You can add years to your life by making just a few lifestyle changes. Research studies have shown that lifestyle choices such as poor diet, not exercising, excessive alcohol intake, and smoking rob you of a number of years from your life.
The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to improve your general health. In this article, we take a look at some of them.
If you’re planning on exceeding the published life expectancy by far, then you need to be careful about the size of the portions on your plate. Global research on longevity have revealed that Japanese people who don’t wait until they feel 100 percent full to stop eating (they stop at around 80 percent) also lived the longest.
Researchers at St’ Louis University also found that eating smaller portions results in your aging slower. More specifically, their study revealed that production of T3, a thyroid hormone that accelerates aging, was considerably lowered by limiting calorie intake.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
To maintain good health, it is advisable to eat more than three servings of vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. Vegetables and fruits, which are highly nutritious and filled with vitamins and fiber, can lower your risk of suffering heart disease by up to 80 percent. They also serve to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
Additionally, vegetables and fruits have antioxidants that boost circulation and fight inflammations. They are also effective at preventing formation of wrinkles.
Have a healthy sex life
You can add a few years to your life by having satisfying sex three or four times in a week. In addition to burning calories, it protects your heart, enhances immunity, improves your sleep, and lowers blood pressure.
Erectile dysfunction, an increasingly common problem among men, can come in the way of a healthy sex life. You can avoid it by monitoring and controlling cholesterol and blood pressure levels, maintaining a healthy diet, reducing stress, being physically active, and getting enough sleep.
Improve positive social interactions
Studies have demonstrated that in the absence of a robust network of family and friends, you stand a higher risk of developing heart disease. Loneliness can result in inflammation, which for many people can have effects as harmful as those of smoking or dangerously high cholesterol. The risk increases as you age and you become increasingly susceptible to depression.
Avoid frequent and excessive alcohol intake
Having more than three drinks a day as a man or two as a woman may cause things like strained interpersonal relationships and weight-related problems. On the other hand, moderate alcohol intake has been linked to considerable benefits to the heart.
Daily exercise fights the negative effects of aging. Research shows that running and other high-intensity exercises increase your lifespan by up to four years because they help you maintain a healthy heart, metabolism and mind. Moderate exercise (e.g., a daily 30-minute walk) significantly lowers the risk of heart disease.