What’s the secret to good health?
You know those annoying people at work who never catch the office cold? So does writer Gene Stone-and he wanted to figure out their secrets. Stone tracked down 25 people who “never get sick” and collected their stories into his new book, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick. Here are five of the most interesting.
1. Brewer’s yeast
Eighty-three-year-old Barbara Stone drinks brewer’s yeast dissolved in water every morning-even when travelling, which she does often as a surveyor on archeological digs in the Great Syrian Desert. A good source of many vitamins and minerals, brewer’s yeast (not to be confused with the yeast used in baking bread) is a byproduct of making beer, though it can be grown specifically as a nutritional supplement as well. In addition to dissolving in water, Stone suggests sprinkling it on popcorn, cereal or yogurt, or adding to soups, sauces and baked goods.
2. A low-calorie diet
Calorie restriction-lowering your average daily caloric intake by about 20 to 30 percent-has been making headlines for years for its promise (primarily based on animal studies) to lengthen people’s lives. According to Stone, actor George Burns, who lived a long and healthy life, dying in 1996 at the age of 100, may have practised calorie restriction. And recent studies have shown that eating less could lower your risk of aging-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease.