Prolonging your life is easier said than done. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the west is much like maintaining a car. It may crap out on you depending on how poorly you take care of it.
Whether you are a millennial, Gen-Xer, or a Baby-Boomer, health is the great equalizer. It favors no one but the proactive. Anyone at any stage can take their health into their own hands. However, knowledge of health is not a natural endowment and must be sought after. The problem is that much of the information we find on the internet regarding health is usually written by “quacks.” In order to break from this theme, I have compiled a list of 5 ways to prolong your life with citations made available for each. Some of these citations come straight from the World Health Organization, the Mayo Clinic, government websites, or doctors who have been cited in the links.
The following areas are things we may tend to overlook in life, but that we should give more of our attention to. Here are 5 ways to take charge and prolong your life starting today.
Adopt A Healthy Diet
The sodium and sugar intake in the average western diet leaves a lot to be desired. How can you possibly prolong your life with your diet? The trick is to consume sodium and sugar in moderation. The World Health Organization recommends the following:
- Consuming more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and grains.
- Reducing your intake of salt, sugar, and fats.
Have A Social Life
Having a social life is also a key way for you to prolong your life. The Mayo Clinic shows us some key benefits of having friendships:
- Reduces stress
- Helps you cope with trauma
- Encourages you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise
It is obvious to most that you need to exercise in order to prolong your life. However, if you are second-guessing your exercise routine, here is a tip:
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends at least 2.5 hours per week of moderate-intensity exercise to increase life expectancy by 4.5 years.
Get Enough Sleep
I know. The boss wants you to put in extra hours, you need to play with the kids a little while more in order to get them tired enough to go to sleep, you have one more thing on your checklist to complete before you get to bed — these are all very valid points. How can you prolong your life with this busy schedule? Think of the many times that you just sit down and stare at your smartphone during those off-the-clock hours. Time management skills can also be used in your personal life in order to get the necessary amount of sleep needed in order to be healthy. Here are some of the benefits of getting enough sleep:
- Sleep keeps your heart healthy
- May prevent cancer
- Reduces stress
- Reduces inflammation
- May help you lose weight
- Reduces your risk for depression
- Helps the body repair any damage
Consume Plenty Of Water
Our bodies are 75% water. Most of us do not get the necessary amounts of water needed in order to maintain our health. Here are some of the benefits to consuming adequate amounts of water:
- May prevent colon cancer
- Flushes out toxins
- Aids in weight loss
- Moisturizes your joints
“Health is wealth.” We have all heard that adage time-and-time-again. However, we should keep in mind that repetition does not preclude the saying from the realm of fact. If you are a healthy individual, you will not have to spend your retirement money on hospital bills. You are more likely to actually use that money to enjoy a nice long life.
Now that you have checked out these quick tips, I hope that you take the necessary steps in order for you to prolong your life starting today!
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