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Woman, 103, Credits This 1 Fruit And Green Juice For Longevity

“I have done very well, I have wonderful friends,” Taylor adds.

She was married to a Jamaican man for 20 years, then divorced.

Her second marriage was to an American man — a union that lasted for 37 years until his death at age 80.

She cooks her own meals

One of the TikTok videos features Taylor in her kitchen frying a golden-brown caramelized plantain.

She believes home cooking is important for good health and likes to cook her own meals.

“My family, they always have a stomach problem, and I think it’s what they eat,” she says, pointing to the typical American diet.

“Beef and chicken. They have pork because they like ribs. I do, too — once in a while.”

Taylor eats a lot of fish, but little red meat. She loves vegetables and salads. Occasional indulgences have place in her diet, too: She likes ice cream, sweet wine and chips.

Longevity runs in her family

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One of her four sisters lived to be 104, another reached 100 and another passed away at 93.

The only sister who didn’t make it to old age had diabetes and passed away in her 60s.

She credits a special green juice for her good health

Taylor once had an acquaintance who owned a health food store and “taught me a lot of stuff,” she recalls.

She didn’t have a pot in her house — everything was raw. I tried, but I couldn’t do it,” she says.

But one recipe stuck. Every other day, Taylor drinks a glass of green juice that contains:

  • fresh aloe vera chopped into cubes
  • kale
  • parsley
  • ginger
  • celery
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered greens she gets at a health food store
  • water
  • sweetener to make it taste better — Taylor uses Splenda

“My digestion is really great. And I’ve been doing it for about 30 years,” she says. Taylor also credits her healthy skin to her diet.

She eats papaya every morning

More people need to learn about papaya, Taylor says. Her family grew the fruit when she was a child in Jamaica, so she loves to eat it every morning. But she finds many Americans don’t know about it.

Papaya is high in potassium and contains fiber, vitamins A, C and E, plus antioxidants such as lycopene, according to the American Heart Association.

“Papaya is an excellent fruit,” Taylor notes. “I have a couple of slices and half a banana. I’ve doing that for years.”

She also likes to drink hibiscus tea, made from a tropical flower that’s rich in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and supports liver health, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

She exercises by walking in Walmart

Taylor likes shopping for her own groceries, so a family member will drop her off at Walmart. She says she can walk for two hours in the big box retailer as she chooses the items she wants.

Up until last year, the centenarian walked without any issues, but a recent back injury means she now uses a walker.

She asks for what she needs

Life is all about love and peace, but you also have to be proactive, Taylor says.

Her motto is: Ask and you shall receive. Some people are reluctant to do it, fearing they’ll be a bother, but “it’s not true — ask,” she says in one of the TikTok videos.

After an acquaintance gave Taylor the classic self-help book “The Game of Life and How To Play It,” she sought to learn more about how to thrive and be fulfilled.

Pearl.
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Self-love is the only way you can feel happy because when love is coming from you, you can extend it to others, she explains.

Bernal is proud to see her grandmother be an inspiration to women of color and other people who’ve seen her on TikTok.

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