Simple Tricks to Boost Your Odds of a Long Life
Children born in the U.S. today can expect to live an average of 78 years. That’s quite a jump from 1930’s average life span of just 60 years. So we’ve come a long way…
But those numbers are an average for everyone. And I think you’ll agree that there’s a lot of variation among people. And when you look a little closer, you’ll find all sorts of numbers linked to how long people live.
For example, Korean researchers have found that your job may affect how long you can expect to live. Ministers/clergy were at the top of their list (82 years, on average). Entertainers were at the rock bottom (65 years).
Number crunchers look at lifespans by where people live, too. Okinawans are famous for their long lives. So are the Hunzas of Pakistan. Here in the U.S., Hawaii tops the list for long lives. But such diverse states as Iowa, Kansas and Massachusetts are also near the top of the list.
We’re always looking for advantages to enjoy longer, healthier lives. But all these numbers can just add to the confusion. Just because folks in Hawaii tend to live longer doesn’t mean moving there will give you any extra years.
The only number that really counts when it comes to your lifespan is 1. And that one is you. No matter where you live – or what your job may be – you can take a few simple steps to increase your chances of living longer.
Here are a few…
Don’t diet. Just eat smart. Diets don’t work. If they did, all those companies selling diet plans would have gone out of business long ago. So forget the diet. Just eat smart. And here’s where you can pick up a trick from a group that’s proven it works: the Okinawans.
People in Okinawa eat lots of fresh veggies and fruit, lean protein (especially fish) and whole grain – mostly rice. They also practice something called “Hara Hachi Bu.” In simple terms, it means they only eat till they’re 80% full.
If you’re already overweight, a nutritional supplement such as Hoodia can help. People who take Hoodia report they don’t feel hungry. And, of course, when you don’t eat so much, you’ll lose weight. It’s a great way to get started with Hara Hachi Bu.
Never stop learning. This may sound a little crazy, but education seems to make a difference. Americans with the most education tend to live longer – up to 14 years longer – than those with the least.
According to university researchers, it’s almost as if there are “two Americas.” And the educated America is living a lot longer.
Of course, they don’t believe it’s the education itself that makes the difference. But it seems to lead people to make healthier choices overall. And they do suggest one way to close the gap would be to make education a life-long process.1
Get moving. This is probably the most obvious trick for increasing your chances of enjoying more healthy years. It’s a case of “use it or lose it.”
Dutch doctors went through the records of more than 5,200 people who took part in the Framingham Heart Study. When they compared lifespans, there was a clear benefit to being active. Folks who were very active lived about 4 years longer than those who weren’t very active.2
And if you think four years doesn’t sound like much, look at it this way… Four years Is long enough to earn a college degree. With your summers off.
Take a natural multivitamin. Taking vitamins for health is controversial. Some studies fall on either side of the question. Almost all of the well-designed studies I’ve seen show nutritional supplements provide clear benefits.
And one of those studies involves telomeres.
I’ve written to you about these little “caps” that protect your genetic material before. When they wear out, the cell they’re in can’t divide any more. So cells with longer telomeres tend to last longer. Many scientists believe this may be a key to fighting aging.
And here’s the thing: Studies show people who take a multivitamin have longer telomeres.3 So just taking a multi may help you fight the aging effects of time.
You can’t change where you were born. And it may not be easy to switch careers. But there are many ways you can boost your chances of enjoying more healthy years. When they’re this simple, why not?
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 “More Education, Socioeconomic Benefits Equals Longer Life,” University of Illinois at Chicago. Aug 6, 2012.
2 Jonker, J.T., et al, “Physical Activity and Life Expectancy With and Without Diabetes: Life table analysis of the Framingham Heart Study,” Diabetes Care. Jan 2006; (29)1: 38-43.
3 Xu, Q., et al, “Multivitamin use and telomere length in women,” Am J Clin Nutr. Jun 2009; 89(6): 1857–1863.