It’s well-established that yoga is relaxing, but have you ever thought about the cumulative effects of lower blood pressure, less stress, a healthy weight, less anxiety, and better breathing? Well, you should: It’s a longer life.
2.Less (Calories) Is More!
After conducting studies on worms focused on caloric restriction and reduced insulin signaling, researchers at Princeton may have found the elixir of life! The results have significance in developing treatments that can also help people live longer and prevent the calamitous memory loss that is often paired with age. The molecular mechanisms affected in the worms tested are the same as those known to perform the same function in more evolved organisms (us included). By eating less- but remaining healthy- you are capable of extending your life without losing your ability to function fully. Remember to control those portions, people!
3.Run like your life depends on it.
Why? Because it may. Stanford University researchers tracked runners and non-runners for 21 years. They found that runners didn’t just get less heart disease, they also had fewer cancers, infections and neurologic diseases — and yes, they live longer. Study author Eliza Chakravarty was quoted in Time saying, “Aerobic exercise keeps the immune system young.”
How much exercise is enough to make a difference? Opinions vary but If you don’t like to run, even 20 minutes a day of any activity that leaves you breathless can boost your health, she says.
Even a moderate jog can add between five and six years to your life, according to a 2012 analysis of data from a Copenhagen City Heart study. But gains from running do hit a place of diminished returns when it comes to longevity. Researchers from the University of South Carolina found that people who run more than 20 miles a week, faster than seven miles an hour, or more than five times a week, lose the longevity boost.
Bottom line: Exercise and you may live longer.
4.Cut down on meat
A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicinefound that vegetarians have a 12 percent lower risk of premature death than meat eaters.
5.Spice It Up
Tulane’s Dr. Lu Qi co-led a study of over 500,000 Chinese adults over seven years examining the hypothesis that regularly consuming spicy foods improves longevity. The study showed that those who ate foods flavored with chili peppers daily reduced personal risk of premature death by 14 percent (compared to those who ate chili peppers less than once a week). Fear not: you do not have to consume peppers with every meal to reap the benefits- even once to twice a week will suffice.
But why does this work, you may ask. Well, chili peppers contain capsaicin- a compound that decreases appetite, lowers blood pressure, improves inflammation, and may reduce risk of obesity and offer antibacterial properties. Capsaicin also has the potential to against diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Qi admits that more research is recommended in the subject area, but for now eat up you spicy kids.
6. Laugh a lot.
In a 2012 study published in the journal Aging, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University researchers identified what personality characteristics that a group of 243 centenarians had in common. Among them? They all found a reason to laugh a lot. “They considered laughter an important part of life,” the lead researcher said.
A study published in BioMed Central showed that people who eat nuts have a 39 percent lower risk of early death than people who don’t—and walnut eaters, in particular, have a 45 percent lower risk of dying early.
8.Climb Your Way To A Higher Education!
For those who lack a high school diploma, it may impact your health tremendously to backpack your way back to finish what you started. In an extensive study at Columbia University, researchers were able to link education to longer life expectancy. The study was from 1990-2008 and examined life expectancy by race, sex, and education.
They found major declines in life expectancy for those who didn’t complete high school, a 14.2 year difference compared to those who had a college degree. Those who are educated are generally more healthy, they tend to not drink as much, smoke less and exercise more. It’s never too late to get educated!
9.Learn to drink tea the healthy way.
Both green and black teas contain a concentrated dose of catechins, substances that relax blood vessels and protect your heart. In a Japanese study of more than 40,500 men and women, those who consumed green tea had a lower risk of dying from heart disease. Other studies involving black tea showed similar results.
Ready-to-drink teas don’t count because the catechins degrade once water is added. And some studies suggest that adding milk diminishes tea’s protective effects on the cardiovascular system; stick to lemon or honey.
10.Move to Hawaii
A 65-year-old Hawaiian will live another 16.2 years, on average. That’s compared to another 10.6 years in Mississippi, the state with the lowest longevity rankings, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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