When you think of areas in the world where people live the longest, you don’t often think of Great Britain. Greasy fish and chips and Banger sausages aren’t exactly the ultimate recipes for longevity. (even though they taste great!) Though Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth appear to be doing quite nicely and the Queen Mum lived to be 101. Both of the Royals are still truckin’ in their 90’s. There must be a secret to British longevity and this is what I think it is.
Long Live Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
It’s said Queen Elizabeth favors a type of detox diet. According to several sources, she takes 2 Tablespoons of olive oil every night and drinks several cups of tea each day. As we all know, when it’s tea time, everything stops in England.
Below is a sample of what Queen Elizabeth eats on a typical day.
- Breakfast – orange juice, fruit, and toast. She may also eat cornflakes or porridge and rumor has it she eats it out of a Tupperware bowl.
- Lunch – a salad with turkey or seafood.
- High Tea –English tea with crunchy biscuits, orange jam or curd.
- Dinner – steamed vegetables with some shredded cheese.
- Snacks – optional raw carrots, cucumber slices or tomatoes.
- In the evening, both the Queen and Prince enjoy a glass of vermouth.
Queen Elizabeth is just over 5′ tall and weighs approximately 135 lbs, which is a healthy weight for her age.
Scientists believe another reason for their longevity and good health may be attributed to the mineral water they drink at Balmoral Castle.
Recent tests by a bioscience company have revealed that the mineral water rises from a spring at the edge of Balmoral, and then flows through the sub-strata of the Royal estate. It helps keep their skin youthful into old age and also protects against toxic molecules linked to age-related diseases.
The British Royal Family has used and endorsed homeopathy for three generations.
The Queen Mother was the Royal Patron of the British Homeopathic Association. Her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, is said to never travel without her personal homeopathic first-aid kit by her side.
There’s a village in England where residents have been known to live to advanced ages. It’s called Montacute and it’s on the radar as a longevity hotspot.
The residents eat organically grown fruits such as apples, pears, plums, cherries and berries from trees and bushes grown in garden allotments as well as free-range wheat. They also drink mineral-rich water. Many attribute their longevity to the soil in their gardens which is chemical free.
British Longevity Summed Up
Take a lesson from the Queen and Prince and all the jolly oldsters in Merry Ol’ England. Enjoy your food, but eat in moderation. Drink a spot or two of tea during the day and perhaps a small nightcap. Eat fresh organic foods whenever possible and stay active. If you do, you’ll live royally for many years to come.
What’s your favorite English dish? Please leave a comment below.