Longevity can be achieved by making simple dietary keys, according to gut health doctor Dr. Megan Rossi.
Until humanity disintegrates into how to predict the future, life expectancy will remain fraught with uncertainty. And while you can’t predict with 100% accuracy how long you’ll live, research suggests that you can increase your life expectancy by up to a decade by making simple nutritional switches.
Gut health therapist Megan Rossi praised the benefits of eating six “super” ingredients.
She based her advice on a recent study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, that found that packing more botanicals into your diet can increase life span by 10 years.
According to Rossi, these “six super ingredients,” which can add a “decade to your life,” are:
– the fruit
– All the grains
– Herbs and spices.
Digging more in detail, the doctor said that 20 grams of nuts added up to two years to the participants’ life expectancy.
The study also found that you can add three years to your life by simply switching to whole grains, Dr. Rossi said.
She also recommended trying to include 30 different plants in your diet each week.
Rossi said feeding your gut bacteria can regulate your hormones and boost your defenses against disease, among other things.
The researchers combined data from several studies that looked at diet and longevity, along with data from the Global Burden of Disease Study, which provides a summary of population health in many countries, according to rt.
By combining this data, the researchers were then able to estimate how much life expectancy varied with ongoing changes in intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, refined grains, nuts, legumes, fish, eggs, dairy, red meat, processed meat, and sugary drinks.
The authors then produced an ideal longevity diet, which they then compared to a typical Western diet – which mostly contains large amounts of processed foods, red meat, high-fat dairy, high-sugar foods, and prepackaged foods.
According to their research, the optimal diet includes more legumes (beans, peas, and lentils), whole grains (oats, barley, brown rice), nuts, and a little more red and processed meat.
The researchers found that a perfect diet from age 20 would increase life expectancy by more than a decade for women and men from the United States, China and Europe.
They also found that changing from a Western diet to an optimal diet at age 60 would increase life expectancy by eight years.
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