The elderly star sportsmen reveal a secret to a long life
By incident I stumbled upon a phenomal truth, a recipe for a longer and healthier life. Based on facts, centuries old and proven, obvious, but in use by just some of us… It came as a result of a research I conducted among my elderly friends, who come from different backgrounds and cities, had distinctly different lives, but have a few strong things in common.
I asked them about their secret to a longer life, and watched their daily habits. I noticed that the fundamental, crucial activities leading to greater health, were common among them, and that they did them not because they knew of the future benefits of such choices, but rather because they had to.
We tend to ignore what seems obvious. And expect complex systems that help us live long. This is simply why so few people know and use what these elderly persons have prefected throughout the years. Accustomed to complex cures based on chemical drugs, we forget about what has worked for centuries and can help us be so much stronger and healthier. The secret to a long life is in fact… so simple, that you may even laugh.
My elderly friends are quite healthy. They look on average 20 to 10 years younger than what their chronological age says. They were born and grew up in a world that was cleaner and less polluted when compared with our environment. They ate food which contained less chemicals and more nutrients, making it much more energetic than what we mostly have nowadays.
Following the Guardian, one of the major UK newspapers:
David Thomas – a geologist turned chiropractor (who also happens to sell mineral supplements) – analysed data from McCance and Widdowson’s epic work, The Composition of Foods (a reference manual republished and updated by Government biochemists every few years). During that 51-year period, potatoes appeared to have lost 47 per cent of their copper, 45 per cent of their iron and 35 per cent of their calcium while carrots showed even bigger declines. Broccoli – a ‘superfood’ rich in micronutrients and cancer-busting antioxidants – suffered an 80 per cent drop in copper while calcium content was a quarter of what it had been in 1940, a pattern repeated in tomatoes. As Thomas pointed out: ‘You would need to have eaten 10 tomatoes in 1991 to have obtained the same copper intake as from one tomato in 1940.’
What the article does not say, is a major conclusion. If the fruits and vegetables we ate nowadays are so much less nutritious, we need to eat more carrots to deliver the same amount of vitamins, etc. And the more we eat, the more energy our bodies need to digest the food! The more energy spent, the more “tired” our internal organs become and the faster they age.
For example: I tested how I felt and how much energy I had after eating white bread vs the dark whole bread. I was soon hungry after swallowing two slices of white bread. But the dark one kept me strong for much longer.
The secret to a long life
The major conclusion is, if you eat more, your body will spend more energy on digesting the food. The more energy spent on this process, the less there is on other vital processes. Nature: animals, plants focus on sawing energy. Energy is life.
My elderly friends all ate little, but the food they ate, was highly nutritious! This is the key, the secret ingredient. They were all very sportive, climbed and skied, ran and stretched. Nowadays they are slim, and still do not over eat. The secret to a long life is in letting your internal organs rest a little, by swallowing less food.
The conclusion is: just like our grandfathers and mothers, we can apply this very successful and beneficial thought: to eat little, but the very best we can find. If you eat one organic carrot instead of 10 non-organic ones, your digestive system will have much less to do, and still be satisfied with the vitamins, nutrients so important to the growth and survival of our internal organs. Less energy spent on the internal work equals a longer life in perspective. The same applies to water. If you add lemon juice to it and drink it, your body will have to spend more energy on digesting the drink, as it will have to first remove the juice from water and then treat different “foods” separately. Read more about it in our article : “Structured water – a key to health“.
It is a very simple idea, but powerful beyond measure. All of those dear to me elderly people have followed it.
The magic of eating less
There are two well-known trials conducted to see the effect an eat-less diet has on a human or animal body. One known as “Calerie trial”, and another started to check calorie restriction and ageing in Rhesus monkeys (we share 93% of our DNA with the species, and also we age in a similar fasion). (Very important: we do not support any trials conducted on animals, it voliates their rights and well-being).
Both trials brought interesting results:
The Carelie trial (the Comprehensive Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy trial, lead by Susan Roberts, a dietary scientist at Tufts University in Boston. The programe lasted for over two years, during which a group of 218 healthy men and women (aged between 21 and 50 years), who formed two groups. The difference was “only” the amount of food consumed. In one group people could eat as they normally would, while the other ate 25% less (CR). All of them had health checks every six months.
After a period of two years, the researchers found that (as BBC reports) those who ate less calories showed signs of health improvements, of significant importance, related to insulin, cancer, blood pressure:
“the ratio of “good” cholesterol to “bad” cholesterol had increased, molecules associated with tumour formation – called tumour necrosis factors (TNFs) – were reduced by around 25%, and levels of insulin resistance, a sure sign of diabetes, fell by nearly 40% compared to people who ate their normal diets. Overall, the blood’s pressure was lower.” BBC
The study on the Rhesus monkeys, lead by the scientists of the University of Wisconsin, was conducted for a period of over 37 years. The monkeys were also split into two groups. One ate like they normally are, and the other ate 30% less. They were fed with specially made biscuits, full of nutrients and minerals.
The results were astounding. For example one monkey named Sherman from the “eating less group” reached the age of 43, which makes him the oldest Rhesus monkey ever recorded. A normal lifespan for his species (in captivity) is over 20 years less!
“CR monkeys look remarkably younger – with more hair, less sag, and brown instead of grey – than monkeys that were fed a standard diet, they were healthier on the inside too, free from pathology. Cancers, such as the common intestinal adenocarcinoma, were reduced by over 50%. The risk of heart disease was similarly halved. And while 11 of the eating normally monkeys developed diabetes and five exhibited signs that they were pre-diabetic, the blood glucose regulation seemed healthy in all CR monkeys. For them, diabetes wasn’t a thing.” as the scientists reported.
The researchers are far from suggesting that we all should reduce our meals, but the results show already, what my elderly friends proved in their lives: Eating less is a way to a longer and healthier life.
Ps. There are countless diets, which focus on eating less calories. It basically leads to eating more of low in calories foods. My healthy senior friends did the opposite. They chose great food, full of nutrients, that allowed them eat just one piece instead of ten.
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