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Aiming for Longevity

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I just read an online article about a woman in Georgia who had just passed away.  She was 132.

In the comment box below that article, many readers agree that it is not the number of years a person lives that matters but how he lives his life.  It’s true but part of me wants to disagree, as I have yet to meet a person who wants to die tomorrow because he’s accomplished a good life already.

Having been to many a funeral  I have heard time and time again relatives and friends of the deceased say, “she’s too young to go,” “the accident took him too soon,” or “we are not prepared for this.”

Those words only prove that everybody aspires to attain longevity for himself and the people he loves.

I feel for women who spent nine months carrying their babies in their womb, only for these sweet angels to come out dead.  I feel for men and women who lost a parent, sibling, child, or friend to a chronic disease or for substance abuse. I feel for very young children, who are barely in their teens, but counting their days on earth because they have been medically diagnosed with an illness that could kill them anytime.

Most of us have probably heard our parents say at some point in our lives , “We want to live to see you succeed in your chosen career path” and our grandparents say, “We want to live to see our grandchildren.”  Unfortunately, not everybody gets to live to 90 or 100.

However, healthy people, especially those who claim to have good genes, are capable of stretching their years.  Being devoid of illness or disability does not give them the license to act irresponsibly because I know of gym regulars and athletes who ended up strapped on their beds.  How they ended up there can be traced to their lifestyle and all of its dangerous staples.

To ensure longevity, start eating healthy food.  Some items that fall under this category are fruits, vegetables (most especially members of the cruciferous group), wheat bread, brown rice, and don’t forget lots of water.  Get at least 7 hours of sleep,  do physical and mental exercises, and please spare yourself from worrying about trivial matters or issues that will only result in emotional distress.

A healthy lifestyle results in longevity.  So take this or suffer.

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