Monday 21 August 2017

Write side... Professor Bertil Marklund on how to live 10 years longer

 

Bertil Marklund
Bertil Marklund
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

Professor Bertil Marklund on his bestseller The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer.

What led you to write this book and how successful has it been?

I thought: who wouldn't want to find the key to a longer life? I've found it. I wanted to show people how they can prolong their lives potentially by 10 years. It has been published in 27 languages.

Why do Swedes live longer?

Swedish nature encourages outdoor activities and rejuvenating exercise. Our diet is healthy - lots of berries, vegetables, oily fish, and seafood. The Swedish mentality of 'lagom' also helps.

What is lagom?

Lagom essentially means "not too much and not too little" - just the right amount. It's an outlook on life that concerns balance and doing things in moderation.

How crucial are sun, sleep and coffee?

Important - and enjoyable! Sunbathe 15 minutes every day of summer, take a nap during the day, drink a couple of coffees every day (or tea if you prefer).

What age do you feel and how long do you hope to live?

Your age is how you feel. I am 71 but I feel like 50 and when I meet my grandchildren, I feel even younger. As a member of the 120 club, I aim to become 120.

How do you stop life-sapping stress?

It's as dangerous as smoking. Lower the demands on yourself. Don't be available all the time - turn off your smartphone (at least at night!)

What's your breakfast super-drink?

Make a smoothie from fruit and vegetables you like every day. Also make a drink with turmeric, chilli peppers and cinnamon.

Am I okay eating bacon, sausages, and fried eggs?

Yes, if you want to speed up your ageing process! But sometimes you must sin - eat your favourite breakfast once a week and enjoy every bite! Add fresh vegetables and the harm will be negligible.

Bacon and eggs and broccoli? No thanks!

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