For increased longevity, in 6th century B.C., people were advised to consume a mix of root powder, gold, honey, and butter. In 133 B.C. Cleopatra bathed in donkey’s milk. In the 3rd century, ancient Taoists recommended a diet of spices, vegetables, turtles, crane eggs, and other foods from long-living creatures. In the 4th century, Ge Hong suggested consuming brains from monkeys. In the 13th century, Roger Bacon encouraged a diet of powders made with bones of a stag’s head.
In 1489 philosopher Marsilio Ficini suggested drinking the blood of young men. In 1625 Sir Francis Bacon recommended opium and baths. In 1667 Jean-Baptiste Denis performed animal to human blood transfusions. In 1889, Charles-Edouard Brown- Sequard injected extracts of guinea pig testes. In 1920 Serge Voronoff tried transplanting testicular glands from chimpanzees into men. In 1930 Giocondo Protti reported success with blood transfusions from young donors.
As for today, Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle, has donated more than $330 million to research how to expand the life-span. Alphabet CEO Larry Pages has launched Calico to target ways to expand human life. Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, has invested millions and millions in the same cause, even creating the Methuselah Foundation for expanding life-extension research. These are just a few of the many individuals who are searching for a pathway to a longer life.
There could be a breakthrough in the next 25 years. Genome sequencing offers one avenue. Microbiome profiles – bacteria from the gut – offer another avenue. There are high-tech fasting diets, which you can purchase for 5 days of fasting, to improve rejuvenation. There are upcoming anti-aging super pills. There are brain drugs, now in research trials, to improve cognition and memory. But, what can you do in the meantime to help keep yourself healthy and alive? What can you do to prolong your life to hopefully be alive for one of these breakthroughs?
You already know my basic tenets. Eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Reduce your consumption of dairy and meat products, especially red meats. Walk 10,000 steps a day. Add some strength conditioning. And, as explained in the prior blog. Improve and increase the quality of your sleep. But, after these components, here are my 12 easy ways for increasing your life span.
- Find your purpose
- Embrace your faith
- Create and maintain closer personal relationships
- Make peace with your family
- Babysit your grandchildren
- Own a pet
- Laugh more
- Socialize more
- Vacation more
- Drive the car less
- Sit for fewer hours
- Retire at a higher elevation
Now, those actions aren’t that difficult, are they?
Multiple research studies show those actions increase longevity.
It is within your control to increase your chances for a longer life.
Give it a try …