The World Health Organization believes that four factors affect human lifespan. These are genetic, accounting for 15 percent; social and natural environment, accounting for 17 percent; level of healthcare, accounting for 8 percent; and lifestyle and diet, accounting for 60 percent.
We can’t change the genetic factors, and the social and natural environments are not easily changed either, but we do have control over our lifestyle and dietary habits.
The following are the five secrets to Alimihan’s longevity.
One of the reasons for Alimihan’s longevity is her lifelong love of physical activity. When she was younger, she did all kinds of farm work, including working in the fields. Despite her age, she still loves hard work. Working regularly ensures physical exercise and helps the body to function properly.
Have you had this kind of experience? During long holidays, you slept long hours every day, but after you woke up, you felt tired. Similarly, after you did some housework, you felt more energetic.
Alimihan also observes a strict set of routines, such as going to bed every night before 10 PM and getting up between 5 and 6 AM, usually sleeping 7-8 hours each night. She also eats breakfast at 8 AM, lunch between 12 and 1 PM, and dinner at a set time each day.
Going to bed at 10 PM is not always easy for city dwellers, but we can try to make our bedtime as early as possible.
Diet and nutrition
Alimihan loves light and nutritious food, such as pasta, rice soup, white rice, and thin-skinned dumplings. Her dinners are very simple, mainly consisting of noodle or cabbage soup. She never overeats and her digestive system maintains good function. She enjoys corn gooey and whole grains. Long-term consumption of grains can improve the intestinal environment, and prevent cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
Alimihan sings like a child and drinks ice water all year round. Her mental state is very relaxed and light. She sings, goes to the market, visits friends, and tells jokes—she just lives a simple life.
Eat only 70 percent full
Experiments conducted in the U.S. show that when mice were fed 30 percent less food daily, their life spans increased by 30 percent. Overeating at a younger age can have an impact on the health of two generations. If you can reduce your food intake by 30 percent, you will gain many advantages.
Research by Monica and Kathy