Maintaining five healthy habits — eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, not drinking too much alcohol, and not smoking — during adulthood may add more than a decade to life expectancy, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Source
It’s generally accepted that the folks in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and cardiovascular ailments. The not-so-surprising secret is an active lifestyle, weight control, and a diet low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat and high in produce, nuts and other healthful foods. The Mediterranean Diet may offer a host of health benefits, including weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and diabetes prevention and control. By following the Mediterranean Diet, you could also keep that weight off while avoiding chronic disease.Source
Consume More Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The long-chain omega-3 fats eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are as close to a fountain of youth the world has to offer. . . . In a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, . . . individuals with the highest levels of EPA and DHA in their blood had the lowest rates of heart disease and the slowest rates of chromosomal aging. To reap the benefits, munch on fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, halibut, mackerel and sardines. Not a seafood fan? Take a fish oil supplement.Source
Controlling Stress & Lowering Blood Pressure
Want to Age Well?
Eat a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables: People who eat a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables have lower rates of chronic disease, including hypertension, coronary disease, and stroke. They also maintain healthier body weights and live longer. Why should you taste the rainbow? The diverse colors of fruits and vegetables represent different nutrients and antioxidants, with properties that can fight aging from a number of angles.Source
Keep Your Bones and Muscles Strong
If your thigh muscles are weak, chances are you will become more frail as you age. So it’s time to strengthen those thighs to keep you young and agile.
Standing on one leg strengthens your thigh muscles. Every morning, stand on only your right leg for 10 seconds. Then switch to your left. Repeat three times on each leg for best results. Being able to balance will not only strengthen your thighs, but your brain as well!
To Help Weight Loss: Before eating breakfast, make a habit of drinking two glasses of water. Not only will the water help rehydrate you after not drinking overnight, but the water may also help you curb calories at your first meal. Several studies indicate that those who drink the most water have lower BMIs and gain less weight over time. A study published in the journal Obesity found that overweight individuals lost 44 percent more weight by simply drinking two glasses of water about 30 minutes before each of their three main meals. Despite being calorie-free, water helps enhance satiety.Source