9 Ways to Live Longer

9 Ways to Live Longer

Live healthy, live longer By just making a few changes in your lifestyle, you can help yourself live longer! In a recent study, it was found that four bad behaviours – smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising, and no eating enough fruits and veggies – can hustle you into an early grave, and in effect, age you by as many as 12 years. The good news is, there is something you can do about it, to correct these and other unhealthy behaviours. Adopting the following nine habits will help keep your body looking and feeling young! Don’t overeat If you want to live to be 100, leaving a little bit of food on your plate may be a good idea. Did you know that studies on longevity round the world found that the oldest Japanese people stop eating when they are feeling only about 80% full. Research has confirmed that eating less helps you age slower. It was found in a study in 2008 that limiting calories lowered production of T3, a thyroid hormone that slows metabolism – and speeds up the aging process. Overeating is a common and complex behaviour in today’s culture. More people eat more junk food than they should, and there are more people overweight today than five years ago. Get Busy Did you know that having sex two to three times per week can add as many as three years to your life! Regular sex may also lower your blood pressure, boost your immunity, improve your sleep, and protect your heart. So ‘getting busy’ can burn an impressive amount of calories – sometimes...
Loss of vitality affects any age!

Loss of vitality affects any age!

Getting older is a given, but our diet and lifestyle play a huge role in how we look and feel along the way! Aging doesn’t necessarily mean getting sick or feeling less than our best — if we pay attention to a few key factors and make a few important shifts, we can age healthfully and feel as optimal as possible. THE INNER YOU The two biggest complaints we all have about getting older are looking older and feeling older. What I’d like to talk about is feeling younger and what it can mean for you. While everyone accepts that we all age at the same pace as everyone else; that doesn’t mean we want to feel time’s effects. Part of feeling older is feeling that loss of vitality. Of our strength and energy needed to live a good, rewarding, happy and productive life. If we age prematurely, we lose vitality in numerous ways: Phyically – losing vitality in our physical bodies means we quickly lose endurance, stamina, and we get tired much easier. We notice we don’t respond to stress as well; we don’t handle late nights as well as we used to, and certain tasks or even hobbies we enjoyed doing, take just that little more effort. Mentally – As we get older, our mental sharpness begins to decrease, and there are subtle changes in the way we think – we notice it takes longer for us to solve a problem, it becomes more difficult to learn new skills, remember names (sound familiar?), or even find the car keys. In today’s busy and stressful world, we all...