Would you like to live forever?
Immortality might not be practical, but how about living to be 100 or 120? We read about people, who live that long. Why not you? There are plenty of opinions on longevity. Let’s look at some possibilities.
The latest plan to hit the news is calorie restriction. It seems to be working for the lab monkeys; maybe it can work for you. When we look at the fat monkey, his hair is thinning, and he doesn’t have any energy. He looks like he has a hangover. The underfed monkey looks vibrant. He has a thick coat of hair, and he looks like he is ready to dance until dawn. Currently, some people are trying to restrict their calories to live longer. Time will tell. If it doesn’t turn out to be effective, it would be a big sacrifice to constantly be hungry. This would not be realistic for most people.
The starving yourself theory is similar to the very low fat diet. It may not be practical, and we know that larger amounts of healthy fat are beneficial. Getting enough essential fatty acids is necessary. If people restrict their fat intake, they may eat too many carbohydrates. Too many calories could lead to excess weight, which may not be helpful.
Theories come and go regarding vitamin and mineral supplements. Is taking an arsenal of pills any way to live? Should you take a handful of antioxidants every day? Antioxidants may protect your body from aging, but is it the specific nutrient or how it interacts with food? Some supplements are known to increase the risk of cancer. This would defeat the purpose.
How about doing the best you can by eating healthy foods and getting physical activity? Use it or lose it. Look at Jack LaLanne. He is in his 90s and still works out a couple of hours a day. The heart is a muscle just like arm or leg muscles. Physical activity keeps the heart strong. Jack LaLanne also eats a lot of natural fruits and vegetables. He gets his nutrition from real food. This seems to be a sensible approach to living.
Do you have a plan to live longer, or are you just winging it? It seems attitude also has an impact on living longer. Get the most out of your life. Be good to your mind and your body. If your goal is to be a centenarian, be happy, eat healthy, and get physical activity starting today.