01.09.2015 Community

Live to Past 100

We have the potential to live well into our hundreds, both pain-free and drug-free, according to a leading Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner. But it means giving up a hectic fast paced lifestyle and slowing down to savour the moment.
With human organs expected to last 130 years, it highlights the importance of a balanced and mindful lifestyle in transforming one into a fit and healthy supercentenarian.

"More and more people around the globe are living happily and healthily into their hundreds with most Western cultures lagging behind, says Dr Shuquan Liu, CEO and founder of TCM Australia.

"For Australians, Americans and New Zealanders, it's the overconsumption of food and drink, not enough sleep, emotional imbalances, too much exercise and not enough regularity in their lifestyles that's stopping them from functioning and living longer."

He advocates ancient traditional Chinese medicine treatments like acupuncture and massage in different points and special Chinese herbal formulas for infertility, high blood pressure, insomnia, obesity and other medical conditions caused by unhealthy and unbalanced lifestyles.

"At TCM Australia we believe in the traditional remedies that have succeeded for over 5000 years. These natural Chinese herbs and drug-free therapies have the power to improve people's immune systems without side effects and increase the functioning of each of the five main internal organs - liver, lungs, kidneys, heart and spleen - so people are left feeling and looking younger, and staying healthy for the rest of their lives," says Dr Liu.

"The key is to listen to our bodies. By actively pursuing balance in our lives and becoming more conscious of our choices, we can minimise the unnecessary strain on our bodies caused by stress, overworking, diet, incorrect exercises, too much emotion and seasonal changes." 

Dr Liu's top 5 everyday tips to living to over 100 

1.  Reduce food and drink intake. Overconsumption makes it difficult for your body to process the fuel it needs to function efficiently. The key is to only eat and drink when you are hungry and thirsty. Listen to your body and it will help you to find the right balance.

2.  Make sleep a priority. Because sleep is when your body repairs itself to keep you healthy, it is important to sleep a minimum of seven to eight hours every night, avoid technology for at least an hour before bed and sleep in a comfortable bed in a quiet, dark room.

3.  Avoid too much emotion. Emotion can be a wonderful thing but too much can seriously damage your organs. Simple breathing exercises and calming practices like meditation, tai chi and yoga are great ways to achieve inner peace. 

4.  Practise mindfulness during exercise. If you are tired, sick, suffer from a long term illness or carry excess weight, you should avoid all high impact exercise. Our organs supply only a small amount of energy for physical movement each day so if you exceed this limit your body can become overused and eventually damaged beyond repair.

5. Keep to a regular daily schedule. The more regimented your days are, the better it is for your health. Try having breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as going to sleep and waking up at around the same time each day. The new benchmark for an increasingly long and happy life is simplifying your commitments and enjoying the feelings of wellbeing and peace.