The secret of longevity: Habits, foods, and mindsets you should incorporate

The secret of longevity: Habits, foods, and mindsets you should incorporate

While it is true that longevity requires a biological and genetic predisposition, it also has to do with the way in which we lead our lives.

Although we can mainly blame the genes for our longevity, habits have much to do with it too. People do not take it into account, but diet and external factors also play such an important role when talking about longevity. 

Learn which habits are associated with longevity

Not overeating

Studies link eating a low amount of calories with a higher life expectancy and a lower likelihood of disease. Besides, consuming fewer calories keeps controlled body weight and contributes to avoiding belly fat, both linked to shorter lifespans.

Nuts, an ally

These are a vital source of nutrients such as protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are all needed by the organism. Studies show that they have positive effects on heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation, diabetes, and many other problems.

Turmeric

This one is a well-known spice with essential nutrients like antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides, it has curcumin, which may contribute to maintaining the brain, heart, and lung function, among others.

Plant foods

Studies have shown a link between diets rich in plants and a lower risk of premature death. Reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and many others was associated with it too! This is due to all the nutrients and antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

The word's number one longevity food

It is low in fat, full of fiber and has much more protein than meat. Beans are the cornerstone of all blue zone diets in the world.

Why should you choose beans?

Because they are cheap!

Black beans are one of the most affordable sources of protein available. One gram of black bean protein is cheaper than buying meat, chicken and other proteins.

The darker the better

Like vegetables, the more colorful the beans, the higher the antioxidant content. One study found that black bean skins contain 40 times more antioxidants than white bean skins.

Black beans are one of the most affordable sources of protein available. One gram of black bean protein is cheaper than buying meat, chicken and other proteins.

Can be a digestive help

Mung beans can help digestion because of their high fiber content. All bean varieties have a remarkable content of fiber, but what makes mung beans easier to digest is that in combination with being high in fiber, they have lower levels of the specific carbohydrate strain that our stomachs have trouble digesting.

Use them as a natural fertilizer

Beans are very easy to grow. Even if you don't harvest them, they are excellent for your garden because they return nitrogen to the soil.

Beans may have been the basis of food in the past and are becoming the food of the future in terms of nutrient profile and sustainability for a growing world population.

Legumes are the most sustainable crops available, making them critical to food security in our growing world. Legumes can stand alone as a tremendous plant-based food or they can be a complement to almost any other food and make it better for the planet and better for your health at the same time.

 
Although we can mainly blame the genes for our longevity, habits have much to do with it too. People do not take it into account, but diet and external factors also play such an important role when talking about longevity. 

Also, we must consider two important levels: the emotional/psychic and physical or self-care habits.

Psycho-emotional level

What are the psycho-emotional patterns for aging well?

To be restless, to socialize, to be very curious, and to take the brain to places it has never walked. They do not need to make long trips, visiting a new neighborhood 15 minutes from home is enough. Also, change the routine and always be with the imagination in operation, because by breaking with the routine and being willing to incorporate new things, neuronal plasticity is increased and what is called "neuronal growth factor" is secreted, a protein that tightens the neuronal junction and is an antidote to the passage of time that tends to unhook neurons.

What are the positive effects of socialization?

Socializing not only serves to stimulate the brain but also to have someone criticize our actions, because in people who have never socialized, there are peculiarities in their behavior that no one corrects and they become more and more exacerbated and rigid. Thus, they are becoming those old eccentrics and to whom everyone runs away, of which we speak.

And as for the family? How much does living as a couple or together with a family group influence?
Statistics show that separated people who have not been able to reconstruct a circle around it live less time. Perhaps, that is why couples who are on the rocks and get stressed, in the end, live longer because the bond preserves more life.

In addition, ties (friends, family, partner) are a very strong source of satisfaction. It is very important to agree between dreams, projects, and illusions, and their realization. When that is in balance, it produces a lot of serotonin. In contrast, personal dissatisfaction shortens life: people who have lived a life with personal dissatisfaction and very high cortisol often get sick.

Physical/biological level

What are the nutritional modifications that should be implemented to age better?

Physical activity and movement. The human species are designed to move 4 or 5 kilometers per day, and we have changed our legs for wheels: tricycle, bicycle, motorcycle, car, bus, or subway. What we have to do is impose the movement between 30 and 40 'of strong and sustained walking, 3 or 4 times a week. If one is going to tape, 4 or 5 kilometers per hour.

As for aesthetics, what to do to be flirtatious without overdoing it?

Regarding skin aging, there are many substances that allow us to do what was previously exclusively achieved by surgery, because they are applied and absorbed through the skin, acting on the nerve-muscle coupling: hyaluronic acid —which is a great introducer of liquid—, Botox in well-dosed amounts —because poorly applied causes facial stiffness or an eyelid drooping— and everything that is filler substances in the area of skin folds. However, the one that will slow down skin aging the most is the low levels of cortisol in the blood.

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