Zen Buddhist monks’ life expectancy is much longer than the majority of the Earth population. They live up to 120 years, if not longer. And, in general, they are healthy and rarely suffer from serious illnesses.
Although official medicine does not recognise Zen practices as an independent healing technique some doctors and medical centres begin utilising it as a supplementary one. It becomes obvious that it allows use less chemical medications and leads to a cleaner recovery without complications.
Zen is not a theory, an idea, a dogma, a religion or a piece of knowledge.
It is not based on metaphysical theories and rituals and focuses entirely on the mindfulness and a mindful practice of meditation.
The process of aging depends upon the rate at which you consume oxygen. If you meditate regularly Zen meditation brings down the body’s rate of respiration – therefore, you consume lesser oxygen. Zen Buddhism practices clearly demonstrated that simply by regulating your breathing process you keep your body younger than your chronological age! It take many years off your body!
Indian monk Swami Sivananda has a passport that puts his age at 120! How could that be? The monk puts his longevity down to a disciplined life of yoga, no sex and a bland food.
“I eat very simply — only boiled food without oil or spices, rice and boiled dal (lentil stew) with a couple of green chillies,” he told in interview to AFP news agency.
Global studies have confirmed Swami Sivananda’s story. Yoga and meditation retreat helps you live longer.
Research from Harvard Medical School pointed to five things that determine how long and active you will be at 80 and beyond. And they are:
Mediterranean diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and peas, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish and limited amounts of dairy, meat and saturated fats not just protects your heart but also help you live longer. The Mediterranean diet protects telomeres that sit at the ends of your chromosomes and stop the ends from fraying. Telomere length is a biomarker of aging: Shorter telomeres are associated with a lower life expectancy and higher rates of developing chronic diseases. Telomerase can mitigate, and possibly stop, cell aging.
Meditation and yoga:
People who meditate regularly have on average about 30% more activity of the enzyme telomerase than people who don’t, found a study. Telomerase is responsible for repairing telomeres, which become shorter and less effective at protecting the chromosome with age.
Meditation and yoga protect telomere length by lowering mental stress and arousal and improving hormonal factors that promote its maintenance. Yoga programmes also improve balance, provide a safe form of exercise and lowers risk of falls and injury for older people, report researchers from The George Institute for Global Health.
People who walk often and briskly are far more likely to live 15 years longer than those who rarely get up and move, found a study of close to 9,000 people who were followed for 15 years. The study found that being physically active even lowered the negative health effects of other risk factors such as high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure or obesity.
Much as it does with muscles, physical exercise also slows and reverses age-associated degeneration of the brain by feeding it with oxygen and nutrients that help brain cells regenerate. This helps delay age-onset dementia and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Sex and companionship:
More than anti-ageing pills, hormone and vitamin supplements, you need sex and companionship to live longer. Couples who are married and are sexually active live longer than those who don’t, found a major survey of 127,545 adults. Men who marry after age 25 get more protection than those who tie the knot at a younger age, found the study, and the longer they stayed married, the longer they lived in comparison with their unmarried peers.
People living with unmarried partners also fared better than those living alone, but those living with their spouses have the best health of all.
If your parents live past their 70s, there’s a very high chance that you will too. We inherit our genetic code from our parents and these genes, which carry the information needed to build, maintain and repair our body and mind, collaborate with other genes, lifestyle and the environment to determine how healthy we are.
People with parents who live longer have lower rates of some lifestyle diseases, such as heart disease and some cancers, reported a new study this week. The study found that a person’s chances of survival increased by 17% for each decade that at least one parent lived beyond the age of 70.