I’m not talking about wasting away your most senior years in a nursing home but keeping strong , mobile, and energized to keep rolling along during your advanced years.
It can be that way if you adjust your lifestyle in some of the ways others do on this good earth who are living longer and healthier.
So why not? Look at people living well as centenarians. This just means adjusting your lifestyle doing what they do.
Let’s look how the oldest people achieve longevity and avoid the weakness and fragility that so often comes with aging. Researchers have been studying specific elderly groups of people in different parts of the world for decades.
Places like Okinawa, Japan; the Barbagia region of Sardinia, Italy; a Seventh-Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, Calif.; and the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. There are other places as well.
All the folks who live in these places live longer than in other locations. Why?
Take Okinawa, for instance, which the Japanese call “The Land of the Immortals.” These Okinawans have one of the longest average life expectancies in the world. Men live an average of 78 years and women 86 years.
The also have the longest spans without disability—on average 72.3 years for men and 77.7 for years for women.
Most important, these Okinawns have one-fifth the rate of heart disease, one-forth the rate of breast and prostate cancer and one-third the rate of dementia. They also suffer fewer strokes.
What’s the secret? These people grow their own gardens of fruits and vegetables—year around because of the mild climate. They eat fresh produce with every meal.
They also eat very little meat and small quantities of fish
They use turmeric (a powerful antioxidant) in their cooking which includes garlic, onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
Living longer is also noted on our own shores with the Seventh-Day Adventist community in California.
These people no only avoid meat, but all sources of caffeine, alcohol and stimulant spices. They also eat many vegetables and nuts of various kinds.
Consequently, studies of this population have revealed a very low incidence of all cancers, less heart disease and lower rates of diabetes.
Longevity is not only about the food these groups consume. These people thrive on strong social ties from family and community groups. Sociability is evident among all long living groups around the world.
So in addition to diet, social contacts, —often a lifetime of hard physical labor contributes of the longevity of these people.
In fact, for the Okinawans, there’s not a word for “retire”. These people continue to work until they are no longer able.
Moderate exercise is essential to prevent hip fractures and crippling leg weakness that is common among the inactive elderly in our society.
Moderate exercise that includes walking, bike riding, swimming and also weight training and resistance exercises can prevent osteoporosis and fractures so common among seniors in our society.
One overlooked factor to live longer is sweating. With AC in our homes and cars in our society, most people literally have to go out of their way to sweat. Yet, sweating removes poisons like mercury from our bodies. People living in the high zones of longevity are accustomed to sweating.
Another way to preserve your life longer is drinking plenty of water. Many people are dehydrated daily and don’t even realize it. A recent study found that if a man drinks 5 to 6 glasses of water a day it reduces his risk of a fatal heart attack by 60 to 70 percent.
Finally, the mental factor in aging has to be recognized as discovered in these global areas of long-livers.
People in our society work themselves to death persuading fame, wealth, social position, and power. One aspect many miss on the way up is happiness. Researchers have found critical factors like a religious faith, strong family bonds, close social relationships, a special time to rest daily and having a purpose in life are most important.
Many people have spent a lifetime doing damage to their bodies and their self-contentment. Some of these blog suggestions here can make a big difference in your health and longevity. It’s never too late to begin your healthiest lifestyle possible.