Over the years, there have been several theories about the secrets to the longevity of centenarians. Those who have lived over 100 years, have different reasons for their extended stay in life. In a truly remarkable fashion, we present to you 9 Things You Need For A Long And Healthy Life Told By Centenarians.
1. Agnes Fenton who at 110, claimed that three bottles of Miller High life and a glass of whiskey everyday was the reason for her longevity. She started taking booze at the age of forty as a cure for benign tumor as advised by a doctor.
2. Japan has an enviable reputation as a leader in the number of people who are centenarians, and is reported to have over fifty thousand of them. The low-fat diet of the Japanese could be a reason and this is confirmed by Centenarian Misao Okawa, 117, who gave credit to a diet of sushi (a Japanese meal of fermented fish with rice preserved in salt), eight hours of sleep and relaxing as the secret to her longevity.
3. Margareth Dunning, 102, a businesswoman, philanthropist and car enthusiast, has been competing in old car events all over the United States. Although, she didn’t state the reason for her longevity but it is evident from her love for cars, and having started driving at the age of eight, that cars and driving may be attributed to her long stay.
4. Jessie Gallan lived up to 109, and ate plenty of porridge while she was alive and never spent much time with men. She took to exercising and having friendly people around her in the later part of her life. She credited her longevity to the lack of men in her life.
5. A New Yorker by name Duranord Veillard, 108, usually takes a meal of fruit, oatmeal, tea and end up with fish and vegetables. With five to seven pushups every morning, Veillard is able to keep himself fit.
6. Japanese, Tadashi Kozakai credits his good health and longevity to a variety of physical activities such as dancing, and exercise. His workout includes bending, and stretching his knees, shoulders, neck, and finger.
7. Ukranian Hryhorly Nestor ate simple meals, never got married, and lived an active life on a farm in western Ukraine till he died. His meal consisted of home-made food like cabbage, sausage, warm potato and herring.
8. Christian Mortensen Danish born, American centenarian lived for 115 years, attributed “friends, a good cigar, no alcohol, staying positive and a lot of singing” as the secret to longevity. He smoked some couple of cigars every week, and most importantly stayed positive.
9. Canadian Marie-Loiuse Meilleur spent 117 years, before dying in 1998 gave hard work as the primary contributing factor to her long stay in life. Furthermore, she gave up smoking at around 90 years of age and was known to have enjoyed a glass of wine every day.
In conclusion, the reasons for the longevity of these centenarians varies from eating sushi, boozing, plenty of porridge, staying positive, exercising, working hard and to being a car enthusiast. You can only get inspiration from their experiences and wealth of knowledge.