedies, environmental factors, self-identity and fulfilling life’s goals.Western society values fail in most of these categories. Many secrets lie in the values and wisdom of eastern cultures.
Prevention is not a novel concept in the east but has been a foundation of medical philosophy for 1000’s of years. Western medicine is an unfortunate contrast in disciplines. Prevention is the key to living a long healthy (happy) life. Every action is connected to a reaction. The decisions we make on a daily basis are critical to what happens to us tomorrow.
Not just what you eat, but how you eat are the most vital aspects of our longevity.
The majority of centenarians are vegetarians that eat modestly, shocking right!
They do not eat or drink excessively but eat smaller meals more frequently. They also fast for periods of time. Nuts and seeds, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and a variety of legumes are the dietary core of those who have long lives. Most vital, don’t forget to consume half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
Teas have polyphenols that help fight cancer and diabetes. Two of the most dangerous killers in western culture. They also inhibit free radicals from attacking the body. Yams contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than carrots, more fiber than oat bran and more protein than wheat and rice.
Ginger is known to help relieve pain, prevent migraines, inhibit blood clots, fight cancer, and prevent digestive stress.
Garlic contains allicin, which can prevent cancer and atherosclerosis. It also lowers cholesterol, reduces blood clot formation, and stimulates the pituitary gland.
Pectin found in apples helps prevent colon cancer and lowers cholesterol levels.
Brown rice contains more than seventy antioxidants and keeps all of its nutrients intact, unlike refined white rice.
Blueberries have the highest amount of antioxidants among the berry family. They also have neuroprotective properties that can delay age-related memory loss.
Sea vegetables such as seaweed contain more iron than beef, more calcium than milk, more protein than eggs, and are a rich source of micronutrients. Kelp, dulse, nori and Irish moss are all types of sea vegetables.
Broccoli and cauliflower are crucifers that contain phytonutrients that help cleanse the body of cancer-causing substances.