Want to live long? Well, there are those who swear they have the know-how to do so, and we decided to take 9 of those tips for you to peruse and possibly follow. Some may be no-brainers, others more controversial, but adding just a couple of these tidbits to your daily routine could very well add years to your life and improve your overall well-being.
Here’s a controversial one, as well as seemingly questionable given the joy so many couples find, but here ya go! Jessie Gallan, a 109-year-old in Scotland, has stated that “staying away from men” was her secret to longevity. Perhaps the ordeals of childbearing, housekeeping, and men’s philandering were some of the stresses Jessie is referring to when it comes to what men bring to a woman’s life. Of course the hardships are supposed to be balanced out by the good, but guess some women feel differently.
Lack Of Vanity
Plastic surgeons around the world are gasping at this one! Adelina Domingues, who passed away at 114, had told the San Diego Union Tribune that she had lived so long due to her lack of vanity; she had never even worn make-up. “I’ve never been to a beauty shop and I’ve never been vain,” she had said. This seems to kind of tie in with the above as women normally seem to get all dolled up for men. Adelina supposedly had never been to a hospital, btw.
Sushi And Sleep
Japan is often credited with having an immensely healthy population, and this has largely been attributed to the amount of fresh seafood (often raw) that they consume. Misao Okawa was 117 years old when she died, and she had claimed that eating sushi and getting plenty of sleep every night had been her secret recipe. Of course most of us always long for a good night’s rest, but raw fish may be a push for some!
Instead of your morning espresso, try a cup of tea. Packed with antioxidants called polyphenols, tea can help fight a variety of diseases such as heart disease, cancer and premature ageing. An Israeli study cited that those who even were moderate tea drinkers lived much longer than those who were not. Note: make sure to leave the tea bag in long enough or stir well so that the good stuff is released from the bag!
Seriously? Drinking soda leads to a long life? Well, Elizabeth Sullivan is 104 years old and she swears by her routine of three (yes 3!) Dr. Peppers a day. “Every doctor that sees me says they’ll kill you, but they die and I don’t. So there must be a mistake somewhere,” the Texas native told Fox 8. Guess other sodas won’t cut it, sorry Coca-Cola!
Exercise and moderation seem to always be at the center of healthy people’s lives, and 108-year-old Duranord Veillard is no exception. The New Yorker says he wakes up every day at 5 AM and does between five and seven push-ups. Truly does not seem to be that much to ask for, does it? And to think most of us cannot drag our butts to a gym once a week!
This one sure is going to be popular! This 110-year-old has been having three cans of Miller High Life and a shot of Johnnie Walker every day for, well, we imagine a very long time. Agnes Fenton from New Jersey says this is the secret to her long, and presumably very “high” life! Cheers!
Don’t Drink Alcohol
And for the counter argument! Alexander Imich from New York City lived until he was 111 and said he didn’t drink any alcohol at all and advised staying away from the substance to guarantee longevity. Many doctors have said it is best to limit or simply avoid alcohol, but we’re thinking many may like Agnes’ take on this one!
No surprise here. Having close friends and relationships with those who can support you during the tough times is crucial to a long life. An Australian study found that this is the secret to living until you are 100, and another study claimed 6 friends is the magic number to have. The feel-good chemicals dopamine and oxytocin released when we are with friends promote brain growth and combat ageing. We need people, simple.