While we haven’t found the fountain of youth, and all the latest diet and fitness fads grow outdated when the newest diets and fitness fads come along.
There does seem to be one source of wisdom that we could pay heed to if we want to figure out how to live longer:
Listen to those who actually have lived the longest. How exactly do some people manage to live up to a century – how do some manage to live even longer than that? What are their secrets, and can we learn from them? We have put together the wisdom of centenarians for you to use in your own life – maybe you will get to live to be over 100 too?
Dr Shigeaki Hinohara – 106 years old
Who better to seek the secrets of longevity from than the oldest working doctor in the world. Dr. Hinohara still teaches throughout Japan and has a philosophy to always keep busy. He has even put his wisdom into a book called “Living Long, Living Good”.
He suggests it is important to always keep your weight at a healthy level. He is the same weight of 60kgs that he maintained when he was in his 30s. To maintain that weight he also believes that keeping busy suppresses hunger, so he can survive on juices for breakfast, biscuits for lunch and rice and fish for dinner, or other meals along that theme.
Feeling good is crucial to his longevity – just like children who forget to eat or sleep when they are having too much fun, he makes sure he too keeps a child-like attitude to life. Contributing to the world is paramount, and sharing your knowledge keeps you as an open fountain of life. Dr Hinohara still lectures till this very day.
He is also a great believer in having a healthy skepticism of doctors, even though he himself is one, and that alternative therapies with music, art and pets are extremely effective at bringing people back to having a positive urge to be alive. He also believes in finding a role model, and sees his father as his. Maybe Dr Hinohara could be yours?
Acciaroli, Italy – the Town filled with Centenarians
In a town with 300 centenarians, there must be priceless secrets that are waiting to be revealed as to how the rest of us can live so long like they all do. The Mediterranean diet is considered a major factor, and also the healthy and active lifestyles they lead.
Not only are they living to be 100, they have barely any Alzheimer’s disease or heart disease amongst them all, which has researchers keen to investigate and study them. Eating locally sourced food – even better if you have grown it in a garden that you tend – is crucial to their dietary habits. Lots of water, olive oil and only a couple of dairy servings per day. Meat and fish only being consumed about twice a week.
But the locals didn’t want to focus on their diet as being the true reason – many suggest it is maintaining romantic love and affection for your husband or wife for your entire lives.
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