Want to live to be 100? I’ve got the top tips that world-renowned Dr. Mehmet Oz uses with his own family. These are based on cutting-edge research and what he learned studying long-living populations around the world. We found this in Time magazine:
- The first step toward reaching your 100th birthday: Get rigorous physical activity every day. Exercise not only helps strengthen your bones and heart, it also improves balance, which is critical in preventing the falls that are a leading cause of death as we age. In fact, the ability to exercise is the single most powerful predictor of longevity. In other words, if you can’t walk a quarter-mile in five minutes – that’s about 500 steps – you’re much more likely to die within three years. Dr. Oz recommends getting at least three 30-minute workouts a week – the kind where you break a sweat.
- Get 15 minutes of sun every day. Or take 1,000 International Units of Vitamin D, and 1,000 milligrams of calcium. Both promote bone strength as you exercise. Too little vitamin D is our most critical vitamin deficiency. It’s a major risk factor for cancer, autoimmune problems, and heart disease.
- Another tip from Dr. Oz to help you reach 100: Eat foods that look like they just came out of the ground. Whole, unprocessed foods contain powerful chemicals and nutrients that help your body heal, promote weight loss, and reduce inflammation. Studies show that obese people tend to die younger, partly because of inflammation caused by excess weight, which leads to elevated blood sugar, bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries. Weight gain also increases cancer rates.
- Sleep at least seven hours a day. Sleep boosts your levels of growth hormone, which improves vitality and increases your lifespan.
- The final tip for living to be 100: Have a purpose – whether it’s your family, your work or your community. Dr. Oz says there may be no better longevity booster than simply wanting to be alive – and living life to the fullest.