In recent times, a lot of people have been actively finding ways to stay healthy and live longer. Some folks go on yo-yo dieting in order to lose weight and stay fit. Others take up some form of exercise. Some also go to the extreme, and undergo surgical procedures to shed some of their unwanted fat deposits in their bodies, so that they will feel good when they go out into the public arena.
Because of the fact that so many people now want to find the best way to stay healthy and live longer, dietitians and health experts have been having field days, and have been choking us with so many “dos” and “don’ts.” Sometimes you don’t even know what to believe in. One research finding will come out telling us to avoid some types of foods, another research findings will come out to refute them. One group of experts will tell you that “carbs” are not good for your health, and the next day or so, another group will come out and tell you that “carbs” are good for your health. Which way should we go then? There is confusion everywhere, when it comes to foods that keep you healthy and make you live longer.
So what do we do then? Do we just give up and eat anything and everything because we will die anyway? Well, I think not, because it is unpleasant to get sick and go to the hospital and get tons of prescription drugs which only add more woes to your health problems.
Today, I would like to share with you, the top 5 places in the world where people live the longest, in order to see and learn for ourselves what makes them live long and healthy live.
They are as follows:
1. Okinawa, Japan
In Okinawa – an archipelago 360 miles off the coast of Japan – you’ll find the world’s highest prevalence of proven centenarians: 740 out of a population of 1.3 million. Okinawan seniors not only have the highest life expectancy in the world, but also the highest health expectancy: they remain vigorous and healthy into old age, suffering relatively few age-related ailments.
Secrets of Longevity: Widespread gardening provides an opportunity for exercise, sunlight and nutritious food, and Okinawans follow an old adage that says “eat until you are 80% full” instead of gorging. They also have a sense of purpose, a positive outlook on life and close social support groups called moais.
2. Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia is an island 120 miles off the coast of Italy where the men – mostly farmers and shepherds – are particularly long-lived. In fact, just one town of 1,700 people, Ovodda, boasts five centenarians.
Secrets of Longevity: Although part of the reason for Sardinia’s longevity may be genetic, they also have the opportunity to follow that healthy Mediterranean diet, as well as consuming lots of goats’ milk and cheese. They walk a lot, but they also take time for leisure, and maintain a positive attitude and sense of humor about life.
3. Loma Linda, California
60 miles east of Los Angeles, Loma Linda is a community that includes about 9,000 Seventh-Day Adventists – a religious group that is significantly longer-lived than the average American. Adventist culture is focused on healthful habits such as vegetarianism, and warns against alcohol and smoking.
Secrets of Longevity: Besides the healthful habits integral to their belief system, Adventists eat lots of nuts, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and tend to maintain a healthy weight. They nurture emotional and spiritual health, value their family relationships, and prize volunteering.
4. Nicoya, Costa Rica
The remote Nicoya peninsula has an inland community in which middle-age mortality is surprisingly low: a man at age 60 has about twice the chance of reaching age 90 than a man living in the U.S. They also have the lowest rates of cancer in Costa Rica.
Secrets of Longevity: Their plan de vida or sense of purpose in life encourages a lifestyle that is physically active, with plenty of time outdoors as well as time spent on family and spirituality. They sleep 8 hours. And their diet includes not only nutrient-rich foods like colorful fruit, beans, rice and corn, but also water that’s naturally high in calcium and magnesium.
5. Ikaria, Greece
Ikaria is a Greek island 35 miles off the coast of Turkey. Like Nicoya, they’ve got a lot of nonagenarians: people there are three times more likely to reach 90 than Americans are. According to the Blue Zones website, “Chronic diseases are a rarity in Ikaria. People living in this region have 20% less cancer, half the rate of cardiovascular disease and almost no dementia!”
Secrets of Longevity: Boasting a mineral hot springs, Ikaria has been a health destination for centuries. Its residents stay active through walking, farming and fishing, but they also make sure to take time out to nap and socialize. In addition to their Mediterranean diet, they eat a lot of wild greens and drink an herbal tea that’s full of nutrients. Their community lifestyle also encourages good health habits and regular social engagement.
The above information courtesy of a post in A Place for Mom by Dana Larsen
Now looking at the secrets of longevity in the top five places where people live the longest, we can see similar patterns:
1. Healthy diet: – the people of all these 5 places have a habit of eating healthy diet, mainly, plant based.Fresh vegetables and fruits.
2. Exercise: – they share a common trait of active lifestyle; they actively get involved with using their feet and hands, which suggests that, laziness kills! If you are too lazy to get moving, you will get stuck and die early.
3. Sharing: – they have an attitude of generosity. They get involved in community activities, sharing whatever they have with others. Their selfless attitude helps them to give their time, money, things and anything they can offer, to help those in need. This means that selfish people may not live long! Give those things that you don’t need to those who really need them and you will have a sense of satisfaction and an accomplished life; life full of joy and pleasant memories. Life shared is much more fulfilling!
4. Purposeful life: – they live life with a purpose. If you live a life with a purpose, you are mindful of everything you do. You will not engage in harmful habits that will bring destructive consequences to your life. You will live a moderate life that will keep you safe for as long as it lasts.
5. Good rest: – lastly, the folks in these 5 places make sure that they have a good rest after all their activities. Your body has the ability to heal itself natural if you give it a rest to do just that.
A lot happens in your body while you sleep. When you get your ZZZs, you cycle between REM and non-REM sleep.
REM stands for rapid eye movement. During REM sleep, your eyes move quickly in different directions. That doesn’t happen during non-REM sleep.
There are three phases of non-REM sleep. Each stage can last from 5 to 15 minutes. You go through all three phases before reaching REM sleep.
Stage 1: Your eyes are closed, but it’s easy to wake you up. This phase may last for 5 to 10 minutes.
Stage 2: You are in light sleep. Your heart rate slows and your body temperature drops. Your body is getting ready for deep sleep.
Stages 3: This is the deep sleep stage. It’s harder to rouse you during this stage, and if someone woke you up, you would feel disoriented for a few minutes.
During the deep stages of NREM sleep, the body repairs and regrows tissues, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens the immune system.
As you get older, you sleep more lightly and get less deep sleep. Aging is also linked to shorter time spans of sleep, although studies show you still need as much sleep as when you were younger. (https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-101)
In conclusion, it is obvious that if you follow these simple ways of life, you will not need to worry about health problems, and will enjoy long, healthy life. So take control of life!
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