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Aging is not an illness. Vast medical resources are committed to repairing 'aging'. This is absurd. Aging is a natural process.
The money and time spent on anti-aging treatments could be better used elsewhere, dealing with bona fide problems such as cancer.

How we move conveys energy and youth not how buff we are.

(Anne Elliott)


According to birth and death statistics, many people are living longer these days. It is not uncommon for to reach 100.
There are a number of interesting books highlighting the diet and lifestyles associated with the world's longevity hotspots.

Dying for longer

One of the drawbacks of an increased lifespan is that not everyone is living longer. Many people are just taking longer to die.
Instead of a year of ill health preceding death, people are dying slowly over decades. A longer lifespan is not a blessing when the extra years of life are spent in a poor condition of fitness.

Living longer

Is it possible to live for longer without needing medical assistance, prescription drugs or suffering from bad knees and a bad back? Find out for yourself.
Rather than just age, grow fitter and stronger as you age. Aim to off-set the effects of aging. You cannot stop the clock but you can improve the quality of your life.

Over 100?

Scientists believe that it is possible to live to be 120 years old. This is great if you can reach that age in a condition of relative fitness. Being old and decrepit is nobody's idea of fun.

People at birth are soft and supple:
At death, they are hard and stiff.

When plants are alive, they are green and bending;
When they are dead, they are dry and brittle.

Soft and bending is the Way of the living;
Hard and brittle is the Way of the dying.

Therefore, a great strength that is inflexible,
Will break in the wind like an old dead tree.

(Lao Tzu)

Vision 120

Instead of aiming to 'get fit' or 'lose weight', why not give yourself a real ambition? Aim to live until you are 120. Sustained good fitness for as long as you can...
Sure, you probably will not make it. But let's face it: we're all going to die at some point so you have nothing to lose.

Lifestyle change

Aging with strength, good fitness and dignity is no small ambition. And you personally will have to all the work. Do not kid yourself.
But it need not be hard work. You do not have to force yourself. Just do things differently. Embrace change. Many changes...

Tips & pointers

Here is a sample of anti-aging tips & pointers from Sally Beare's book 50 Secrets of the World's Longest Living People:

1. Eat until only 8 parts full

2. 5-7 servings of fresh fruit & vegetables each day

3. Buckwheat, brown rice & other whole grains

4. Beans

5. Nuts & seeds

6. Extra virgin olive oil

7. Onions and garlic

8. Crunchy vegetables

9. Daily salad

10. Sweet potatoes

11. Tomatoes

12. Apricots

13. Berries

14. Yogurt

15. Fermented foods

16. Sprouted beans and seeds

17. Herbs

18. Organic

19. Chew for longer

20. Green tea

21. Water

22. Combine foods

23. Juices

24. Exercise

25. Go outside more often

26. Deep breathing

27. Meditation

28. Cultivate a spiritual life

29. Laugh

30. Sing

31. Help others

32. Get a dog

33. Share

34. Have sex regularly

35. Sleep 7-8 hours a night

There are many other considerations...

Our energy is more precious than all the gold in the world. It is a more powerful anti-aging tool than anything else.
 Energy regenerates our liver and other tissue cells, flushes toxic waste from the body, helps maintain our ideal weight, keeps our skin smooth and our hair healthy.
 The more energy we have, the better we feel and the more beautiful we become.

 (Kimberly Snyder)


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Last updated 04 May 2023