Centenarians are very rare. Living a hundred years should be considered a miraculous event in this era. With the junk food, cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, and hands-free everything that this world is offering, we’re a heart attack away from our graves. But living long isn’t a far-fetched fantasy; it’s possible. People all over the world is doing it. More so, people in Loma Linda California.
Loma Linda is located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, this is where a community of approximately 9,000 Seventh Day Adventist resides. Research confirmed these Christians live significantly longer than the average Americans, and are amongst the longest living people in the world.
What’s their secret?
Adventist culture focuses on healthy habits such as vegetarianism, exercise, and the assembling of brethren. They also avoid risk factors such as smoking and drinking.
Dan Buettner, a researcher who study these populations for the National Geographic Society, has coined a term for those areas in the world which has the longest living people. He calls it the “Blue Zones.” The people living in the top 5 Blue Zones, including those in Loma Linda, have these factors in common:
Gardening provides an opportunity for exercise, sunlight, and nutritious food.
Have a Positive Attitude
It’s important to understand that having a positive attitude will influence our mental and physical health in a profitable manner. A cohesive mind-body experience will be beneficial to our longevity. (Proverbs 17:22)
Have Support Groups
Constructive social interaction and a sense of belonging is vital for functioning at our best. No man is an island, that’s why church and family are essential.
Follow a Healthy Diet
A plant-base diet will always yield favorable results. If you’d rather a plant and animal-base diet, the “Mediterranean diet” is a healthy choice. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Drink Plenty of Water
Water flushes our system, which in turn rejuvenates our bodies. Our skin, hair, nails, and organs will flourish.
We don’t need a gym membership. Practical activities such as walking or dancing, carries loads of health benefits.
Value Spiritual Health
Believing in a higher power—specifically God—brings a sense of security that nothing else can offer. (1 Timothy 4:8)
The more we help, the better we’ll feel about ourselves, as our problems will fade into the background to make way for the needs of others.
“… May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
What are you willing to sacrifice in order to be counted among the longest living people?
Reference: Larsen, D. (2014, July 21). Top 5 Places Where People Live the Longest. Retrieved from http://www.aplaceformom.com