Ever wanted to know the key to a longer life? It starts with your diet.
Our diets generally dictate how long we will live. The healthier you eat, the longer you can expect to live.
The worse your diet … well, you get the picture.
Despite American’s getting a bad rep for their diet, the U.S. has over 55,000 living centenarians. That’s quite impressive. Even more impressive is the fact that there are over 40 people across the globe who are over 115 years-old!
Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that allows us to live longer. Instead, you’ve got to make certain adjustments and put in the right amount of effort.
We’re going to set you off on the right track by taking a look at some of the world’s healthiest foods that can help you to live until you’re one-hundred.
Salmon is one of our favourite foods here at Beauty And Tips, and we’re always recommending it. If you want to outlive everyone else, you’ll need to start loving salmon as much as we do.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and is indeed one of the best sources. These acids help to reduce the risk of irregular heartbeats, blood pressure, and they also inhibit the growth of fat deposits that clog your arteries.
Omega-3’s have also been termed “brain food” because of their ability to decrease your risk of developing dementia. And while lots of fish are indeed rich in omega-3’s, salmon is the preferred choice because of its low mercury content.
We all like to snack. But whereas you might enjoy snacking on candy bars and sweets, centenarians prefer to snack on something much healthier – such as blueberries.
Blueberries are a gorgeous little treat that help fight disease and boost longevity. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants that protect us against nasty free radicals, whose mission is to destroy our cells and stimulate cancerous growths.
Blueberries can also reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, as well as cognitive decline.
Like blueberries, yogurts are often foods that we reach for whenever we need to quickly fill a corner.
Well, we would if we didn’t keep reaching for the teacakes and candy bars all the time instead!
Yogurt contains healthy bacteria which supports your immune system and guards your system against disease. It also helps with digestion and your body’s absorption of nutrients and food.
Moreover, yogurt has also been proven to help boost our overall wellness, protecting us against irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections. Go yogurt, go!
Apparently, many of us avoid leafy greens, not because we dislike them, but because we don’t know how to prepare them!
This is a shame and it’s something you definitely need to overcome if you want a longer life, because leafy greens are essential.
The healthiest leafy greens include broccoli, kale, swiss chard and spinach. All of these are crammed with fibre goodness that is fantastic for your digestive system.
Sweet potatoes are like regular potatoes – only sweeter! In fact, they’re the sweetest of all potatoes – but don’t let their sweetness fool you; these potatoes also pack a very powerful health punch.
Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, which is needed to help you reduce your blood pressure, and they’re also loaded in vitamin A, an essential vitamin that strengthens your vision and bone health. It is also vital for cell growth.
As well as all its nutritional goodness, perhaps the best thing about sweet potato is the fact that it tastes so great! Naturally sweet, it can be eaten on its own – no melted cheese topping needed!
Olive oil might not seem like it, but it really is a powerhouse food. Mediterranean people absolutely swear by it, and they have some of the highest life expectancies on the planet! So if you incorporate more olive oil into your cooking, you’ll certainly be in good company.
There are a few great things about olive oil: It doesn’t narrow your arteries unlike many saturated fats, and it also contains plenty of antioxidants that help to fight against free radicals. Moreover, olive oil has also been mooted to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
You’re probably tired of people telling you all about the health benefits of green tea. You’ve heard that it’s supposed to be awesome, but you also know that you simply cannot stand the taste of it.
The good news is that trying to make your way to 100 doesn’t mean that you have to stomach something that tastes bland, because there are now flavoured green teas available that contain the same amount of health benefits. Yay!
Green tea is awesome for keeping you mentally alert, and it can also help you to lose weight, regulate your cholesterol levels, as well as keep your skin nice and healthy.
Basil and Mint
The Chinese know a thing or two about healthy eating; many of us, living in the West, are only just discovering some of the nutritional marvels that they’ve been consuming for hundreds – thousands – of years.
One of the foods they have traditionally sworn by are basil and mint, which are fantastic sources of luteolin. Because of their luteolin content, basil and mint help to boost your immune system, and can also help to improve memory.
Red wine contains a compound called resveratrol, which has been found to protect us against signs of premature ageing, as well as diseases caused by ageing.
Red wine can also protect our body’s DNA from damage; while caffeine has been found to shorten the strands of DNA found at the end of our chromosomes, red wine has been found to lengthen them – which means a longer life!
Almonds are another great snack that you should substitute for candy bars and sweets. Inexpensive and convenient, they pack a mega nutritional punch that should not be overlooked.
Almonds lower your cholesterol, as well as help you feel full after a meal – thereby stopping you from wanting to eat more and more.
Stay happy and healthy!