“The secret to living well and longer is:
Laugh triple and
Love without measure.”
Pretty much everything we do affects our lifespan, and here are some simple things we can do every day to lead a longer and healthier lives.
Drink tea: Every cup of tea is packed with antioxidants, meaning a longer life. Studies on people who had heart attacks found their risk of having another one in the next three years was cut by 44 percent if they drank two of tea a day.
Eat chocolate: The reason is probably the chocolate’s high antioxidant count. It contains even more of these vital nutrients than fruit! Jean Calment, who at 122 was the world’s oldest living woman, attributed her longevity to eating chocolate every day.
Eat a banana a day: Bananas, raisins and potatoes are all high-potassium foods. Potassium lowers blood pressure and this dramatically increases life expectancy.
Practice ‘hara hachi bu’ :No, not a martial art, but a tip from the Japanese island Okinawa. It means stop eating when you are 80 percent full. Not only does this cut calories, it also reduces stress on the kidneys and liver.
Control your cholesterol:Studies of Japanese centenarians have found that these people tend to be those with the lowest cholesterol. Cutting fat down to under 40 percent of your daily calories helps reduce cholesterol.
Eat fewer calories: A diet of 900 to 1100 calories a day can extend life by up to 15 years, according to the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Animals on this diet developed fewer cataracts, had fewer cancers, and their fur didn’t turn grey.
Get up every hour: Sitting could kill you. According to studies, people who sit for 4 hours a day outside work have a 50% greater risk of dying than those who sit less than 2 hours a day. The average person should take roughly 10,000 steps a day. Taking fewer than that could have an impact on your risk of death.
Be positive: Think positive and happy thoughts. People with positive outlook are usually less stressed and better able to deal with challenges. Having a positive outlook has been link to decreased mortality risk. Optimistic people live about 12 years longer than pessimists.