Did you know that there are still people today who live longer, even up to hundreds of years. This is the story of a man in China named Li Qing Yun (1677-1933), he died at the age of 256 years. According to legend, Mr. Li Qing Yun (1677-1933) was a doctor of Chinese medicine, herbal expert, qigong master, and strategy consulting. He is said to have lived through nine emperors in the Qing dynasty for 256 years.
May 1933 obituary in Time magazine, titled "Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog," Li revealed secret of longevity, "Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog."
Li is said to have an unusual habit in daily life. He does not drink or smoke and eat regularly. He is a vegetarian, and often drinking wolfberry tea (a type of goji berry).
He slept early and woke up early. When she has free time, he sat upright with eyes closed and hands in her lap, as it does not move at all for a few hours. Li spent his entire life studying Chinese herbs and discover the secrets of longevity, traveling through provinces in China and up to Thailand to gather herbs and treat illnesses.
Dan Buettner, author of "The Blue Zones: Lessons Longevity of Oldest Living Person," longevity science research. In his book and TED talks, 2009, he examined the lifestyles of four distinct geographic populations around the world.
All groups: residents of Okinawa, Sardinia, California Adventists, and the Costa Rican-live to over 100 years is far greater than most people, or they live a dozen years longer than average. He called the place where these groups live "blue zones."
According to research Buettner, all blue-zone groups eat diet vegetable material. Adventist group in Loma Linda, California, a lot of eating nuts and green vegetables as mentioned in the Bible. Herders who live in the highlands of Sardinia eat unleavened wheat bread, cheese from grass-eating animals, and a special wine.
Buettner found that a low calorie diet helps in prolonging life, as demonstrated by a group of healthy elderly Okinawan memraktekkan Confucian rules to stop eating when 80 percent full.
Perhaps wolfberry tea Li Qing Yun plays an important role in health. After hearing the story of Li, a medical researcher from Britain and France did in-depth study of wolfberry and found that it contains an unknown vitamin called "Vitamin X," also known as the "beauty vitamin."
Their experiments confirmed that wolfberry inhibits fat accumulation and increase of new liver cells, lowering blood glucose and cholesterol, and so on.
Wolfberry perform the role of rejuvenation: It activates the brain cells and endocrine glands, increase the secretion of hormones, and eliminate the accumulation of toxins in the blood, which may help maintain normal function of organs and tissues.
Researchers have found many benefits of regular meditation. Neuroscientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School asked two groups of high-tech employee stress meditate for eight weeks and as a comparison group, another group alive as ever.
They found that the group who meditate "shows a shift in activity in the left frontal lobe," writing an article in Psychology Today, 2003. "Mental shift that reduces the negative effects of stress, mild depression, and anxiety. There is also a reduction in activity in the amygdala, the fear center in the brain."
Meditation also reduces brain shrinkage due to aging and improve heart calm and quiet transaction. In addition to meditation, Buettner found that a self soothing as this prevents the inflammation (which is a stress reaction).
Group of California Adventist Sabbath strictly enforce their time for 24 hours, in which there is time for introspection, prayer, and enjoyed their social circle.
Buettner also found that the community is a major factor in the longevity of blue-zone groups. Model Okinawa has many close friends, with whom they are sharing everything. Highlands of Sardinia has a reverence for parents that are not found in modern western society. The Adventists put family first. A sense of belonging, having healthy friends and family to encourage individuals to live healthy too.
In "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell examines Italian group called Rosetans, who migrated to the western area of ??Bangor, Pennsylvania. According to the list, they suffer less heart disease and generally live a long, healthy life. After investigation, it was determined that their secret is not genetic or diet (41 percent of their diet from fat).
"Rosetans has created strength, protective social structure capable of isolating them from the pressures of the modern world," writes Gladwell. "The healthy Rosetans where they came from, because they have created a world for themselves in a small town in the hills."
Living with Purpose
Along the way, Buettner found a common theme among blue-zone groups that none of them have the concept of "retirement". Still find it to be useful to old men is the secret. Directed to the end of life is a recipe Okinawa and Sardinia. In groups, Buettner met men and women who centenarian continue up the hill, build a fence, raising fish, and keep the grandchildren.
Interestingly, none of them are intentionally exercising like Westerners who go to the gym. "They simply live active lives that run physical activity," said Buettner. They all walk, cook and do housework themselves, and many of their gardening.