Early in thirties many people’s faces become set, immobile, haggard; their hair is thin, gone, their faces are covered with deep lines; their eyes are dull and tired-looking; their bodies are either flabby and fat, or emaciated. What could be the reason for these shortcomings? Are these people normal?Evidently a condition of this kind cannot be normal. There is a true saying—”You are as old as you think you are” and another one “You cannot have a young body with an old mind.”To live a long life one cannot be old at forty and decrepit at sixty. For that one has to be healthy, strong, vibrant, and active until a very advanced age. To regain our youth and enjoy longevity we must either revert to nature or else imitate natural living conditions as far as possible.
The most important factor in building health and longevity is our food. The secret of youth — when we put living foods into our bodies we build living cells in it; conversely, dead foods destroy cells instead of building healthy new ones, and as a result, the renewal of cells is sluggish; our elimination is impaired and the result is that we retain more of the old worn-out cells. This constitutes the process of aging – the inability to replace worn-out cells with new ones. When, on the other hand, we supply our body with living raw foods abundant with vitamins and minerals we are apt to build young cells, clear our blood of toxins, our skin of irregularities and blotches, get a sparkle of vitality in our eyes, and buoyancy in our legs. All functions of our body will be improved, including our metabolism. This will change not only our feelings of well-being but will actually make us look younger.
There is another very important aspect of longevity and youth-fullness — the will to live. We all know what tremendous influence our mind exerts upon all functions of our body. We have heard of many people who “gave up” on account of debility or incurable sickness and died prematurely mainly due to the lack of will to live. Very often people depart from this world after having reached their life goal. Keep on telling yourself—I am young, I am young, and I am young— until you really become young.
1) Have a goal in life—live for something so that you can always look forward to attaining it and meanwhile have an interest to continue living. After you have reached that goal, no matter what your age is at the time, set yourself another goal;
later on, still another one — never ending this process.
2) Develop enthusiasm. Do things with gusto and enjoy doing them. Do not grumble, sulk, or complain. Do only the things you believe are right—you will then gain faith and assurance in yourself and will enjoy the fruits of your labor.
3) Keep learning new things all the time, have new interests, meet new people and change places often by going visiting, vacationing, and traveling.
4) Associate with young people and people with interesting personalities, vitality, and humor.
5) Take interest in sports, cultivate hobbies, exercise, and do a lot of walking.
6) Wear light-colored clothes—they make you feel glad and young.
7) Carry yourself erect, chest up, shoulders back, and abdomen in.
8) Laugh and joke around with others and even with yourself; have a cheerful, relaxed attitude at all times; enjoy life as you have it; do not cultivate discontentment.