Here’s an infographic from the site Best-MHA-Programs.com about people who live to over 100 years old. It’s worth checking out.
The take home points are these:
- diets that include fish are healthy
- low stress lifestyles are healthy
- high vegetable diets are healthy
- strong social communities are healthy
- not smoking is healthy
- keeping your mind active is healthy
- laughing often is healthy
- being physically active is healthy
Over the last decade there has been an emerging consensus in the scientific community about what makes a healthy person. It’s very simple: a healthy person is a person who honors his or her biology by living as naturally as possible.
While there is some variation within the population regarding ancient biological heritage, there are also some common rules:
- derive all of your nutrition from natural sources
- be outside more often
- exposure to the sun is healthy both physically and mentally
- lift heavy things a few times each week (weight training)
- eat lots of vegetables
- natural fats help satiate and are required for the healthy functioning of your body
- unnatural fats (manufactured) are harmful
- natural cholesterol is good
- grains are generally not good. so eat grains in moderation and never use them as your primary calorie source.
We become healthy by being as fully human as we can be. This means taking walks. Hiking. Eating naturally. Being outside. Laughing. Playing. Enjoying life.
The cool thing is that science is finally showing us a way to live healthy, fit lives. We ignore the scientific consensus at our own peril.
One thing I love about the infographic is how it emphasizes a natural diet. I think this is so, so, so, so key. Also the points about keeping stress low and having a good, offline, social network are huge.
However, I was disappointed with some of the more peripheral points about meat being bad for you, or the idea that eating rice cakes will help you live a long. First and foremost, meat is natural. So if eating a natural diet is healthy, then eating natural meat is healthy. The problem is eating too much meat from feedlots.
Overall, I think the infographic has a solid message though and is worth checking out.
I had fun with this title. You know how the media always reports that something is bad for your health then one month later it is good for your health, and so on.
Anyway, cell phones might very well cause cancer. That’s not what this post is about.
Instead, there are technical advances that are putting cell phones at the forefront of self-monitoring your own health. How good does that sound? Being able to take your cell phone with you wherever you go and using it to get a picture of your health. Maybe one day we’ll be able to diagnose things like cancer and other life threatening health issues on our own before the symptoms show up.