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Secrets To Long Life From The World’s Oldest People

Secrets To Long Life From The World’s Oldest People

With the plethora of health information available, it is difficult to sift through all the avenues of resources and find advice you feel confident with. Well, instead of learning from trial and error, let’s learn through the wise words from some of the oldest people that have ever lived!

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    Jeanne Calment – 122 years

    Born in 1875, this super-centenarian had the pleasure of meeting Vincent Van Gogh. She credits her longevity to an olive oil rich diet and a calm demeanor, stating, “That’s why they call me Calment.” Interestingly, she claims that she drank port wine and ate over two pounds of chocolate a week.

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      Jiroemon Kimura – 116 years

      Born in 1897, Jiroemon Kimura holds the record for the world’s oldest man that ever lived. He stressed the importance of exercising every day, consuming smaller portions, and maintaining a positive outlook on life. When questioned how he lived so long, he humbly replied, “I could not make it on my own strength. It’s because of the strength of everyone around me.”

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        Sara Knauus – 119 years

        Knauus was born in 1880. She died on December 30th, 1999, just one day shy of experiencing her 3rd century. When her 96 year-old daughter was asked how Knauus has been able to live so long, she simply said, “She’s a very tranquil person and nothing fazes her. That’s why she’s living this long.”

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          Maria Esther de Capovilla – 116 years

          Sharing the same birth year as Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler, Maria Esther de Capovilla was born in 1889. She drank in moderation, ate small-portioned meals, and never smoked. Her daughter Irva attributed her mother’s longevity to her tranquility, “She always had a very tranquil character. She does not get upset by anything. She has been that way her whole life.”

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            Susannah Mushatt Jones – 116 years

            Born in 1899, Jones is one of only two verified living people to have born before the turn of the 19th century. She says that she never drank alcohol, smoked, partied, died her hair, or wore makeup. Additionally, she sleeps at least ten hours a night and naps during the day. Her favorite food? Bacon, which she eats throughout the day.

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              Emma Morano – 116 years

              Ms. Morano, born in 1899, is the only other living person verified to have experienced the 19th century. She is also the oldest Italian person to have ever lived. She believes her long life is due to two reasons: she eats three raw eggs a day and has been single the majority of her life, ever since a 1938 divorce.

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                Misao Okawa – 117

                Okawa was born in 1898 and lived in Japan her entire life. She credits her longevity to sleep and eating delicious food. Two of her favorites were ramen noodles and sushi. When asked how she managed to live so long, she simply replied, “I wonder about that too.”

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                  Gertrude Weaver – 116

                  Born in 1898, Ms. Gertrude Weaver was one of six children. Her parents were sharecroppers. She credited her trust in God, loving everybody, and hard work as the key components that led to a long healthy life. Additionally, she claimed to have only eaten her own cooking.

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                    Nikola Tesla – 86

                    Why is Nikola Tesla on the list of the world’s oldest people even though he only lived eighty-six years? Because this man may have experienced more time awake than any other person in modern history. Due to his polyphasic sleep pattern, Tesla is said to have only slept an average of two hours a night, coupled with small naps throughout the day. In addition to his bizarre sleeping habits, Tesla never consumed meat, drank two quarts of milk a day, and eschewed all stimulants including tea and coffee.

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                    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                    The result: no more mental stress.

                    2. Unplug

                    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                    3. Easy on the Caffeine

                    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                    The result: mental stress will be gone!

                    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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