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109-Year-Old Woman Reveals Her Secret To Long Life, And The Answer Is Interesting

109-Year-Old Woman Reveals Her Secret To Long Life, And The Answer Is Interesting

In this modern day, we often hear how young people are more vulnerable to illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes. When we hear news about the oldest people in the world, we want to know the secret of their longevity.

Grace Jones, an old woman from Broadway, Worcestershire in England, celebrated her 109th birthday in September 2015. She received a birthday card from Queen Elizabeth II (her ninth). When asked about her long life secret, the answer is..whiskey.

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109-Year-Old Woman Reveals Her Secret To Long Life, And The Answer Is Interesting

    Jones said “I don’t drink, but I have a little drop of whiskey every night”.

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    She also stated she felt the same like what she did when she was in her sixties. This old woman suffered no pain, no aches, and her appetite is still good despite her old age. Her problem is mainly hearing loss.

    Jones is not the first who gains from the health benefits of whiskey. An old woman from New Jersey (she is 110-years old) said  Miller High Life and shots of Johnny Walker Blue Label contributed to her longevity.

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    Health Benefits of Whiskey

    Whiskey, like other alcoholic beverages, is often called bad for your health. However, it depends on how you drink. If you drink moderately, you will reap the benefits. Here are some health benefits of whiskey:

    • It prevents dementia (one to six glasses of whiskey a week)

    Based on a  case study conducted by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  in 2003, lower dementia cases were found in people who drink alcoholic beverages moderately than those who do not drink at all.

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    • It gives protection from having stroke

    You might be surprised to hear it. However, a research said one whiskey drink a day can protect you from getting an ischemic stroke.

    • It lowers risks of heart disease

    According to Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen in 1998 and part sponsored by the Scotch Whisky Research Institute,  both whisky and red wine provided protection against coronary heart disease by raising  level of antioxidants in our body.

    What we learn from this old woman is you can be healthy drinking an alcoholic beverage as long as you drink moderately.         

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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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