When we’re young, we dream of living forever.
But when you get up there in years, you understand it’s not about how LONG you live that’s important. It’s about how WELL you live.
You don’t want to be 100 and bed-bound in a care home. You want to hit those years with all cylinders firing, loving every minute of your long and busy life.
And now, scientists have discovered one surprisingly simple habit that helps people not only live longer but do it in style.
It’s the SECRET of the SUPER-AGERS. And it’s something you can do yourself, no matter what your age.
Live LONGER… and live BETTER, too
Right now, there are more than 90,000 Americans who are at least 100 years old.
These folks were born in 1920 or earlier. They spoke to Civil War veterans… watched the Babe knock it out of the park… helped their families make it through the Great Depression… and saved the planet during WWII.
And here they are, still walking among us today.
We think of that as incredible (and it is). But there are people out there who think it’s no big deal – because there are places in the world where living past 100 is typical and even expected.
Scientists have long been fascinated by these “Blue Zones,” as they’re known. And in one study, researchers traveled to several to figure out WHY these folks live longer than the rest of us.
Specifically, they studied the famous super-agers of Okinawa, Japan… Sardinia, Italy… Icaria, Greece… Nicoya, Costa Rica… and the Seventh Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, Calif. (the only “Blue Zone” in America).
The folks living in these Blue Zones had a few things in common. You can probably guess some of them.
For example, NONE of them were eating processed foods. In fact, all of these communities were basically eating a fresh foods diet that can be described as Mediterranean-ish.
Super-Agers often share this ONE healthy hobby
But there’s one other habit the Blue Zoners shared you likely won’t guess.
It had nothing to do with what they ate. All of these Super-Agers… in different spots around the world… are CRAZY about gardening.
A coincidence? I don’t think so – because a garden isn’t just a plot of land. It’s a commitment. It forces you to go outside every day and do a little work, giving you both exercise and sun exposure.
And studies confirm the Super-Agers really ARE onto something. There are measurable and specific benefits to gardening that could help you live longer.
For example, one found that seniors who garden have a 36 percent lower risk of dementia. Another found that tending a garden… especially after a stressful activity… cuts levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
So if you’ve got the space… or have a garden that you’ve let the weeds reclaim… this is an excellent time to get it back in shape. Peak summer planting season may be over, but there are still plenty of options for this time of year.
Search Google for your region and planting seasons to see what makes sense. And if all else fails, many herbs grow fast any time of year. And they will give you something delicious and nutritious to use in the kitchen, too.
Plus, if you plant the right kind you can protect your aging brain at the same time. To discover the top 5 powerful herbs for better brain health, click here.