A novel scientific theory, developed by an evolutionary biologist over 30 years of research, says it is possible to add ten and even twenty healthy years to your life. The key to longevity, Dr. Michael Rose at the University of California at Irvine proposes, is not some new-fangled theory, but understanding how our ancestors lived, what they consumed, what kind of exercise they did. That is the blueprint, he believes, to living a longer, healthier life.
Dr. Rose selectively bred different fruit flies for longevity for many years. He found that one group lived an astounding FOUR times longer than their not-so-lucky cohorts. And they acted young all that time, maintaining high energy and sexual activity all their lives. Once Dr. Rose identified the genetic differences between his flies and their mortal cousins, he had an extraordinary insight. He hypothesized that living a longer, healthier life was connected with the evolutionary life patterns in both animals and humans, and offered the key to longevity: diet and lifestyle.
Strange as it sounds, the longevity genes in the fruit flies that Dr. Rose studied have approximately 90% in common with those in humans. So his focus became studying how our ancestors lived, what they ate, what exercise they did daily. “Mother Nature”, he says, “is not our friend after we reach the end of our reproduction age at around forty. In her scheme, we are now dispensable and have few mechanisms to counteract aging-related diseases. Worse, modern diets and lack of – or wrong types of – exercise accelerate our decline and encourage heart disease, cancer and more. Factoring in chronic stress, no wonder the average person dies at least ten years prematurely and suffers and declines unnecessarily during the last 7-8 years.”
So how can we stop this negative progression? According to Dr. Rose, all we need to do is get back to basics: live, eat and exercise as closely as possible to how our ancestors did. And he doesn’t mean our grandparents or great-grandparents. He means our Stone Age ancestors who lived thousands of years before the dawn of the agricultural age. “Ironically,” Dr. Rose muses, “farming and commercial food production, which made it possible for civilization to flourish, also led to most of the diseases we suffer from today.” Why? Because foods that dominate farming, notably grains, dairy and legumes, were not part of our ancestors’ diets. So we have not genetically adapted to them yet. Adaptation takes much longer than the 5-10,000 years humans have been eating them. Consequently, our bodies started to rebel, and specifically after age 40 or so, we age prematurely and develop killer diseases.
Dr. Rose suggests a pretty radical regime: to eliminate all grains, dairy and legumes from your diet, especially once we reach 40, and to eat a wide variety of fresh veggies, fruits and nuts and some free-range animal products. A colleague of his, David Kekich, of the Maximum Life Foundation (www.MaxLife.org), has adopted his regime: “While I missed many foods in the beginning, I found tasty alternatives and now feel better than I ever have in my life. I exercise like a cave man; they walked a lot, jogged some, sprinted from time to time, carried heavy stuff and got plenty of undisturbed sleep. We can follow their routine easily with modern exercise routines and proper diet.” In fact, Kekich is so convinced of this basic path to longevity that he wrote a book about it, Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100. You can get it at Amazon.com and start your own path to healthy longevity today.