People From This Small Village Live To Be 100

Living to be 100 years old is something to marvel at, but living to be a century and in great health is even more astonishing. Scientist are baffled by residents in the small village of Acciaroli, Italy. The town has a population of 2,000 and boast about 300 elders who have reached the age of 100 with 20 percent of them reaching 110.

“For us, it’s natural,” Acciaroli Mayor Stefano Pisani told CBS. “We have many people living 100 years.”   Many of them say they feel young and need little to no assistance to complete daily tasks. According to New York Post the small village, located on the country’s southern coast, has prompted researchers to study the residents way of life and figure out why they live so long.

One secret they’ve found is rosemary, they grow the herb and use it as a garnish or in oils. The herb prevents diseases such as Alzheimer’s and improves brain function and memory. Researchers also attribute the residents good health to their diet of fresh fish and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Despite a diet filled with wine and cigarettes, they have less Alzheimer’s, cataracts and bone fractures, according to Dr. Alan Maisel a cardiologist and professor at the University of California, San Diego.

“We don’t see any heart failure, they have high blood pressure, but the heart seems good in practically everybody we’ve measured. So there’s something there,” Maisel said.

It also helps that the residents live a tranquil laid back lifestyle and live in an untouched utopia. Acciaroli doesn’t have a lot of industry so the air they breath is unpolluted, as well as gorgeous weather, mild temperatures, Mediterranean breezes and lots of sunshine.

We are definitely taking notes as we could learn from these wise elders.  

Things You Should Never NOT Do When You’re Dieting

Lately it seems like everyone has their own secret to losing weight, something they swear by over all other methods. Whether it’s counting calories meticulously to going paleo to only eating foods that are a certain color (we’re not kidding), every new diet trend promises it’s better and healthier than the rest.

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While the most sensible advice doctors give is, “Go with what works for you,” there are some pretty generally terrible dieting beliefs out there that should be stopped in their tracks. For example, have you noticed that everyone seems to be asking for gluten-free everything? Gluten is the proteins that are found in wheat based foods like breads and pastas, and while some people can have a gluten allergy (or celiac disease), for most people, gluten is a healthy and necessary part of their diet. Cut out overly processed foods instead, like cakes and cookies, and stick to whole grain breads and pastas.

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Another bad piece of advice is to avoid bananas and carrots because they have a lot of carbs and sugar. While they do have slightly more than the average fruit/vegetable, they also contain lots of good vitamins and fiber, and are a much more healthy alternative to the sugars and carbs in processed sweets. All calories are not created equal, and while it’s true that you could lose weight by eating a small amount of junk food, it’s not good the overall well being of your body. A good general rule is to cut back on foods that are made, and eat more foods that are grown.

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Another one you may have heard is to avoid egg yolks, and only eat the whites. A new study has debunked the idea that the yolks contribute to heart disease, and in fact says that consuming whole eggs could lower the risk of stroke! Similarly, dieting people have been consistently told to avoid fat at all cost. This is flat out wrong. Healthy fats are an important part of a diet and can keep you full so you don’t snack on addicting foods full of sugar and salt between meals. In moderation, nuts and avocados are a good source of healthy fats that make losing weight easy!