How to live a longer healthy life

To live a longer healthy life, you should eat wisely, stay active and have active relationships with family and friends.

longevity village
If you would like to live a longer healthy life, then the Wall Street Journal is offering you Tips for a Long, Healthy Life from ‘Longevity Village’.  (This may require you to subscribe to view the article.) Dr. John Day shares lessons from his travels to a Chinese village known for its centenarians called Bapan. With a population of about 550, it has around one centenarian for every 100 people living there. The average ratio of centenarians in the U.S. is 1 in 5,780. It draws on material from a book, “The Longevity Plan,” written with Jane Day, to be published on July 4 by HarperCollins (like The Wall Street Journal owned by News Corp).

In Bapan, people age very slowly and don’t struggle with obesity; villagers in their 90s and even 100s are often still out in their gardens and farms. There is virtually no heart disease or cancer. Dementia is all but unheard of.

Their secrets are:
  • A good diet free of added sugars and processed foods
  • Physical activity with almost every waking moment of their lives spent in motion
  • Smile more
  • Rethink stress
  • Don’t forget to play
  • Look forward to aging, the best years of your life

Those who have researched the best way to age will not be surprised at these tips. If you visit the website, they recommend the top 10 habits shown in the image below to give you a longer, healthier life.

10 habits for a longer lifeThey also suggest 15 Eating Habits that will help you live longer. Again there are few surprises here.

  • Get 95% of your food from plants
  • Consume meat no more than twice a week
  • Eat up to 3 ounces of fish daily
  • Cut back on dairy
  • Enjoy up to three eggs per week
  • Add a half cup of cooked beans every day
  • Switch to sourdough or whole-wheat
  • Slash your sugar consumption
  • Snack on two handfuls of nuts per day
  • Stick with foods that are recognizable for what they are
  • Up your water intake
  • When you drink alcohol, make it red wine
  • Drink green tea
  • Get your caffeine fix from coffee
  • Perfect protein pairings

Blue Zones

All this is hardly new. In our sister publication Senior Health Memos, some years back we published an article on How To Live To Be 100.

That included a 19 minutes video of a talk given by Dan Buettner in 2009. He and his team had been studying the world’s “Blue Zones” in collaboration with National Geographic. These are communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting ages. They include Nuoro province in the island of Sardinia, the archipelago of Okinawa and a community of Seventh-Day Adventists concentrated in and around Loma Linda, California.

In the video he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them all spry past age 100. Perhaps there is no surprise that it is very much the same message as we saw In that Chinese Village of Bapan. Here is that video:

The Natural Health Revolution

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