Thursday, December 22, 2011

Live longer, live better

According to Dan Buettner, researcher of National Geographic, who published some time ago in his book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest, the financing of the U.S. National Institute on Aging, the secret Longevity is, and is located on the "Blue Zones" where he traveled for five years.

One of them is not far from us: In Sardinia, the famous island of Italy, most centenarians living men in the world.Another, the Okinawa, Japan has the highest healthy life expectancy. In Loma Linda, California, a community of Seventh Day Adventist (religious organization) has life expectancy by 9 to 11 years greater than that of other Americans, and the peninsula of Costa Rica Nikogia mortality in middle age is less than any other.

Although nobody has been able so far to fully decode the human aging process, scientists know that has to do with a complex interaction of genes and environmental factors, while himself Buettner says failed to identify some common elements in the lives of residents the Blue Zones give them more years of life. These have nothing to do with supplements, pills or wine extracts, despite the same lifestyle, which encourages them, willy-nilly, to intense physical activity. Residents of Okinawa, for example, sit on the floor. The Sardinia live in each house and have Costa Rican homes with gardens. Thus forced into small everyday "movements" in the day, which impart a year.

In his book, Dan Buettner, mentioned above, we found even more "secrets" of centenarians in the world, which even if they fail to give us 10 or 20 more years of life, can certainly help us gain a more balanced, quality life, as though it lasted.

* Movement: No need to start training for triathlons or cornered by force in the gym already damaged your daily schedule. It says Buettner, the residents of Blue Zones are active without polyskeftoun. Care of the animals, chopping wood, prune trees, while occupations are far from city life, but can be replaced eg using bicycles instead of cars or the stairs instead of elevators.

* Reduce amount of food: The people of Okinawa implement a form of control of a portion of food called «hara hachi bu» means and how to eat your fill of 80%. Try to apply this practice in your diet and avoid filling your plate completely or leaving some food always finish your meal.

* More herbs: And the four cultural groups examined by Buettner for the book follow a mostly vegetarian diet. The people of Okinawa eat much tofu and tubers, while Sardinia love fava beans and garden vegetables (eg tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, zucchini, etc.). At Loma Linda the community Antvetiston feeds on grains, nuts and seeds, avoiding much salt and processed foods.

* Drink: We've said it before. One to two glasses of red wine a day can extend years of life. And not just red wine.In Costa Rica, for example, prefer the distilled rum, while in Okinawa the traditional drink of sake.

* Find a purpose: If the purpose of waking up is to prevent an important appointment, you must review your lifestyle. Among the populations examined by Buettner, all stressed the importance to have a sense of purpose, "goal" in life. And it's much better when the objective has to do exclusively with the work, which otherwise will not work out for a lifetime. Find, therefore, something that is your life's purpose and then the 60-65.

* Reduce stress: What if we told you before. The Buettner, describing the life of the Seventh Day Adventist, notes how important it is for them the Sabbath. -Stressed as they are, all the work you have to do, never affected the day and closing prayer. The inhabitants of the peninsula Nikogia in Costa Rica, on the other hand, after taking care of his afternoon sleep to go out and talk with friends and acquaintances. We are not saying to get into a religious organization, nor sleep anyway noon, but to find ways that will relieve the stress of everyday life.

* Focus on the Family:Studies have shown that married outlive the self or separated, and those of them are parents live longer than those without children. Grandparents living with their families also tend to have longer life expectancy, from grandparents who live in nursing homes, according to Buettner. Devoting more time to family and creating a family "traditions" will bring you closer and give you happiness, relaxation and ... more life!

* Find the appropriate friends: No need to let those friends have "bad" habits, just look around you. Our friends can influence the diet, weight, and probably our practice. Try, therefore, to spend more time with people who inspire you to take care of yourself, that make you smile and have fun and be amazed at how much better your life.

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