Most people would like to live longer AND stay healthy.
Overeating is a problem in many western countries. People who eat too much on a regular basis tend to develop a wide variety of health problems and diseases. The digestive system becomes overloaded, incapable of handling the amount of food ingested. This in turn has a negative impact on organs of elimination, the circulatory system, the nervous system and even the respiratory system, since a large amount of fat is oxidized in the lungs.
Another danger consists of the fact that many of the foods we eat contain toxins and radioactive particles.
Recent scientific work has shown that is it possible to multiply the life span of certain animals (fish, mice) by at least three.
Living to 100 and staying healthy is no longer an unattainable dream for many people. However, at least two conditions must be respected:
– Your diet must be as natural and balanced as possible, from childhood onwards, so that your body can benefit from the natural health factors associated with proper nutrition.
– Your mental attitude must be positive, active, open to life and to others, optimistic about the future.
Average human life expectancy is rising every year. The major reasons for this rise are improved hygiene and new, more effective medical treatments. At the same time, the curve representing life expectancy can continue rising only if epidemics which can decimate large portions of the population, are kept under control.
One essential factor for resisting most diseases and epidemics is a strong immune system, which in turn largely depends on maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Dr. Roy Walford, a well known author and health expert, recommends a daily intake of between 1500 and 2000 calories for an average adult between the ages of 30 and 50. Fat intake should be reduced to 10% to 15% of the total calorie intake. Proteins should represent 20% to 25%, with glucides making up the rest.
A lot of attention has been centred on ‘free radicals,’ chemical substances that attack healthy cells. Most free radicals are produced spontaneously, inside the body, during the metabolism of foods. Antioxidants and other substances can generally eliminate harmful free radicals, if they are present in sufficient amounts in your body. The best way to make sure they are is to eat a healthy, balanced diet.
All doctors and researchers agree on the importance of physical exercise as a longevity factor, since respiration is an essential factor in maintaining general health.