Being healthy certainly increases your chances of living a longer life. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you could achieve your goal of living a longer healthier life.
No matter your age, you have the power to change many of the factors that influence how long you live, and how active and vital you feel as you advance in years.
Start making the following lifestyle changes now so you can be disability-free and as healthy as possible in your senior years.
- Take Tea off in the morning, as hot tea can slash your risk of kidney cancer by 15%, according to a review in the International Journal of Cancer.
- Sleep smarter, since too much sleep, or not enough of it, can kill you. A British study found that getting more than 9 hours of sleep time a night, or less than 6, doubles your risk of an early death from any cause. With such in mind, aim for 7 to 8 hours a night.
- Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago said that soaping up while wearing your contacts can expose your eyes to infection-causing waterborne microbes. So, you better remove those before getting into the shower.
- Drink wine, stay lean, as polyphenols, the compounds found in red wine, help your body block fat absorption. This is according to an Israeli study.
- Taking 2 seconds to empty the lint trap in your clothes dryer can prevent you from being a dryer-fire victim.
- Check your neck once in a while, a quick blood test can assess your level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). An American Journal of Medicine study found that a mildly underactive thyroid can boost your heart-disease risk by 65%.
- Scent your air safely, and avoid some air fresheners which contain phthalates. These are compounds that may disrupt hormone processes, Natural Resources Defense Council testing reveals.
- Boost your defenses with Vitamin-D. An Archives of Internal Medicine review reports that 400 IU of vitamin D a day reduces your risk of an early death by 7%.
- Using household spray cleaners just once a week increases your risk of an asthma attack by 76%. Use wipes instead. This is according to Spanish researchers.
- Steam your broccoli contains glucosinolates, which are compounds found to fight cancer. Italian researchers recently discovered that steaming broccoli increases its concentration of glucosinolates by 30%. Boiling on the other hand actually lowers the levels.
- Exercise and stretch out. Genes in your body linked to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity can be activated if you sit for hours on end. This is according to reports from a study in Diabetes. Form the habit of taking hourly laps during TV, book, Web and similar sessions.
- Turn off your phone from time to time. Occasionally unplugging can help individuals that are stressed, achieve a state of complete relaxation.
- Meditate for just 20 minutes a day.
- Watch your calorie balance, since taking in more calories than you burn off adds extra pounds, and burning off more calories than you take in shaves pounds. To lose a pound a week, you need to lose about 500 calories a day by becoming more active and eating less.
- Put on a happy face for a longer life
According to researchers, a good smile or grin from a loved one can produce the same brain waves as learning you won $50,000. The longer life you may enjoy wearing your own happy face is even more valuable. A study found that those who smiled the most lived an extra seven years, on average.