6 Tips To See A Century.

20 Feb

More and more people are living to and past 100 years of age these days, I feel like every other day I am reading about a 105 or 106 year or person. I love reading those stories about how life used to be. The heartache, the happiness, everything that life entails, I cannot imagine looking back at my life at age 100 but I hope one day that I am blessed to 🙂  Now since getting extra old is all the rage, it is being studied quite a bit so I figured why not toss out six tips on how to see a century. Everything from our weight to what we eat effects how long and how well we will live. This is what I got so far…

6 Tips To See A Century…

1- Stop Yo-Yo Dieting.

It is no secret that yo-yo dieting is very, very bad for our bodies especially for our heart. You may not think that losing 10lbs for a wedding only to put 15 back on is no big deal but it is. Losing and gaining weight can raise your blood pressure, in turn putting you at risk for heart disease. In fact studies show that people who lose and gain those same 10 pounds over and over again are 2.5 times more likely to develop kidney cancer than those who do no yo-yo diet.

2- Eat Watermelon.

Similar to tomatoes in what they offer, watermelon actually offers more protection than tomatoes do. Filled with lycopene, which has been shown to help fight cancer and heart disease, watermelon also keeps our hearts healthy with arginine. Arginine helps to keep our arteries healthy, this is especially important to women who heart disease is the number one killer of. To reap the best benefits that watermelon has to offer, eat it chilled for higher lycopene levels.

3- Cook At Home.

Cooking at home and enjoying it is a theme that many people living past 100 have in common. No matter how you slice it, whatever you order at a restaurant, even if it is the same thing you make at home, will be higher in fat, sodium and sugar plus it will also be a bigger portion. All of those restaurant meals add up over time causing you to gain weight and ingest more additives than you bargained for.

4- Eat Brown Rice.

Brown rice is a staple in many parts of the world. Those parts of the world report fewer diseases and longer lifespans. Brown rice is packed with magnesium and has 2x the fiber of white rice. Even better if you cook rice until it is al dente. The chewier texture of the rice keeps it lower on the glycemic, meaning it will not spike your insulin. Insulin spikes have been known to lead to chronic inflammation which is linked to heart disease and arthritis.

5- Stay Slim.

Almost all of the men who reach 100 are slim as are the women, there are very few obese people making it to 100 years old. By holding onto extra pounds you leave yourself susceptible to life threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and even some kinds of cancer. Obesity has also been shown to negatively impact the immune system which makes you more likely to get sick. By the time we hit middle age our weight becomes a big issue. This is when those extra pounds really start to hurt us, dementia and Alzheimer’s start to form and we spend the next half of our live in misery.

6- Go Vegetarian.

The fruits and veggies that vegetarians live off of are packed with antioxidants that help fight aging in the body 24-7. The saturated fat in meat is one of the biggest causes of issues in the American diet, vegetarians totally get to miss this epidemic and keep it moving. Saturated fat in meat has been directly linked to obesity and dementia. In the places with the most 100 plus year old people, meat is not an option or is served as a side dish. You can add almost 4 years to your life for every 20 years you eat a vegetarian diet 🙂


2 Responses to “6 Tips To See A Century.”

  1. davebrown9 February 20, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    “Saturated fat in meat has been directly linked to obesity and dementia.”

    What is the scientific evidence behind this claim? I Googled “saturated fat dementia” and the item at the top of the list was this: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201109/dementia-and-other-stories-how-saturated-fat-is-good-you

    Further down the list I found this comment under the heading “causes of Alzheimer’s and Dementia”:

    “…free radicals (i.e. oxidative stress)…diet, which is high in bad fats (e.g. trans-fatty acids) and low in good fats (e.g. omega-3). This includes taking certain kinds of fats (e.g. saturated fats) frequently. such as eating peanut butter regularly…” http://www.cancertutor.com/Alzheimers/Alzheimers.html

    Admittedly, the second web page was poorly edited but note the mention of peanut butter. I nearly did myself in consuming peanut butter almost daily for decades. http://theconsciouslife.com/omega-6-friend-or-foe.htm

    Peanuts are high in omega-6s which are far more likely to contribute to “oxidative stress” than saturated fats. In fact, saturated fats can’t contribute to oxidative stress because they are chemically stable.

    Trans fats, by definition, are either mono or polyunsaturated fat molecules which can, indeed, be oxidized.

    For further discussion I suggest these web pages:

    If it were put to a vote, I would cast mine for omega-6 intake because, circumstantially, increased omega-6 intake is connected to the almost every sort of pathology on the increase throughout the world. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201103/your-brain-omega-3 To be sure, the percentage of animal products in food intake increases with rising affluence but at a far lower rate than omega-6 industrial seed oils. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-09-28/news/0309270148_1_overweight-or-obese-women-were-overweight-south-africa

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