Living to 100
Year after year, life span continues to increase. Those born 100 years ago would typically live to the ripe old age of 50 years. However, children born this year are expected to live longer than 80 years.
A study of these centurions (one of the fastest growing segments of our population) reveals some general guidelines that you can use to help you live longer naturally:
- Be born a female. Hard to do much about this, but it appears that females have been outliving males for centuries. Since you can’t do much about your gender or genetics, there are other practical steps you can take to enhance your lifespan.
- Stay married. It turns out that statistically, married people live longer than single people. Married men live, on average, 10 years longer than nonmarried men, and married women live about four years longer than nonmarried women.
- Eat less. Research shows that life expectancy can actually double if you reduce your food intake by 40%. Besides lengthening your life, calorie restriction seems to improve resistance to disease.
- Avoid tea and coffee. Caffeine, a nervous system stimulant, can raise the heart rate. One study has shown that heavy coffee drinkers were two to three times more likely than nondrinkers to develop coronary heart disease.
- Pass up refined sugar. Sugar can speed the aging process and compromise the function of your immune system.
- Use little salt. Like cutting out sugar, getting used to salt-free tastes will take some getting used to. But it’s worth it if you want to live longer.
- Reduce protein intake. Excess protein stresses the body, increases the acid level of the body and reduces your ability to fight disease.
- Regular exercise. No need for a gym membership. Brisk walking improves circulation, metabolism and emotional well-being.
Regardless of how long you live or how well you live, it’s better to burn out than rust out. Don’t take a single day for granted!