Do not underestimate the importance of what Professor Valter Longo disclosed in his longevity diet. I'll explain why.
There is a risk of taking these instructions as one of the many food approaches that come and go depending on the fashion and current trends.
- 1 DIET OF LONGEVITY: DIFFERENCE FROM OTHER DIETS OF THE MOMENT TREND
- 1.1 THE 5 PILLARS OF THE LONGEVITY DIET
- 1.2 HOW MANY YEARS OF LIFE IN HEALTH CAN YOU EARN?
- 1.3 WHO IS VALTER LONGO
- 1.4 THEORY OF PROGRAMMED LONGEVITY
- 1.5 THE GENES THAT ACCELERATE THE AGING AND WHAT TURNS ON THEM
- 1.6 DIET OF LONGEVITY AND DIET MIMA FAST
- 1.7 (IN BRIEF) THE APPROACH BASED ON THE DIET OF LONGEVITY
- 1.8 CONCLUSIONS
DIET OF LONGEVITY: DIFFERENCE FROM OTHER DIETS OF THE MOMENT TREND
The diet of longevity, unlike trendy diets, is the fruit of 25 years of scientific research. 25 years of research related to what leads to health and longevity!
These results expressed in the diet of longevity are also the sum of 5 different disciplines integrated between them.
THE 5 PILLARS OF THE LONGEVITY DIET
The 5 pillars on which the diet of longevity is based are:
1. The basic research and biogerontology
2. The epidemiology
3. The clinical studies
4. The study of centenarians
5. The study of complex systems
So, since it is so easy to promote the last diet based on nothingness, here on the contrary, the claims made are based on well 5 solid and rational pillars, not on a single one and shaky as often happens.
... and on 25 years of related searches.
So if you are undecided about what to eat, what to drink and what health habits to adopt, this is the best opportunity to make the decision on solid and verified bases at unprecedented levels.
If you are seriously interested in getting healthy and anti-aging benefits from what you eat (and how and when you eat it) then I have the pleasure of introducing you to the Holy Grail of healthy eating.
Imagine you really get on the shoulders of giants to immediately take advantage of this knowledge. This is the hidden potential in the diet of longevity.
You can collect 25 years of labors from thousands of scientists and hundreds of thousands of people involved (studied) in numerous experiments, put them into practice and benefit enormously for your life.
HOW MANY YEARS OF LIFE IN HEALTH CAN YOU EARN?
Starting from the data that Prof. Valter Longo presented on his book "The diet of longevity" we are seriously faced with a unique opportunity to make these food concepts ours and earn 20-30 extra years of healthy living.
This is an investment with very high life value and for those who love life this is a fantastic prospect!
First beginnings and more chances you have to gain years lived in full health and energy. So let's see what to do and what not to do to align with the true diet of longevity and why it should work ...
WHO IS VALTER LONGO
Here I focus only on one particular aspect, namely his particular drive for research that led him to develop this diet. If you want to know all the stories, discoveries and experiences of Prof Longo take his book.
Professor Valter Longo, explains in the autobiographical part at the beginning of the book "The diet of longevity", has dedicated his life to finding the answer to the question ...
"How can we keep ourselves young and functional longer?"
This is fundamentally different from asking a seemingly similar question: "What causes aging?"
This last question leads at most to solutions to buffer the aging process, such as focusing on the use of antioxidants.
On the contrary, the question posed by Dr. Longo leads to discovering everything that can lead the body to self-protecting, self-regenerating and self-rejuvenating.
It is a question of focus, to which the right question can lead you.
This particular focus (concentration on a goal) has led to remarkable discoveries and confirmations on longevity potential inherent in all organisms, including yours!
THEORY OF PROGRAMMED LONGEVITY
The theory of professor Valter Longo on longevity is called "the theory of programmed longevity" and in short it provides that biological organisms have untapped longevity potential.
These untapped longevity potentials represent the extra years we could potentially live. But these remain almost always untapped as the "first phase" of life (juvenile or adult phase) is sufficient to guarantee the achievement of the procreative goal.
But those longevity potentials are still there and can be exploited thanks to a two-step food approach characterized by diet of longevity and mima-fasting diet.
THE GENES THAT ACCELERATE THE AGING AND WHAT TURNS ON THEM
One of the rationals on which the diet of longevity is based is the activation of geni aging (identified during Professor Longo's research) by specific nutrients.
Aging and diseases are inextricably linked.
Aging causes diseases and a biological slowdown in aging processes also tends to improve health parameters.
That is, if you manage to slow down the biological processes of aging implicitly you can also keep the body healthy while the years go by. How beautiful!
When the aging genes are activated (or hyperactivated) they also tend to arise chronic-degenerative diseases which are currently decimating the world population: cardiovascular diseases, 2 diabetes, tumor diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and so on.
When the aging genes are kept in a non-activated (silent) state as much as possible the incidence of those same diseases is reduced.
But what turns on those genes that lead to aging and disease?
Surely at least two well-known foods have this capacity ...
Warning: Prof. Longo speaks of proteins in the generic sense but suggests that the harmful proteins are those of animal origin.
Meat, eggs and dairy products they are therefore banned.
Proteins (especially certain amino acids) are essential, but not all protein sources are the same.
Appropriately dosed vegetable proteins (therefore not in excess) are beneficial to the goal of healthy longevity.
Specific instructions for the use of vegetable proteins as quantity and distribution in meals are provided in the book "the diet of longevity" to which I do not want to replace. Would not it be nice!
I greatly respect the immense work behind these results and I do not intend to make a bignami in this article.
As for sugars, anything that raises blood sugar quickly falls into this category. Therefore it does not mean only sugar proper (sucrose). Also included are fast sources of glucose such as white flours, refined pasta and rice and common potatoes.
For more information on why sugar is bad and what are the hidden sources of sugar go to the article: "Does sugar hurt? 36 spoons of sucrose in a fanta and natural substitutes (really healthy)".
DIET OF LONGEVITY AND DIET MIMA FAST
Diet of longevity and mima-fasting diet are two distinct but integrated approaches.
If you follow the diet of longevity you are not necessarily obliged to follow the mima-fasting diet, but it is the integration between the two that guarantees the most spectacular health and anti-aging results.
I would like to give an overview of the mima-fasting diet in the next article dedicated to her.
For now we remain focused on the diet of longevity, which still represents the food base to maintain for most of the time.
You only anticipate that the mima-fasting diet represents a short period of lightening of the diet commitment marked by a certain number and type of calories for 5 days (+ 1 of transition from the mimic-fasting diet to the diet of longevity).
Why do I really like the longevity diet of Prof Longo?
Perhaps because it has only confirmed the food synthesis that I had already stated several times in various articles and in other contexts 🙂
In short, Valter Longo and 25 years of scientific research have validated the approach that I thought (and now even more!) The most balanced, sustainable and valid for long-term health.
(IN BRIEF) THE APPROACH BASED ON THE DIET OF LONGEVITY
In the presentation of Prof. Longo I have seen again (sometimes unpopular) concepts already expressed on this blog as ...
- Diet on a vegan basis, but with the important exception of the addition of fish (better wild salmon) 2-3 times a week
- Lots of good, filling vegetables
- Whole grains including wholemeal bread
- Oil seeds such as walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds (30g per day)
- Almond milk
- Little fruit (!)
- No meat
- No sugar
- Virtually no dairy
- Nothing traditional pastry
- No white flours, no pasta, no ordinary potatoes
- Alcohol? just a little wine (if you like)
- Abundant EVO oil (Extra virgin olive oil)
- Omega-3 supplementation (from pure and concentrated fish oil)
- Better organic foods
- Yes tococonut oil (for anti-Alzheimer's protection)
- Coffee ok
These are the guidelines, other indications can be found in the book by prof Longo.
It would be important for you to read the entire book "The diet of longevity" by Valter Longo to deepen the topic and take all the details of this diet. This would certainly also give you a boost to improve your habits.
For example, in this book we don't just talk about diet but also about benefits that physical activity and inner attitude have on a healthy longevity. All elements that you find perfectly expressed also in the practice of the ancient discipline of Yoga.
In this regard, see the article: "Benefits of Yoga: longevity, well-being, high quality of life, and the 3 rule positions".
Note: Under the heading of "little fruit" we once again associate the fructose problem that had already been mentioned several times in this blog. Fructose generates a lot of problems, so even in the diet of longevity it is generally banned.
Fruit is allowed (whole) but in a very reduced (moderate) way compared to average consumption.
To know why fructose has negative effects on health and body weight and which are the main food sources of fructose besides fruit, go to the article: "Fructose is bad: what they don't tell you about agave syrup, honey and other natural sweeteners (including some fruit)"
As a conclusion I would say ... continue to follow this blog because obviously we are on the right path! 🙂
Then, take Prof Longo's book "The Longevity Diet" because it is one of the most important books ever written on healthy eating. In fact, it provides instructions for gaining years (even tens) and enjoying life as an individual active, healthy and happy.
What is exposed in the diet of longevity does not contradict what a healthy and passionate research on healthy eating had already partially provided. And it's nice to know this.
But there's more. A new and fundamental piece of the puzzle of longevity is given in mima-fasting diet. The latter is integrated into the longevity diet, greatly enhancing its health and anti-aging benefits.
I'll go into it better in the next article, so stay tuned!
Have you already read Valter Longo's book on the longevity diet? what do you think about it? Write a comment in the appropriate area at the bottom of the article and let me know your point of view!
If you haven't read it yet, you can find it here: The diet of longevity
While his latest book with 200 recipes can be found here: At the table of longevity
See you soon,
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Sources and resources:
The diet of longevity by Valter Longo - Antonio Vallardi Editore ed. 2016.