Saturday, November 27, 2021

12 Secrets to Live Over 100 Years Without Dementia

Japanese people are known for their longevity. Recently a book by Dr. Takuji Shirasawa entitled 101 Ways to Live 100 Years Old without Dementia indicates that a good diet and good habits in life contribute substantially to keeping the brain young and active. Some of the key points are introduced as follows.

Drink a cup of warm water immediately after getting up

Hot water flowing from a teapot into a white cup.
Warm water increases metabolism by 10 percent. (Image: Pumba1 via Dreamstime)

We lose about 500cc (½ liter) of water during sleep, so it needs to be replaced. Warm water can raise the body’s temperature, and increases metabolism by 10 percent.

Drink vegetable or fruit juice at least 3 times a week

A glass of orange juice sitting outside in the grass next to a pitcher of orange juice and some oranges.
Drink juice at least 3 times a week. (Image: JESHOOTS-com via Pixabay)

Drinking vegetable or fruit juice at least 3 times a week can reduce the risk of dementia by 76 percent.

Bask in the sun for 15 minutes every day

A young woman with brown hair and mirrored sunglasses wearing a white t-shirt is lounging outside in the sun.
Get 15 minutes of sunlight every day. (Image: Takmeomeo via Pixabay)

Sunlight helps the body to produce Vitamin D, which is proved effective in fighting cancer.

Eat dark chocolate

A dark chocolate bar in front of a dark background.
Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols. (Image: AlexanderStein via Pixabay)

Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols which slows the aging process and helps to control blood sugar.

Cook at home

People who like cooking are less likely to get dementia.
People who like cooking are less likely to get dementia. (Image: 089photoshootings via Pixabay)

Studies have shown that people who like cooking are less likely to get dementia, as cooking can give the brain a wholesome stimulus that helps prevent the onset of dementia.

Avoid carbonated beverages and processed foods

A can of Coca-Cola sits on a table with some glasses filled with carbonated beverages.
Carbonated beverages are rich in phosphorus, which hinders the absorption of calcium. (Image: StockSnap via Pixabay)

Carbonated beverages and processed foods, such as fast foods, are rich in phosphorus, which hinders the absorption of calcium and is detrimental to the bones.

Make yourself sweat

A runner competing in the Marine Corps Marathon.
Sweating eliminates toxins from the body. (Image: Sgt. Bobby Yarbrough via U.S. Department of Defense)

Sport can be beneficial if it makes you sweat, which eliminates toxins in the body.

Reduce body weight by 5 percent

Skinny woman wearing jeans that are several sizes too big to indicate weight loss.
The risks for diabetes and hypertension are reduced if your body weight is reduced by 5 percent. (Image: mojzagrebinfo via Pixabay)

Those who live to be 100 years old without illness share one thing in common — they don’t have excess body fat. The risks for diabetes and hypertension are reduced if your body weight is reduced by 5 percent.

Walk for 30 minutes everyday

A male runner stopping to tie his shoelaces.
Walking for 30 minutes a day can improve overall health. (Image: Panuwat Dangsungnoen via Dreamstime)

Those who hardly exercise have the highest mortality. Walking for just 30 minutes every day can increase blood circulation and improve overall health.

Practice meditation

A woman wearing a long white dress meditating outside under a tree.
Meditation can heal and prevent many illnesses. (Image: suc via Pixabay)

Meditation can heal and prevent many illnesses. Just sitting in meditation for 10 minutes in the morning can make a good start to your day, however the longer the better.

Eat onions

Vegetarian Raw Slice Food Knife Onion Ingredient
Onions contain sulfites, which are good for lowering blood pressure. (Image: stevepb via Pixabay)

Onions contain sulfites which are good for lowering blood pressure. They are most beneficial when being eaten raw. A vegetable salad with sliced onions is highly recommended.

Do not eat after 9 pm

A vintage clock showing 9 o'clock on the face.
Do not eat after 9 p.m. (Image: Korn Vitthayanukarun via Dreamstime)

Fat accumulates most easily at 2 am. If nothing is eaten after 9 pm, no fat will be accumulated.

Translated research by Mona Song

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Emma Lu
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