We all want to live forever. Scientific advancements have not gotten us to the point where we can take a pill and stave off the effects of aging, however, there are certain lifestyles that will help us get there. Certain lifestyle choices such as smoking, heavy drinking and sitting around all day are all actions that we are reminded over and over again will shorten our lifespans considerably but what doesn’t get enough coverage are the lifestyle choices that will extend our lives.
Mathematically speaking, even if you were able to stop the aging of your body completely you would only live to about 800 years before dying in an accident so don’t feel too bad about not achieving immortality.
Here I give you a list of 6 dietary lifestyles touted to help you extend your life well beyond the average life expectancy. They may not promise immortality but will get you close.
1) Calorie Restriction
This diet is based on the idea that starving yourself can increase your life expectancy by up to 40%. By eating a third of your daily allowance of calories your body is tricked into concentrating on maintenance and repair rather than growth. This is what happens when your body is in starvation mode.
Restricting a number of calories that you take in is part of the diet but it’s not as simple as eating a quarter of a cheese burger rather a whole one. Instead, you want to ensure that the calories that you are taking in are of the right kind, from whole foods and vegetables. Consciously decide on what you want to eat so that you get clean calories and foods such as pickles to keep the gut flora active.
Calorie restriction means that you will have to live with the constant feeling of being hungry but the cravings can be managed. Practitioners of the calorie restriction diet suggest using food meditation to calm the cravings. The diet comes with other benefits such as better looking skin and feeling more energetic.
This diet has to be taken along with weight exercises because it leads to a reduction in bone density. You want your bones to remain strong so weight exercise trick them into thinking that your body is heavier than it really is.
2) Paleo Diet
Paleos believe in treating their bodies like machines. They give it only the best fuels that it can use and exercise regularly to stay strong. The idea is that our bodies are not equipped to handle certain foods that have not been in our diets long enough for our bodies to adapt to such as dairy and starch.
Ketones are the primary source of energy in this diet rather than glucose. Ketones come about as a secondary factor in fats. Conditioning your body to live off of ketones rather than glucose means training it to not expect a steady supply of glucose by not giving it the idea that sugar will be available with every meal.
There is a special branch of paleo who believe in eating everything raw.
There is one man in America who suffered from chronic fatigue. He switched to eating one entire goat per month, raw. He eats the entire animal from nose to tail and claims that he has never felt better.
This is an example of a raw vegan diet but with the focus being entirely on fruits. The definition of fruit here is any plant that propagates primarily through seeds that are covered in oily or fleshy parts. The nutritional intake for fruitarians is 80% carbs, 10% fat and 10% protein for each calorie. To give a comparison, the Atkins diet is 10-29-65.
This lifestyle is particularly difficult to maintain but raw fruits have tons of benefits for the human body. Fruitarians claim that their lifestyle choice has had massive impacts on their lives from curing cancer to even changing their eye color from brown to blue. They claim that this clean source of energy in the perfect ratio of 80-10-10 changes not only how your body looks but a person’s entire outlook on life.
How better to live to 100 than to take the advice of somebody who has made it there? One study conducted on the lifestyles of people who have lived to over 100 years shows numerous similarities.
Aging is an inevitable process. It happens to all of us, however, there are certain things that we can do to slow the process down and maintain our genes. Centenarians maintain their bodies by following a number of practices such as getting regular sleep, limiting the amount of stress in their lives, getting a lot of exercises and eating quality foods rather than junk.
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5) Eat the Sunlight
Sun Gazing is living the way of the tree. For 45 minutes at sundown and 45 minutes at sunrise, sun-gazers meditate with their eyes fixed on the sun and their bare feet grounded in dirt.
The most well-known sun-gazer is an Indian man named Hira Ratan Manek. He went on a pilgrimage to the Himalayas and when he came back, he decided that he wouldn’t be eating food anymore. Instead, he watches the sun dip and rises over the horizon for an hour every day.
6) Raw Vegan
A raw vegan diet consists of raw fruits of vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, herbs fresh juices and plant oils. The basis is simple: eat only foods that come out of the ground and eat them raw.
Heating food causes it to denature. The process is detrimental to a person’s health as the denatured food is tougher for the body to digest. By giving it a strict diet of raw fruit and vegetables it is better able to cleanse and heal itself. There are exceptions to this rule such as lycopene in tomatoes, however, the number of nutrients that are damaged outweigh the number that aren’t.
Annette Larkins is the poster-woman for how a raw vegan lifestyle is a source of eternal youth. She started to grow her own food and eat it raw at the age of 40. Thirty years later she still looks as young as she did when she started and her husband who continued to eat a regular diet has aged beyond her.