The Good Life
Last week in school we had a class on anti-aging and I thought you might be interested in what I learned. Turns out, lots of spiecies live to be ten times their age at puberty. For us humyns, generalizing that we hit puberty at 12, would suggest that we're built to live to 120. And it's not unheard of - studies have been done on populations who've lived past the age of 100 to identify the key components of their lifestyle. I think this stuff's downright fascinating because it encourages us to look at our priorities in this day and age, in this culture. It's not some miracle, it's actually quite simple - not easy necessarily, but simple.
These people who were studied (I think the book's called The Longer Life, btw):
1. Ate frugally.
When one eats less, one can live longer. Eating puts stress on your organs; when organs are less stressed, and when they detoxify, they are able to process better and can extract more nutrients from less food. They also ate high quality foods (unrefined whole foods, non-pesticided, etc).
2. Had a congenial occupation.
They were artists, writers, scientists... they never retired because they loved what they did.
3. Consumed healthful fluids.
Coffee? Soda pop? I don't think so. Try filtered or spring water, fresh pressed organic fruit and vegetable juices, herbal teas...
4. Spent time outdoors.
They had a love of nature, and enjoyed spending time in nature.
5. Abstained from stimulants and sedatives.
Again with the coffee... and the sugar and the alcohol and the....
6. Got adequate sleep.
Imagine actually getting to bed by 11pm?
7. Lived in temperate climates.
Cold climates put stress on the body. Bring on the Toronto winter.
8. Enjoyed a reasonable sex life.
It seems people who live on long-term healthy relationships live longer - so pairing off has more benefits than providing you with a date for national holidays.
9. Sought medical attention when needed.
And I don't think we're just talking aobut alopathic practitioners here.
10. Practiced good hygiene.
Are you flossing daily?
11. Developed a placid and easy-going personality.
Meditation, anger management, self-help... it'll save yer life.
12. Had an active lifestyle.
Ah-ha there's the exercise.
Pretty interesting, no?
Think it'll motivate you to take a new look at the way you go about your life?