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5 Habits That Help You Live Longer

Written by on September 4, 2020 in Longevity & Life Extension with 0 Comments

A Healthy Diet

It doesn't take an expert to tell you that a healthy diet can make you feel better, improve your physical condition and your mental abilities – but it can also help you live a longer life. A diet with lots of sodium and oil might taste good in the short term, but it doesn't provide your body with the necessary nutrients needed to stay optimally healthy. You might feel healthy enough day-to-day, but eating heavy food causes your body to crave more of it. A sustained diet like this can shave years off your life. Fix up your kitchen with refrigerator parts and pack it full of healthy fruit, nuts, and vegetables instead.

Reduce Alcohol Intake

Alcohol is such a normal part of our culture that it almost seems natural to drink it to some extent. The trouble is that it's harmful to us – biochemical poisonous, in fact – and you don't need to be a chronic alcoholic to suffer the effect of consumption in the long term. Even moderate alcohol use can damage the liver, kidneys, and heart over time, increasing your risk of illness and potentially reducing your lifespan. And it's not only organs affected by alcohol; your brain cells are too, affecting your mental abilities.

Take Regular Exercise

One of the best ways to improve your health and extend your lifespan is by taking regular exercise. You don't have to be an athlete to get the benefits of physical activity, even walking or light weights regularly will improve your body's condition, regulate your weight, and improve the function of your internal systems, such as your digestive system. Regular exercise does not only benefit you in later life; it has excellent benefits for your right now. It will provide you with more energy and make you look healthier.

Look After Your Wellbeing

It's easy to take your wellbeing for granted, especially when life seems too busy to think about your mental and emotional condition. But this could prove crucial to your wellness in later life and how long you live. Building healthy habits into your routine now will mean that you will benefit further down the line after you have transformed bad habits into healthy patterns. Self-care, mindfulness, and regular nature walks are some of the best things you can do for your long-term wellbeing.

A Healthy Sleep Pattern

You must get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Scientific studies have shown that eight hours of sleep is the optimal amount of time needed for your body to replenish itself for the coming day fully. If you take less sleep than this regularly, it can shorten your lifespan as your body is less able to care for itself. Sleeping at night is essential too. Our circadian rhythms need a consistent light and dark schedule to moderate our moods and systems; if this is not happening, it can affect our mental, emotional, and physical capabilities. It can knock us out of balance and reduce our lifespan, so think twice if you need to work the night shift long term.

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