The Okinawans (in Japan) are well renowned for living the longest of all population groups. A 25 year longitudinal study by Dr. Bradley Willcox, Dr. Craig Willcox, and Dr. Suzuki, in their book The Okinawa Way, tells us about their Centenarian Diet and their characteristics:
The Okinawan lifestyle is as close to the anti-aging lifestyle one can find being followed today by a large population group.
To further improve and add years to their already long life expectancy based on current anti-aging research, the following should be considered:
The type of lifestyle that Centenarians live can be incorporated into the AFS recovery program when applicable. The Centenarians utilize martial arts for their exercise. Exercise is a great form of stress relief and can help regulate the thyroid, cortisol levels, blood glucose, insulin, growth hormones, blood flow, and depression risk. Exercise can make up the foundation of AFS recovery – if applied correctly – as excessive exercise can actually cause more damage to adrenals. Using breathing and meditation exercises like the Centenarians can greatly improve health.
The increased amount of DHEA and testosterone levels in the Centenarians is of importance to AFS. Although the adrenal cortex is responsible for the synthesis of all the sex hormones, DHEA is the exception. DHEA – as well as estrogen and testosterone – come from pregnenolone. Pregnenolone precedes progesterone production – which is crucial to making the anti-stress hormone cortisol. A chronic deficiency of pregnenolone is present in AFS, which is why pregnenolone and DHEA are sometimes supplemented for healthy adrenals. Bear in mind that low laboratory level of these hormones in advanced stages of AFS does not necessarily mean that replacement is needed as they may be shunted to make downstream hormones such as cortisol.
Any Disruption of adrenal cortisol production deters the body’s ability to fight stress by way of the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) system. All systems and organs are interlinked through the NEM, so dysregulation to any part can cause a cascading effect of unsavory symptoms in the body.
The Centenarian diet is key, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, and soy products with flavonoids. These foods promote a low-glycemic diet that maintain constant blood sugar. Maintaining a balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates is central to healing from AFS.
The Centenarian lifestyle proves an effective through healthy heart and brain function, as well as a dramatic decrease in cancer occurrence. By applying these same actions described above, we too can encourage healthy stress mitigation via the NEM by improving overall function in the body.