Want To Live To 100? Top Tips To Do Exactly That

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8. Eat Breakfast

This sounds trite, but studies show that your body’s metabolism is greatly impacted by your circadian rhythm, so eating breakfast has a huge impact on the way your body processes food throughout the day. Eating breakfast can give us lower levels of insulin, triglycerides, and glucose all day long. This means you will have much lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, all things that tend to mean an earlier death. All these benefits from one little meal.

 

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9. Stay Connected

Keeping in touch with friends and family also seems to have an impact on the number of years you stay on this planet. In Okinawa, centenarians will tell you that family forms a part of their “ikigai” (their reason for living). Rarely do you see centenarians living as hermits. Studies show that feelings of loneliness weaken the immune system. In fact, in one study involving more than 7,000 women, people who felt that they had no friends were as much as 5 times as likely to die from breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer. So keep that Facebook account and put more minutes on your cell phone plan, and call up your family and friends for Sunday dinner.

 

10. Eat More of These

In addition to eating a mainly plant-based diet, most centenarians eat regular amounts of the following foods:

  • Fatty, oily fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel
  • Red wine (one glass per day only)
  • Olive oil
  • Tofu
  • Seafood (shrimp, octopus, crab, squid)
  • Herbal teas
  • Garlic
  • Raw, organic honey
  • Dark chocolate (no more than 1 ounce per day)
  • Cinnamon

Also, many of those who live past 90 say that they generally followed the old adage: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

References:

Pubs.niaaa.nih.gov

Bewell.stanford.edu

Ajcn.nutrition.org

Nia.nih.gov

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One Comment

  1. Kitsy WooWoo

    May 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Interesting article, as was the video of the 110-year old man. As for the breakfast photo, was it the best you could find? A slab of what looks like processed cheese and those croissants made out of white flour — what’s that all about? Also, an egg every morning — no matter what the Paleo people and the egg industray claim — is not the way to go IMO.