Everyone wants to live longer, healthier lives.
Because of this, people are always coming out with new ways to extend your life - many of which are unsupported by any legitimate science. While we know that eating healthy and abstaining from cigarettes can increase your lifespan, here are 5 ways to live longer you might not know about:
Now you have a reason to go see that new comedy your friends are talking about. Laughing strengthens and protects your heart by increasing blood flow and enhancing the effectiveness of blood vessels.
In the long run,this can help prevent cardiovascular problems like heart attacks.
Laughter also improves your immune system, which decreases your chances of contracting diseases.
In addition to the apparent physical improvements, laughter is also good for your mental health. By decreasing your stress, laughter helps to decrease levels of cortisol, increase endorphins, and put you in a relaxed state of mind.
Finally, laughing can even be a mild form of exercise.
Laughing strengthens your respiratory, abdominal muscles, and diaphram.
It’s not just a myth; mindfulness and relaxation can help you live a longer and healthier life.
In fact, people who meditate often have more telomerase than those who don’t. Telomerase plays a role in lengthening the telomeres in your chromosomes -- which helps you live longer.
Meditation has been shown to decrease blood pressure and cortisol, and even help fight off diseases.
With more than 28,000 centenarians living there today, Japan has one of the oldest populations on earth. Of all of these 100-plus-year-old people, 80 percent of them drink green tea. That’s an impressive majority of people.
Green tea packs the antioxidants, predominantly EGCG, in addition topolyphenols which make it a superfood. EGCG is known to be up to 50 times more potent than vitamins E and C, and help to fight off heart disease and death.
This seems very basic, but it’s not. Most people don’t drink enough water, and that hurts their sleep, metabolism, mental state, and energy levels.
Drinking more waters is one of the easiest ways to improve your health and increase your lifespan right away.
There is never a shortage of claims that a certain pill or drug can extend your lifespan. It’s such an intriguing, desirable outcome that many people purport that their pill or drug can make you live longer. Rarely,if ever, are these claims supported by science. However, a new study from the National Institute of Aging shows that one natural supplement significantly extends the lifespans of male mice.
Also published in Aging Cell, the NIA discovered the impact that the supplement was having.
The program was federally-funded, and designed to shed new light on the treatments conducted with the intention of extending lifespan and delaying disease.
While the increase of female mice lifespan was less significant, the males saw an increase of about 7 percent.
This makes it the only tested supplemented proven to increase lifespan in mice.
This isn’t the first test that’s been conducted using this patented supplement.
In 2009, it was shown in several studies on PubMed.gov to suppress tumorpromoting oxidative stress and inflammation, as well as its ability to protect the heart from fibrosis.
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Yes, there are other life-promoting habits that contribute to longevity as well. Adequate sleep. Daily Vitamin C. Sunshine, movement, friendship and the ability to contribute to the world with a meaningful vision and mission have all been connected to a longer lifespan as well (and well help to ensure the life you live is rewarding).
But for a good head start,consider adopting at least a few of these five unexpected contributors to a longer and healthier lifespan today.
Shaun W. McKee, MD
The Vitality MD Making the Most of YOU
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