You may have heard of long-lived populations, areas in the world where it is common for people to reach the age of 100 and beyond. From Okinawa, Japan, Sardinia, Italy, to Costa Rica, Greece and even Loma Linda, California, people living in these zones are thriving and living healthier, longer lives.
What are they doing differently? Is it just in their genes? Interestingly, a Danish population-based Twin Study on health in the elderly discovered that genetics only account for about 20% to 30% of longevity factors. So, as I like to say, your DNA is not your destiny!
It’s all about your diet and lifestyle. Super Agers tend to eat fewer calories but enjoy nutrient-dense, wholesome, unprocessed foods. They stop eating when they feel about 80% full, eating more slowly and enjoying meals as a time to pause and relax during the day. Their diets are rich in healing oils like olive, avocado and macadamia, high in legumes and nuts, and loaded with fresh veggies. So, as Mom used to say, “Eat Your Veggies” – especially broccoli and beets.