by Andrea Purcell, ND
In a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers in Sweden have studied 900 men over the last 50 years and have come up with predictors of longevity. Of all of the subjects, 111 lived to 90 and had the following predictors:
- They did not smoke
- Moderate coffee intake < 2 cups
- Good socio-economic status by age 50
- Engaged in good physical work capacity at age 54
- Low Cholesterol at age 50
In another study by the National Institutes of Health on 400,000 people showed that those who ate high fiber diets were 22% less likely to die over a nine-year period. The average American consumes 15 grams of fiber daily. Recommendations are 25g/day for women and 38g/day for men. Fiber is beneficial for heart health, respiratory and infectious disease, and cancer. Fiber’s benefits come from vitamins, micro-nutrients, and antioxidants which assist the body in detoxification and are present in whole grains, especially rice bran.
Consider Brown or Black Rice:
Most of us have heard of brown rice but black? Black rice also called forbidden rice, is nutty and chewy and filled with anthocyanins (same antioxidant found in blueberries.) This antioxidant rich food comes with all of its bran layers intact, and the black rice bran has more antioxidants per spoonful compared to blueberries along with less sugar, more fiber and more vitamin E. So go on cook up a pot tonight!
Note from Dr. P:
Reducing toxicity and body cleansing from the inside out are essential for longevity. Fiber is an essential component of this especially rice bran found in brown or black rice. Chlorophyll found in dark leafy greens is also essential in cleansing the body while providing fiber. Drop the coffee and have 2 cups of green tea instead and we have a winning combination.
Move your body! As we age we lose muscle due to inactivity and loss of hormones, this results in loss of mobility, strength and balance. In the words of Jack LaLanne “Let exercise be your king and nutrition be your queen and then you have a kingdom” Stay Healthy, Keep Moving!
-Be Happy, Healthy, & Holistic