According to the Center For Disease Control,, the average American life expectancy is 78.6 and it seems to be dropping. Why?
With all the technology and research at our fingertips on how to live healthier and for more vibrant longer years, why are we now going backwards when there are places in the world moving full speed ahead?
Well for starters, sedentary behavior (moving less) and poor eating habits (consuming more) are a breeding ground for chronic illness and disease, making it harder to live long, prosperous. And pain-free.
In explorer Dan Buettner’s book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons For Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest”, he points out the patterns of behavior of nonagenarians (ages 90-99) and centenarians (100+) in specific areas of the world known as The Blue Zones.
Nicola, Costa Rica
Seventh Day Adventists of Loma Loma, California
He believes that “our genes don’t necessarily seal our fate…instead it is the behaviors we engage in daily and the environment we live in” that plays a big role in life span.
What is the secret? There are 9 of them…
1) Follow a plant-based diet with adequate protein
2) Eat whole food calories earlier in the day
3) Consume foods until 80% full
4) Eat more slowly and mindfully, avoiding distractions
5) Engage in regular lifestyle physical activity
6) Get 8-10 hours if sleep each day
7) Give purpose to your life
8) Unplug from mobile devices and social media
9) Engage socially face to face
This is a quick list and a simple approach toward health and longevity. For more details of each one, you can research more about it.
Curious, how many of the above 9 can you honestly say you do the majority of the time?