Secrets of ageless living from centenarians

The secrets to ageless living and longevity may surprise you because they weren't what I expected to find when I started studying the lifestyle of those who lived over 100.  

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10 Ageless living tips from centenarians

  • Have rituals - as I interview centenarians and ask them what their secrets to a long life are, they often tell me..."It's that cigar I smoke every night," or " it's the whiskey I have at sundown."
  • Centenarians are rebels who don't take much medication, or even use medical services much -  they have a quite knowledge about, and trust in, their own bodies. 
  • Don't be chronically distressed about your body size - (the 90+ study done by Dr. Claudia Cawas in California found people who lived long lives were 'overweight' at age 70 - but avoid being too thin or too large).  And Dr. Mario Martinez who has interviewed almost 500 people over the age of 100 around the globe says that while there are no very obese centenarians many of them as 'quite hefty'.  I've often noticed that even at 100 years of age, they have strong looking bodies.  
  • Have a relaxed attitude towards food and eating.  And don't cut out whole food groups - there are apparently no vegan centenarians, nor is there any one diet that all groups of centenarians eat which tells me diet isn't the 'silver bullet' we sometimes are made out to be.  
  • Work on attaining a sense of worthiness.  Those people who live long and strong lives have a deep sense of being worthy of love and belonging even with their imperfections.
  • Have a positive attitude towards aging.  It's been proven to be one of the healthiest longevity habits centenarians have.
  • Don't exercise obsessively - do exercise in moderation,  keep your muscles strong, your body flexible and your balance in tact. 
  • Don't sit alone and watch television.  Get out often and do things.  Meet 'n mingle.  The health and longevity benefits are enormous.
  • Laugh easily, and laugh often.  Those who live ageless lives find life funny and it shows.  There is often a LOT of gentle teasing around them.  They love to tease and banter and it keeps them mentally sharp and alive.
  • Have a life with passion, purpose and meaning and don't let your age define you.

Ageless living, what does it take from a biological perspective to achieve that?  How could you mimic the biology and biochemistry of those people who seem to live forever and stay healthy?  

Think about how these astonishing facts change how you think about the mind-body connection and what they say is possible:

  • Someone with multiple personality disorder can have full blown diabetes in one personality but have no sign of it in another? This says to me that in one state of being your biology can be one way and that it can change completely in another state of being.  What does this potentially mean for health and longevity habits?
  • Women who believed they would have a heart attack were 4x more likely to die than if they didn't believe that (regardless of their weight)? 
  • Simply signaling their biology that they were 20 years younger for a week, had participants looking and feeling younger, and their biological age markers like blood pressure, skin thickness and mental acuity improving significantly.
  • When researchers give people a few doses of a narcotic pain reliever and then replace it with a placebo, patients still get the same pain relief and the same centers of the brain light up?

HEALTH IS WEALTH HEALTH. after all, what use is wealth if you don't have the health and longevity to enjoy it?  

 The oldest ageless living person I've heard of was 256 years old when he died. In 1749, at the age of 71, Li joined the Chinese army as teacher of martial arts.  He was said to be a much-loved figure in his community, marrying 23 times and fathering over 200 children. Li when asked what his secret was to longevity said: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.” 

follow those centenarians....
become a rebel
don't follow the herd
It's how to live and age well

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