ince the dawn o time, mankind has searchedor a mythological ountain o youth andanti-aging secrets have been spoken o in the veryearliest myths and legends.Every culture has myths about immortal heroeswho ound some sort o rejuvenating herb, deviceor potion that allow them to stay young orever – orat least or a very long time. For example, a Chineselegend described the Qin Dynasty emperor ShihHuang Ti – who ordered his warriors to hunt orlongevity potions or him, but ailed.In this universe, no one wants to die, and no onewants to grow old. It is no wonder that ideas aboutanti-aging secrets are so widespread all over theworld. Sorting out the real anti-aging secrets romall the myths, however, can be quite a task.For all we know, the secrets to anti-aging couldbe well guarded so that they would not all intothe wrong hands. Who knows i somewhere, in anisolated village up in the mountains, a whole tribeo people have learned how to live or hundreds, oreven thousands o years?I they knew how to do that, would they share theanti-aging secret with the rest o us? Or wouldthey keep their precious anti-aging treatment tothemselves?I have visited several places in Mediterranean; Iobserved that the lie expectancy o the peoplethere is higher than other countries. A qualitativeresearch conducted on their liestyle and eatinghabits ound that people who eat Mediterraneandiets tend to live longer and healthier lives.It is not because they are necessarily wiser orsmarter, but because they live in an area wherecertain oods grow, and have developed a specicliestyle that contributes to longevity. Olive oil,grapes, a diet high in vegetables and sh, and manyother aspects o the Mediterranean diet contributeto good health and long lie.When I was conducting a public seminar, aparticipant asked me how we could identiy i aperson has undergone degenerative process orgetting old. The traditional designation or old ageis 65 years old. Even a judge retires at the age o 65. (Constitutional Law, Article 125). In act, manypeople are vigorous and active at 65.Some researchers reer to aging rom the perspectiveo biological age. Biological age reers to changes inthe body that commonly occur as people age. Forexample, vision and hearing abilities reduce as weage. Nowadays, we can observe that people arebiologically old at 40. Turning to psychological age, I would describe itas how a person would eel and at his emotionalstage. For example, a 75-year-old who works andparticipates in dierent activities is considered tobe psychologically young.
As we age, hormonal levels diminish and ourskin, muscles and bones begin to deteriorate. Agood anti-aging diet should stimulate hormoneproduction and promote strength and exibility.
Natural anti-oxidant sources
The US Food and Drug Administration hasidentied 20 types o ood with high anti-oxidantlevels.1. Red beans2. Wild blueberries3. Red kidney beans4. Pinto beans5. Cultivated blueberries6. Cranberries7. Artichokes8. Blackberries9. Prunes10. Raspberries11. Strawberries12. Red Delicious apples13. Granny Smith apples14. Pecans15. Sweet cherries16. Black plums17. Russet potatoes18. Black beans19. Plums20. Gala apples
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