Tag Archives: longevity

Vitamin D is good for you

6 Nov

 But a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says low levels of vitamin D may be associated with something many of us want: longevity.

researchers looked at 380 families with at least two siblings over 90 years old, their offspring and their offspring’s partners, who could help researchers understand the influence of genetics compared with that of environmental factors, since spouses would share the latter but not the former.

Researchers measured vitamin D levels and examined the influence of genetic variation in a handful of genes linked to vitamin D levels.

After controlling for age, sex, body mass index, time of year, kidney function and supplement use, which can all influence a person’s vitamin D levels, researchers discovered that low levels of vitamin D may be a good thing, at least when it comes to living longer.

“We found that familial longevity was associated with lower levels of vitamin D and a lower frequency of allelic variation in the CYP2R1 gene, which was associated with higher levels of vitamin D,” Dr. Diana van Heemst, one of the study’s authors, said in a release.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/low-vitamin-d-levels-may-be-a-factor-in-living-longer/article4941542/

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Paradise Island where living is easy

31 Oct

Ikaria, an island of 99 square miles and home to almost 10,000 Greek nationals, lies about 30 miles off the western coast of Turkey. Its jagged ridge of scrub-covered mountains rises steeply out of the Aegean Sea. Before the Christian era, the island was home to thick oak forests and productive vineyards. Its reputation as a health destination dates back 25 centuries, when Greeks traveled to the island to soak in the hot springs near Therma. In the 17th century, Joseph Georgirenes, the bishop of Ikaria, described its residents as proud people who slept on the ground. “The most commendable thing on this island,” he wrote, “is their air and water, both so healthful that people are very long-lived, it being an ordinary thing to see persons in it of 100 years of age.”

Seeking to learn more about the island’s reputation for long-lived residents, I called on Dr. Ilias Leriadis, one of Ikaria’s few physicians, in 2009. On an outdoor patio at his weekend house, he set a table with Kalamata olives, hummus, heavy Ikarian bread and wine. “People stay up late here,” Leriadis said. “We wake up late and always take naps. I don’t even open my office until 11 a.m. because no one comes before then.” He took a sip of his wine. “Have you noticed that no one wears a watch here? No clock is working correctly. When you invite someone to lunch, they might come at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. We simply don’t care about the clock here.”

Read the full story here

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/the-island-where-people-forget-to-die.html?WT.mc_

Jack Lalanne – father of fitness – lessons worth learning

31 Jan

Some might say there are people who is alive at more than 100 years and do not do exercise but we have to look at the life in the years of a person than the other way around. What’s the use of living on a couch, can’t do much, can’t enjoy life, just being there like a burden to others. That’s not living, that’s existing, just breathing . Jack was healthy to his dying day – now that’s what living is all about. We should all go out like a light bulb.  I would urge you to get active, eat fresh foods, eat simply and enjoy your life.

1. Weightlifting is good: Jack faced a lot of criticism from the medical establishment for this one.

2. “If man made it, don’t eat it.”: This was one of Jack’s famous quotes. He also said, “If it tastes good, spit it out.”

3. Your body can handle a lot more exercise than you think:

4. Focus on functionality:

5. Fitness is fun:

6. Use it or lose it:

7. If you have lost it, you can get it back:

8. Find out what you’re capable of:

9. Be a good example to others:.

10. Never stop being active:  Jack lived active, spry, and amazing for 96 years.

Read more, click on the link below.

http://www.chatelaine.com/en/article/23796–10-things-we-learned-from-jack-lalanne

Tips from Oprah’s Dr. Oz to staying healthy and perhaps living longer

17 Jul

Step 1: Find a doctor and schedule a checkup –  at least once a year

Step 2: Know the five ingredients to avoid –  High fructose corn syrup, sugar, enriched, transfat and saturated fat (fats from animals)  – include omeg 3 Fats, flaxseed

Step 3: The healthy foods to add to your diet – blueberries, squash, prunes, broccoli, tomatoes, soyabeans, kidney beans, walnuts, scallops, olive oil, oatmeal, raspberry

Step 4: Take a multivitamin every single day – with at least 2,500  unit vit. A (postmenopausal) or 5000 units vit A (pre-menopausal)

Step 5: Know your numbers – blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, waiste, height bmi

Step 6: Find a health advocate

Step 7: Organize your medical records

Step 8: Get the medical tests you need

Step 9: Start exercising – start with walking and then move up from there.

Step 10: Get seven to eight hours of sleep a night

This information is not new but it helps to refresh our memory.Adherring to a  healthy lifestyle is not difficult if we stick to the plan as much as possible. We are humans and we will trip up but don’t give up, there is always tomorrow to start again.

Eating less may spell better health

10 Jul

According to recent study there appears to be some benefit that may accrue to humans by consuming less calories than we actually need. The research was conducted using rhesus monkeys which are close enough to humans and the results, though not supported by  all scientists in the field of anti-aging, appears to show some promise nonetheless.  Read the article in the NYT

Email worth sharing – take what you need

20 Oct

Fruits and the role they play in good health

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not so easy as you think. It’s important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

 IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS!
 FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH
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If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.
 
FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.

 Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so. In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

 So please eat your fruits on an EMPTY STOMACH or BEFORE your meals! You have heard people complaining – every time I eat water-melon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat banana I feel like running to the toilet etc.Actually all this won’t arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

 Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst and dark circles under the eyes all these will not happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach. There is no such thing as some fruits like orange and lemon are acidic because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton, who did research on this matter. If you’ve mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight. When you need to drink fruit juice, drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste! Cooking destroys all the VITAMINS. But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, be cause you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits, drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you’ll be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!
 
KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E & fiber. Its Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.
 
APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack and stroke.
 
STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits and protects the body from cancer-causing, blood vessels-clogging free radicals.
 
ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones, as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.
 
WATERMELON: Coolest Thirst Quencher composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They’re also a key source of lycopene, the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are Vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for Vitamin C. They’re the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, which is good for your eyes.
Drinking Cold Water after meals = CANCER!

 Can you believe this?
 For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

As I said before, take what you need from this and let the others go for a moment.

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