I believe we are all born with an amount of time on this planet. The choices we make and the way we choose to live our lives can either take away or add to the amount of time we have in good health. Things like nutrition, exercise, happiness, stress and love all play a big part in our longevity.
How to Grow Old:
4 Lessons To Take From my Grandparents:
Recently I have visited and spoken to all my grandparents. They are all in their late 80′s. My great grandparents have reached ages of way in the 90 years old. This is a really good age to reach, one that many people never see.
I see my grandparents just about every year. After spending a few hours talking to them this year, I wanted to see if there were commonalities between them and the ways in which they lived their lives that have attributed to them reaching the age where they are at now.
Hard work was normal:
Working 12 hour days was nothing exceptional and sometimes even expected. Back in those days people started working hard when they were young and worked mostly until retirement age. Working hard keeps the mind fresh and occupied and the body in action. This means no time to build up fat and lose your fitness.
Not 100% raw, and nothing exceptional. My grandparents enjoy their bread, cheese, yoghurt and chocolates as much as anyone, but all in moderation. A balanced but healthy diet is what helped to get them to the age where they are now. I rarely if at all see them snacking on a Big Mac burger.
Alcohol & Cigarettes:
My grandparents don’t smoke. They hardly drink alcohol with the exception of wine and even this is in moderation. A glass or two with dinner and that is all.
Zest for life:
Things were not always easy. My grandparents experienced the second world war. Things were tough. Yet they worked hard, spent time with the ones they loved and enjoyed life. Stress, sadness and anger take a heavy toll on your body.
A centenarian is someone who is able to celebrate their 100th birthday or birthdays after that. There are actaully quite a number of centenarians around the world, with the USA having the largest number and Japan comes in second.
With today’s medical care it is possible to cure a whole lot of ailments that were never possible to cure before. However, many of these ailments (cardio vascular, diabetes, obesity, cancers) are caused by modern lifestyle of fast food, little exercise and stressful jobs.
Japan has the highest number of centenarians. This is attributed to the vast amount of fish the Japanese consume in their traditional lifestyle / diet. We all know about the essential fatty acids and Omega 3′s found in fish. However, with today’s pollution, heavy consumption of fish is not recommended as a way of reaching an old age. Eating too much polluted fish results in all sorts of ailments and cancers due to the presence of mercury and other poisonous substances absorbed by the fish from the ocean.
How Old Can A Human Become?
The oldest recorded person that has lived on our planet was a woman that reached an age of 122 years and 164 days. Under the right circumstances it is speculated that humans could reach an age of 150 years old.
Medicine and technology is advancing, and we are slowly learning more about the aging process. However, our environment that we are living in right now comes with its drawbacks. Fast-food, polluted waters and fresh produce sprayed with pesticides. Polluted air and stressful lifestyles. These things all make it difficult for our bodies and work against our good health.
There are things you can do:
It does not matter what you do, as long as you stay busy. Of course, if you are building up your business or trying to get something done, then do it effectively and with a plan. Boredom and laziness is what ages the body and mind. If you are not working for the money, then work by doing something you love. Start a project or help others, but just keep busy.
Like I mentioned before, you do not have to eat 100% raw food. Try to avoid junk-food, sugars and processed foods where possible. Having some of those in moderation is not a bad thing.
Avoid Alcohol & Cigarettes:
These are both poisons for the body. They can be nice, and sometimes really hard to give up, but it’s for the better. There are people who smoke and drink daily and reach their 90′s, but I feel that these people should be viewed as exceptions rather than examples. Alcohol and cigarettes cause many types of cancer and take years off your life.
Be Happy & Stress-Free:
Easier said than done of course. Try to reflect on your life every now and then and ask yourself if you are living in a way that is causing you a lot of stress. If so, try to reduce it. Do things that make you happy. Being happy and stress-free is a good way to ensure that your body and mind reach an old age.
There is no guarantee that by following these steps that you will become a centenarian and reach 100 years old in good health. Life is pretty unpredictable and that is what makes it fun and exciting. I do think that by following these steps I outlined above, you will greatly increase your chances of reaching an old age in good health.