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Saturday, 23 June 2012

Simple Habits That Could Help You Live To 100

It was not too long ago that living to 100 was considered a nearly impossible feat. Yet with more and more advancements in medicine and modern life, reaching 100 is not as far out of reach as we once thought. To make sure that your journey to 100 is one you can be healthy enough to enjoy, checkout some simple habits that you can add to your everyday routine.







Floss your teeth
This lengthens your life for a couple of reasons: One, heart attack rates are linked to gingivitis. If you floss regularly, you have a 50% less chance of having a heart attack. But you’ll also have better-looking teeth, which leads to better-paying jobs and people perceiving your IQ as being higher, so there are many long-term health benefits.

Have more sex
Just going from the average of once a week to twice a week increases your life expectancy by three years. The penis is actually a good barometer for how healthy you are. If your erection’s not strong, it reflects a lot of physical issues with your heart, your brain, and your kidneys. And don’t just have more sex—have safe sex. Infections and viruses might be linked to prostate cancer, and oral sex has definitely been linked to throat cancer.

Pop some pills
A multivitamin, 1,000 IU of vitamin D, 600mg DHA omega-3, and for guys over 40, two baby aspirins a day. It’s the most important inflammatory medication you can take. Aspirin can decrease the risk of getting colon cancer and prostate cancer by 40%. Plus, it thins your blood if you’re worried about strokes and heart attacks.

Don’t stress
A major stressful event, like bankruptcy or divorce, wipes seven years off your life, but having a good support system can soften the blow. Also, ID and resolve the nagging unfinished tasks (NUTs, I call them) in your life.

Sleep
People who sleep fewer than six hours a night have a 50% increased risk of viral infections and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Lack of sleep is also associated with mental decline and overeating. Half of men over 50 have trouble sleeping. If that’s you, create an environment where it’s easy to sleep. Dim the lights 15 minutes before you go to bed and wear loose-fitting clothing . . . or sleep naked.

Add Red Foods to Your Diet
Not only will adding red foods to your diet make your plate more colorful and aesthetically pleasing, it can also help keep you healthy enough to live to 100! Cruciferous veggies like red cabbage are known to help protect against cancer, while beet juice contains nitrates that relax blood vessels.

Take Two Steps to Workout
Choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator is already an excellent healthy living decision, but what if you could turn those stairs into your own gym? A very simple way to strengthen your butt, thighs, and other muscles you do not normally use is to take two steps at a time every time you walk up the stairs. If you cannot do two steps at a time, try walking up the stairs twice.

Stretch After a Hot Shower to Prevent Pain
Keeping your body flexible is vital to staying young. Stretching is best when muscles are warm, which is why stretching after a hot shower is so effective. Stretching improves posture and prevents muscle soreness, keeping you feeling young and healthy.

Do the Reverse Warrior
The benefits of yoga seem to be endless but not everyone has the time or dedication to practice it like a guru. Luckily, you can do one important yoga move to help you drop a few extra pounds a year.  

Reverse Warrior
Take a large step with your right foot and turn it perpendicular to the left foot. Bend your right knee until your thigh is parallel with the floor (as if you were lunging). With your right palm facing up, lift your right arm over your head. Reach your right hand towards your left side while sliding your left hand down as low as possible on your left leg. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on left side.

Chew Your Food 20 Times
Not only does scarfing down your food prevent you from truly enjoying the taste of your meal, new research links this habit to an increased risk of diabetes. Enjoy your food and prevent raising your risk of diabetes by eating each meal slowly and chewing each bite thoroughly, 20 times. Or, if chewing your food that many times becomes tiresome, at least put down your fork each time that you take a bite in order to slow yourself down and eat less.

Cut Your Cravings in Half to Cut Calories
Resisting those foods that you “have to have” is a battle often lost to that bag of potato chips or those double chocolate chip cookies. Instead of giving into temptation and eating a whole bag of chips or cookies, Dr. Oz wants you to “halve them.” Can’t resist a bowl of chips? Pour it out and then put half back in the bag. This way you cut half of the calories and lose weight faster.

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