Heathy eating habits, sound nutrition and regular exercise are the secrets to staying young and fit,
through which one can reduce the risk of age-related illness, such as heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease
as well as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and sarcopenia (muscle wasting) which are all illnesses that occur more frequently in old age.
A healthy balanced diet should include a high proportion of plant-based foods
such as wholegrain products, vegetables, nuts, pulses and low sugar fruit.
All of these contain important nutrients, vitamins and high-quality vegetable protein together with antioxidants that can counteract the aging process.
It is important to include additional health promoting secondary plant nutrients, such as the anticarcinogenic sulforaphane which can be found in broccoli and not to forget the anti-inflammatory Omega 3 oils that are found in fatty fish.
The basal metabolic rate decreases as we get older. Simultaneously we have less muscle mass and store more fat as our metabolism slows down with old age. Engaging in more movement and physical activity, however, can raise the basal metabolic rate. We also require sufficient micronutrients such as Iodine, Zink, Vitamin B, Iron and Calcium. Women also need additional Vitamin B12 and D3.
From an article by Dr. Antoine Post, FOODSpecial 2020.
There are five places in the world where people live longer and are the healthiest: parallels can be drawn showing the common factors relating to their lifestyles and nutritional habits.
Loma Linda in California, The Nicoya Peninsular in Costa Rica, The Ogliastra region of Sardinia-Italy, The island of Ikaria – Greece and the Okinawa Islands of Japan.
- A balanced diet avoiding excess
- Moderate alcohol consumption
- Regular, moderate exercise
- Effective stress management
- Being part of a spiritual community (a sense of purpose)
- A rich social life, close family ties
People living in these Blue Zones ® enjoy a natural diet and take the time to enjoy their natural surroundings, whilst respecting and supporting their communities.