Our longevity is decided by a variety of factors. If you don’t know what the term means, it’s our expected lifespan under ideal conditions, although no one’s really sure what these conditions are.
The opinions on what affects our longevity the most are divided. Some scientists think it’s our genetics, while others think it’s all about our diet and lifestyle. Genetics can be ruled out as the driving force behind our longevity – it only accounts for about 30% of our expected lifespan. Diet and lifestyle should be off the table as well – although some vegetarians might live longer, people like Kit Richards defy this theory, and he’s not the only one.
Take this Lebanese man for example – he’s been smoking a whole lot of cigarettes for 80 years and is well and truly healthy at the age of 125. No, it’s not a typo – Suliman Al-Mul is one of the oldest people in the world and even at that age, he’s more agile than most of us. Suliman chops wood every day, cooks, walks more than two miles and even has a 7-year old son, which is probably the most mind-boggling thing about him!
Al-Mul says that the secret to living well over 100 is to eat healthily, be disciplined and ditch the unhealthy habits. He never overeats, doesn’t trust commercial food products and considers honey, ghee, olive oil an elixir to his health. Of course, he couldn’t have lived for so long without a secret recipe. Every day he drinks a special tea made from quinoa, thyme, anise, and carob, and says that it’s what helped him live for that long.
No matter what you believe in, here are a few tips that should increase your longevity:
Consume Fiber-Rich and Fermented Foods More Often
A healthy gut is of vital importance for your overall health. In recent times, it was discovered that an unhealthy gut is the source of many health problems, which is why you need to pay more attention to it. To keep your gut healthy, you need to consume fiber-rich foods as well as probiotics which can be found in fermented foods. Consume kimchi, kombucha, tempeh, miso, pickles, and fermented seafood more often and your gut should be fine.
For those of you wondering if beer is in this category, yes, it is. Make sure not to drink too much of it, however or it’ll have the opposite effect.
Inflammation is one of the major sources of ailments, so it goes without saying that you should supplement your diet with anti-inflammatory supplements. To be more precise, you should consume curcumin more often – when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it can reduce the risk of serious anti-inflammatory ailments for up to 60%.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also powerful anti-inflammatory components which you can find in fish, eggs, chia seeds, linseed oil, sardines, etc.
Meditation can reduce your anxiety and stress levels by a lot, which is why you should practice it every day. You’d be surprised to see that it’ll bring several positive benefits to your health. Even science thinks so after a few studies confirmed meditation’s beneficial effects on our health.
Vitamin D, glutathione, and NAC
According to studies, all three compounds can significantly improve our overall health. NAC is converted to cysteine in our body which improves the absorption of glutathione and improves our overall health. Glutathione, on the other hand, can protect us from cancer and keep your immune system in check.
Latest studies have shown that vitamin D is far more important than anyone thought. Vitamin D deficiency has now been identified as a major risk of several disorders, which is why you should keep the levels of this vitamin in check. Vitamin D will also prevent genetic damage to the body and is as good as free – you can get it by regular daily exposure to the sun.
Recent studies have shown that intermittent fasting can prevent loss of stem cell function and resolve a variety of health problems including diabetes. Intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as primary fuel instead of burning sugar. Over time, it will boost your immune system and help your body fight a variety of health problems, while also helping you shed weight.