Want To Live Longer? Eat More Fruits And Vegetables, For Starters
Posted Jun 15 2009 12:00am
A new book by author Dan Buettner, sponsored by National Geographic, covers the topic of cultures and societies who live longer and what lifestyle habits they have to provide such longevity. In his book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From People Who've Lived the Longest, the author covers the globe in search of habits and lessons about the people who attain a higher level of longevity relative to the rest of the world. His travels took him to Costa Rica, Italy, and many places in between. What may be expected in such a project, shows longevity has to do with the simplest of things - vitamins , nutrition, rest, simple exercises - as the main reasons for sustaining a higher quality of life for longer than 'normal'.
Yet one common quality of those places where longevity seems to escape its residents, is obesity. Being overweight or obese brings a host of health problems that not only diminish the quality of life but reduce the number of expected years of life. One town was singled out to give attention to, and provide some help for, the compromised health of the residents. Albert Lea, Minnesota is wraught with high obesity rates, and that brings with it hypertension, diabetes, and other health problems. The lessons learned from Buettner's travels are being taught to the residents of Albert Lea in hopes of turning things around.
The simplified conclusion of these lessons make good health sound like a recipe that anyone can follow, with the right motivation. They include...
Eating more fruits and vegetables.
Getting plenty of sleep, relaxation, and even an occasional nap.
Walking to destinations instead of driving, if possible.
The first of these recommendations is not unusual nor should it be surprising, considering how many people lack proper nutrition, and the fact that the best nutrition for good health comes from fruits and vegetables. When compared to those people who live longer, and obviously enjoy better health, the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed by those who are below the average lifespan, falls well short of what's to be expected for even an average lifespan. And of all the things that could possibly contribute to a higher lifespan, this is listed first. Could that mean it is the most important? Probably. Even if it isn't, it is the best place to start considering how many other foods and beverages are contributing to the demise of the health of so many citizens across the globe.
Coupled with more rest, which interestingly includes an afternoon nap to re-charge the body and mind, along with a simple regimen of exercise - walking - and you've got a recipe for better health and higher longevity.
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Want to be healthy and live longer? Start with more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet!
Dr. J. Patrick Havey The Health & Wellness Institute, PC Official Juice Plus+ Distributor Providing Healthy Solutions For A Healthy Lifestyle, Since 1995