Human life is changing every single day and with the ever increasing pressures and stress that we face, our abilities to cope with a number of illnesses has reduced thereby bringing down the life expectancy for human beings. And we seek for the remedy all over, following diet charts and gym sessions every day. But seldom do we realize that the answer lies in front and is simple.
For us, who have buried ourselves under the infinite pressures that life has to offer a healthy and carefree life seems like a distant relative. But there is a man who has challenged the modern notions and lived a vigorous and healthy life for 123 long years. Born in 1890, Carmelo Flores of Bolivia, South America has been declared the oldest person living in the entire world. A native farmer by profession, Flores all has lead a simple life and a regular healthy diet contributing the most to his perfect well being.
The secret behind Flores’ long life is the traditional diet he has always maintained. The three foods that constitute as the biggest chunk of his diet include: quinoa, riverside mushrooms and coca leaves that he chews all the time.
For the ones who are unaware of the Bolivian food, quinoa is a grain like crop that is grown mainly for the edible seeds it produces. Known as the super food, quinoa is high in protein content is a source of whole protein intake. According to Flores, quinoa with potatoes is a tasty delight.
The coca leaves when chewed raw or made into tea, are a rich source of minerals like potassium, phosphorous and calcium, adequate amounts of protein, fiber and also required quantities of vitamins.
Apart from these, Flores declines having any noodles or rice, but prefers only barley. He also fancies drinking fresh water from the stream flowing down from IIampu, the highest snow clad mountain peak in Bolivia.
All these foodstuffs account to a healthy diet that has kept Flores in a perfect physical condition. He avoids alcohol consumption and agrees to have consumed a lot of mutton and pork in his youth. He had also hunted foxes in his early days for his diet.
Not just the diet, he also gives credit to the long walks he takes, especially with the animals as they make him walk more thereby keeping him energetic. He still walks without a cane and has never had any kind of serious illnesses. He speaks in a clear voice and has perfect eyesight as well.
The local government of Bolivia on 26th August, 2013 has honored him with the title ‘Living heritage of humanity’. This is an inspiration all, suggesting that a healthy life with proper diet and sufficient physical activity can make us fit and healthy. Despite the busy lives that await us every morning sparing a few minutes for exercise or yoga along with a proper diet can reap us benefits for a long time. Though we all may not live as long as Carmelo Flores, we can do our best to lead a life without any illnesses or disorders.