Four Secrets to Living Longer

Oct. 4, 2017 at 11:38am

You can not depend on good genes to carry you past the century mark.  Research into older people has revealed that certain lifestyle habits are connected to a long life.  Everyone knows that eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight works for longevity.  But here are a few strategies that may surprise you:


1.  Cut calories.  Who would think that ordering a turkey sandwich instead of burger and fries would slow down the aging process, but it can.  Research shows that calorie-restricted diets consistently increases life span in animals.

2.  Get enough sleep.  Research shows that getting 5 to 6.5 hours of sleep per night can add years to your life.  Sleep allows the body to regulate and heal cells.

3.  Floss every day.  Daily flossing improves oral health.  Poor oral health creates bacteria which can cause coronary inflammation, a trigger for a heart attack.

4.  Keep a positive attitude.  Research suggests that centenarians tend not to internalize negative situations or dwell on problems.  They keep a positive attitude, have regular social interactions and shed stress easily.  This helps to reduce the risk of memory loss and heart disease. 

Posted in Health Info by Joe

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