General Health: Ten Ways To Live Longer
Our life is the most precious gift bestowed upon us. It is our duty to do our best to prolong it. People who obey laws of nature and modify their lifestyle accordingly are more likely to live long and healthy lives.
Here are some ways to live longer.
It all begins with the right attitude. According to a study conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,Minnesota, optimists decreased their risk of early death by 50 percent compared to pessimists.
According to Dr. Howard Friedman, people low on adult conscientiousness die sooner. Dr Friedman is a psychologist at the University of California at Riverside. Conscientious people are more likely to create environments at work and home that promote good health.
Obese people usually die young. This has been proved by a study conducted in Sweden. Obesity leads to medical conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart problem. It is very important to get rid of obesity by adhering to low calorie, health diet and regular exercise.
It is a well-known fact that smoking is injurious to health. This useless habit can thwart your aspiration to be a centenarian. Smoking has killed more than two million middle aged people in 2010. It definitely makes sense to give up smoking (if you are a smoker), and to avoid second-hand smoking if you are a non-smoker.
Drink plenty of water. It is very effective in flushing toxins out of the body. It is advisable to avoid consuming simple carbohydrates as they may increase insulin levels in the body. This increases the risk of breast cancer in menopausal women.
Consuming a balanced diet is the key to good health and long life. A balanced diet contains adequate amounts of all the necessary nutrients required for healthy growth and activity.
Consume food items rich in antioxidants. These compounds prevent the cellular damage caused by the free radicals. Green tea, dark chocolate, fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants.
Fasting promotes better health. It promotes detoxification and gives rest to the digestive system. It also corrects high blood pressure. Many centenarians have fasted. It is a good idea to fast one day in a month.
People with pets live longer than people without one. According to a study conducted in 1980, survival rates of heart attack victims who had a pet were 28 percent higher than those of patients who did not have one.
A study led by Rebecca Johnson, a professor or gerontological nursing at the University of Missouri at Columbia, showed that interaction with pets reduces cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the human body. Pets also ensure that you get enough exercise.
Avoid indulgence. Anything in excess is bad; it may be food, drink or even medicine. Excessive use of medicines can cause great harm to the body. Moderation is the key to long life.
It is advisable to develop a sleep schedule. It is important to get the same amount of sleep at the same time every day. Sleep gives your body a chance to heal itself and to regenerate.
It is very important to keep your mind active. Read books that ennoble you. People who read regularly are less prone to medical conditions like Alzheimer’s. Solve puzzles. A healthy mind makes a healthy body.
Stress can cause immense harm to the body and mind. People who are stressed die young. You need to find ways to manage stress. Have close relationships. Learn to meditate and do it regularly.
Cultivate a sense of purpose. People with a sense of purpose live longer than those who do not have any. Be fearless. Always look at the brighter side of life. Keep working, irrespective of your situation. Keep smiling. Be thankful for what you have. Pray daily.
Learn to live safely with your physical environment. Avoid potentially dangerous activities like bull fighting for instance. Think for a moment before you do anything. Do not drink and drive.
By implementing the above-mentioned tips in your day-to-day existence, you are more likely to live more than hundred years.
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