Longevity Tips from the World’s Oldest Man
Simple Conceptually, Harder in Practice
ACCORDING TO scientific studies, the most promising way you can increase your longevity is to restrict the calories you consume. The earliest calorie restriction studies first began a couple of decades ago. Given that the average lifespan of a human being is relatively long to the humans conducting the studies, the shorter-lived primate, usually Rhesus Monkeys, have been the subjects. The hungry monkeys are telling us something.
Over the course of 20 years, scientists can confirm that those monkeys with restricted diets are aging far better than their eat-to-your-heart’s-content (of should I say “stomach’s-content”) friends hanging out in the next door cage.
Why does calorie restriction work?
You can ask Walter Breuning, the world’s oldest man, or consult Wikipedia on the subject. Mr. Breuning, who turned 113 on Monday, September 21, 2009, will tell you that he does it by eating two modest meals a day, pushing himself away from the table before he’s full, eating a lot of fruit, drinking a lot of water, minimizing his consumption of coffee, and taking a “baby” aspirin each day.
Wikipedia reports that a calorie restriction diet results in decreased insulin levels and reduced signs of inflammation, which is a precursor to various diseases and a symptom (or correlates with) old age.
The ever popular Resveratrol mimic’s the effects of calorie restriction. If you wonder why this supplement is so popular, consider that you reportedly get the benefits of a calorie restricted diet without having to restrict any predilection toward gluttony.
Can you imagine Walter Breuning’s genetics + diet + Resveratrol… I’m thinking 120!