We all want to live forever, especially if we can live those years healthy and with lots of energy. How do we do it? Well science provides us some suggestions but there is no better insight than that from those who have done it successfully. So what do healthy people over 100 years old have in common besides longevity genes? Here is what they say:

  • Lifestyle secrets to a long life and exerciseThey like fruits and vegetables… and have all of their lives
  • They eat a lot of antioxidant rich foods
  • They ate very little saturated fats and red meats
  • Most say they were never over weight or obese
  • They did not smoke or if they did they quit early in life
  • Most report managing stress and worry
  • They report being active most of their lives

What’s the single best thing you can do to ensure healthy aging? EXERCISE. Elderly people who have been regularly active throughout their lives suffer less loss of brain tissue and have better cognitive function than their inactive peers. So how much exercise do you have to do? Well, its hard to say for sure but it seems burning 1000-1700 calories per week will decrease disease risk by 30%. Thirty to sixty minutes a day for 5 days a week should accomplish that.

Of course living a  healthy long life is desirable, but most of us don’t want to look like we have. We want young, smooth, glowing skin. Lots of creams and products are sold promising to help us achieve that youthful glow. But beauty starts on the inside, so if you really want to look younger and offset those years in the sun better start with your plate. Foods high in antioxidants and polyphenols, probiotics, prebiotics and omega 3 fatty acids. Great but what does that mean? Well here are some foods that are sure to make you feel great and may even save you money in anti aging creams.

Tomatoes                                       Carrots                          Pumpkin

Sweet potatoes                             Mango                          Papaya

Watermelon                                   Onions                          Grapes with the skins

Salmon                                            Olive oil                         Skim milk

Plain or vanilla yogurts                 Soy bean                      Green tea

Red wine                                          Citrus                            Dark leafy greens like spinach and collards

Flax seed                                          Whole grains

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