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A Simple Lifestyle Is the Path to Longevity

A simple lifestyle is the path to longevity. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)
A simple lifestyle is the path to longevity. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

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.

Ms. Alimihan is 128 years old this year, and recognized as the oldest person in China. (Image: NTDTV)

Alimihan is 129 years old, and is recognized as the oldest living person in China, and possibly the world. (Image: NTDTV)

Physical activities

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.

Working regularly ensures physical exercise and helps the body to function properly. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

Working regularly ensures physical exercise, and helps the body to function properly. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

Observe routines

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.

Going to bed at 10 PM is not always easy for city dwellers, but we can try to make our bed time as early as possible. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

Sleeping at 10 PM is not always easy for city dwellers, but we can try to make our bedtime as early as possible. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

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.

Long term consumption of grains can improve the intestinal environment and prevent cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

Long-term consumption of grains can improve the intestinal environment, and prevent cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

Sing often

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.

Singing often is one of the 129-year-old's longevity secret. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

Singing often is one of the 129-year-old’s longevity secrets. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

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.

Eat 70% full to gain health benefits. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

Eat only 70 percent full to gain health benefits. (Image: Pixabay CC0 public domain)

Research by Monica and Kathy

 

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