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Longevity, Part Two
By Peter Borten, L.Ac., The Dragontree’s Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Last month we discussed some practices that are associated with living a longer life. You can read last month’s newsletter here. This month we’ll explore some more. Again, these things will enhance the quality of your life, regardless of how much life you have left. So, they’re worth adopting even if you have no particular desire to live to 150.
Eating Habits: I could write pages about nutrition, but for the sake of space and simplicity, I’ve chosen to write on the four things you can change about your eating that will have the greatest impact.
One: Undereat. Experiments have shown that mice that are never fed to the point of "fullness" can live several times longer than mice that are allowed to eat their fill. The same is likely true for humans. You don’t need to starve yourself. Even if you merely avoid overeating, you’ll be doing something great for your body. Overeating is taxing to our bodies and is a clear sign that we are in some way "disconnected" in the act of eating.
Two: Focus. Eat in a slow, deliberate, seated, relaxed, and enjoyable way, without doing anything else at the same time (e.g., reading, walking, driving, watching television). Put your fork / spoon / chopsticks down after eat bite. This supports good absorption of the nutrients in the food, and connects you to the sanctity and pleasure of feeding yourself. Unless you eat really yucky food, there’s no good reason not to savor it. Also, when you dine this way, it’s harder to overeat.
Three: Reduce your consumption of sugar (and avoid artificial sweeteners). This includes all sugars – evaporated cane juice, agave nectar, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, rice syrup, molasses, malt, etc. – and other refined carbohydrates, such as flour. It’s true that some of these worse than others, but the point is, humans are just not built to handle the large amounts of sugar many of us consume. Sugar suppresses the immune system, taxes our adrenal glands and pancreas, contributes to obesity, and promotes diabetes – the leading cause of blindness and amputations in the elderly.
Four: Choose foods with vitality in them. In the words of Dr. Paul Greenbaum, one of my favorite nutrition teachers, the main guiding criteria for choosing a good food should be whole, pure, and natural.
Laughter: If you can’t laugh at life, why mess around with longevity? We’re all familiar with the saying that laughter is good medicine, and we all like to do it, so let’s invite more of it into our lives. Watch comedies, listen to comedy on your way to and from work, tell jokes, tickle, make funny faces, or join a laughing group (people who get together to induce themselves and each other to laugh). Full belly laughs are best – they get the whole body involved. Meanwhile, reduce the degree to which you cultivate bad feelings (fear, grief, sadness, pain, horror) by cutting down on violent and scary movies, and media that sensationalizes tragedy.
Singing: When you sit hunched over at a desk, the chest tends to be closed and the abdomen squashed. When you sing or chant, you have to work your abdomen and open your chest, which helps undo the squashing and collapsing. Singing can help us release emotions, it can be uplifting, it can allow us to connect with others (if we sing in a group), and it can be fun. On a slightly esoteric level, the frequencies and timbres we produce when we sing have a resonant effect throughout our bodies that can enliven and harmonize all of our cells.
Community/Companionship: Most of the longest lived folks have people who check in on them, who expect to see them, who share warm conversation with them, who eat with them, and who often help them do many of the things I recommend in these articles, such as exercise and laugh and sing and dance. When we put ourselves in service to our community, we see our value, we see that we matter, and we take our attention off our own problems for a while. Plus, when we keep fine specimens of the human race nearby, they make us want to stick around longer.
Join us next month for the final installment in our longevity series. Here’s to a community of singing, laughing, long-lived people,
Peter and Everyone at The Dragontree and The Clearing