The Bowhead Whale
The Bowhead whale can live for up to 200 years and possibly longer. It is found primarily in the frigid cold waters of the arctic. The whales movements are influenced by the melting and freezing of the sea ice. The Bowhead whale is capable of breaking through sea ice at least 7 inches thick. The whales have large thick skulls, and very powerful big bodies. They can grow up to 60 feet long.
Although I have no real expertise in any particular field of science or medicine, I find the information regarding these animals fascinating. I’ve done countless hours of research. It seems like these days there’s a new article about some amazing new medical breakthrough, discovery, or advancement. In the day of internet information that we live in, research can provide valuable clues to many questions we might have. Questions and theories (although speculative) about the Bowhead whales long life expectancy or longevity could be answered by studying more on the following list.
- DNA and Genetics
- Diet-plankton, phytoplankton, and algae are thought to be sources of nutrients and minerals. Maybe they’re getting healthy fats and vitamins in their diet?
- Cold Climate (perhaps it has a symbiotic relationship with other organisms or creatures that thrive in it’s cold arctic environment?) Could the cold slow down life processes that are happening more rapidly in other animals? Could the cold temperature reduce free radical damage? Does it have any impact on the oxygen levels that are available to these whales?
- Physiology-It’s possible that there are particular microbes and other organisms that are beneficial to the Bowhead whale in its natural cold climate. Perhaps the cold climate is ideal for specific microorganisms and not so friendly for others? This could be a factor when considering longevity? The roles and specific functions of these organisms and their relationship to environments and living creatures should definitely be studied further.
The Blue whale eats a diet of primarily phytoplankton and can live for up to 150 years! Some call plankton, phytoplankton, and algae “superfood”.
In case you’re wondering how any of this applies to humans, there are many factors to take into consideration. For one, many of us are eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Because of modern day industrial farming techniques many of our foods are lacking in nutrients. Add to that over-farming, pollution and the use of pesticides and you might come to the conclusion that many of your most common food staples are no longer as healthy as they once were. There’s now a trend of dieting and eating organic healthy foods as a result.
It’s been reported that human beings have ten times as many bacteria as human cells in their bodies. What this means is that we’re interacting with our environment in many ways. It’s not completely understood how the organisms in your microbiome interact, or all of the processes that they’re responsible for? On the other hand, it is becoming more clear that they play a number of roles when it comes to our health.
It’s just a guess, but perhaps humans thrive with a specific microbial balance? It’s evident that our diet influences our intestinal microbial balance. Maybe there’s even an ideal temperature or oxygen level? It may even be possible that we function at our highest potential due to many factors? For example the earth has a naturally occurring vibration and frequency. Some have speculated that this frequency affects us in ways we don’t fully understand? It’s possible that by changing any of these factors to its natural or most beneficial state, that you can alter your health and longevity. There are genetic factors and switches that are still not fully understood. There are plenty of pieces to this puzzle, and probably several that we’re missing.
Maybe we haven’t achieved optimal health and longevity yet? Maybe in the future, homes will run as functional and healthy environments with ideal conditions? It’s possible that modern technology such as computer or software programs could combine with smart/healthy homes to provide a more people friendly environment. Although this fountain of youth/longevity technology isn’t available yet, and will most likely be criticized and controversial, I do believe it’s in our future, if not possible now.
Genetic factors-How and why we age.
Below I’ve created a list of supplements that are thought to be beneficial for human longevity.
Ah, longevity. Longevity for general health and well-being. Wouldn’t it be nice if our bodies were fully optimized and efficient machines?
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Green and white tea
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