Hundreds of years ago, Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer who sailed with Christopher Columbus to the new world, heard from the Indians of Puerto Rico of a magical water source called the “Fountain of Youth”.
It was said that whoever drank of its waters kept that person perpetually young. Ponce de Leon decided to find this secret spring. For many years, he searched for its exact location.
When he was finally sure of where it could be found, the ambitious sailor asked permission from King Charles v to search for it.
The King agreed, and in 1513 Ponce de Leon and his flee sailed north of Puerto Rico. They eventually discovered the coastline of Florida but they never found the secret gusher that would keep humans alive forever.
Does the fountains of youth really exist? For thousands years, men and women have sought to find the source of longevity. The Greek believed in the power of ambrosia, the Hindu gods sough for a mystical nectar called amrita, which was said to be a magical elixir of eternal youth.
During medieval times, many Europeans wondered about a life-giving spring said to be found in the unexplored territories of Africa and Asia.
Up to now, people are still obsessed with the idea of eternal youth. James Hilton wrote the popular novel Lost Horizon, which was eventually made into an equally popular Hollywood movie, about a magical valley called Shangri-La where the inhabitants live for hundreds of years.
More recent depictions of the theme of eternal youth include the comedy Death Becomes Her, where the aging characters portrayed by Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis discover a seductive enchantress who possessed a secret potion that makes them forever young.
To be 70 years young is something far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.. “-Olive Wendell Homes”
Longevity Is Just Around The Corner!
Well, who want to grow old and useless? In the united states alone, the cosmetic, health, fitness, food and even entertainment industries al thrive on the business of keeping oneself young , creating multibillion dollars revenue out of a very establishes market.
On tv you see aging celebrities supplanted by fresher-looking actors and actress. On the radio, you listen to songs with lines like “I wanna be forever young..”
At the local grocery you choose products with catchy labels that state keep yourself young-looking… and you often meet people who have difficulty stating their real age (do you happen to be one of them?).
Many of the things that supposedly help you keep young and healthy don’t really work. But the good news is that there are a lot more things that can help add life to your years and not years to your life!
And you need not search far for them… because they are actually found not around you but within you.
The modern-day Methuselah
In the bible there was a remarkable patriarch named Methuselah who lived for 969 years. This brings to mind the question: where can you find the oldest persons on earth? Read on.
You would be as foolish as Ponce de Leon to look for somebody who may have reached a good 200 years, but surprise, surprise!
There actually not just individual but groups of people who have gone beyond hundred-year mark.
They are right there in Asia, practically in your own backyard. In japan the population has a well proven life expectancy of 80 years.
Japan is home to two of the world’s oldest people: 113- year-old Yukichi Chuganji (male) and 116-years old Kamato Hongo(female).
Recent statistics show that out of a population of 127 million, there are now 20,561 Japanese who have reached the age of 100. In nearby china, proud, active centenarians can be found living in Guangxi providence’s small village.
One particularly country has nearly a hundred senior citizens who have already celebrate their 100th birthday and over 200 other residents who are now In their 90’s-one of the highest concentrations of advanced old-age people on the globe, according to one local researcher.
If you can find the longest-living people in Asia, you can find the largest concentration of them in Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa. There, the average life expectancy is 81.1 years, even higher than in mainland japan.
Compare that to the average US average life expectancy of 75 years!
Even in faraway Pakistan, there is the pristine Hunza Valley, which was actually the inspiration for Hilton’s famous novel. One village there is even called the village of Centenarian due to its high percentage of advance senior citizens.
In 2003, Americans spent more than $40 billion on diets and weight-loss products. According to one study, the supplement industries reached all-time high sales of $16 billion in 2002.
Currently, over 1,000 manufactures produce about 20,000 different health-oriented products, which are consumed by 100 million people…. “The cost of staying Young”