Eating Your Way To A Longer, Healthier Life
Each of us wants to live to a ripe old age, but we don’t want to lead tortuous lives to do so. After all, what’s the point of living if we can’t indulge in the simple pleasures like good food, wine wine and general merriment? At some point, however, we developed an unhealthy delineation between enjoying a happy life and leading a healthy lifestyle. There’s an odd consensus that the two must be mutually exclusive but of course nothing could be further from the truth! The key to feeling and looking younger while ensuring that you remain healthy enough to live to a ripe old age isn’t about gruelling exercise regimens, starving yourself of calories or injecting your face with bee venom. Living well to a ripe age is far more enjoyable than that!
Eat your way to long life
Let’s dispel this notion that all calories are bad and that the only way to stay healthy is to restrict our consumption of them. Not only is this myth fundamentally wrongheaded it can be potentially damaging in both the short and the long term. Scraping by on a diet of less than 1000 calories a day (seriously, people do it) can result in a range of health conditions from gallstones to anaemia.
We should not concern ourselves with cutting calories or demonizing whole food groups like fats or carbs, rather we should focus on getting as much nutrition as possible out of the calories we consume. But what are the foods that are the most beneficial for living a long and healthy life? Well, the peoples all along the mediterranean are said to be among the most long lived with an average life expectancy of 89 years. It would be great to live independently for that long, or even with our own home care provider for that matter. Let’s see what they get a lot of…
- Monounsaturated fats and omega 3s- Found in olive oil and oily fish these fats are important for healthy brain function.
- Antioxidants- Found in fruits and green vegetables. These combat the free radicals that can damage our cells.
- Vitamin C- Again found in leafy veggies and fruits this is important for growth and repair of all tissues in the body.
The fountain of youth may contain some water!
If you ever doubted the importance of water to live longer, see how long you can go without any. Staying hydrated by drinking a bare minimum of 2 litres of water a day will ensure your cognitive function by maintaining good brain health, give you a fit and youthful body by carrying more oxygen to your muscle cells and even grant you younger looking skin by keeping it moisturized and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Drink less and drink smarter
Speaking of drinking, it should go without saying that excessive alcohol consumption can have a profound effect on your life expectancy. But this doesn’t mean that you have to become a devout teetotaller to live a long life. Substituting beers and spirits for antioxidant rich red wine can be beneficial to your health… So long as it is consumed in moderation.