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Hints How to Live Longer

I recently ran across an article that outlined 50 great ways to help us live longer. This includes a wide range of health advice that is backed by a scientific or government study that reveals new insight into what helps or hinders human longevity. Genetics do account for about 25% of the longevity and the rest is up to us.

  • Consider extra vitamin D intake, but not too much. Ask your doctor for intake. Get regular blood work levels.
  • Cut back on regular use of painkillers as ibuprofen and naproxen that are
    included in Advil, Motrin and Aleve that may raise your heart risks.
  • Hit that bed and get 6+ hours of sleep. Less doubles your risks of illness. A Duke University study shows that frequent sex is a significant predictor of longevity; so don’t go right to sleep!
  • You won’t die from eating under-ripe produce, but try that ripened fruit also.
  • Yes to that extra cup of coffee as it does more than help you wake up.
  • Frozen is fine, so eat that balanced diet when fresh isn’t available.
  • Green tea has proven longevity because of the powerful antioxidants.
  • Don’t use that sugar as it boosts blood sugar and can play havoc with your heart.
  • Get out those whole grains with 3+ servings a day and cut death rate by 20%.
  • Spice it up with that hot chili pepper that can add years to your life.
  • Drink whole milk as this might give you a 50% lower risk of diabetes.
  • Add water to keep adequately hydrated and keep urine a light color
  • Be food safe from poisoning. Keep the kitchen clean and wash your hands.
  • If you want to reach 100, put the fork down and eat less!
  • Don’t forget those veggies!
  • Eat like the Greeks with fruits, veggies, olive oil, fish and nuts.
  • Live like the Amish and adapt their healthy lifestyles and eating habits.
  • Drink less of alcohol as it leads to a shorter life span.
  • Saving your pennies might also help you live longer; up to 15 years.
  • Consider moving to California, NY or Vermont. The low-income people tend to
    live the longest in these states.
  • Viewing an awesome experience as Grand Canyon or Beethoven’s 9 th helps.
  • Go nuts with that daily handful of nuts, or at least 5 times a week.
  • Find your purpose in life; it will help you live longer by doing something useful.
  • Embrace your faith and attend those religious services every week.
  • Take time off work for that vacation. Not taking it could be a deadly risk.
  • Consider mountain life with higher altitudes.
  • A friend with 4 legs does wonder for your mental and physical health.
  • Those laughter cat videos help to reduce stress and boost the immune system.
  • Keep yourself social as loneliness increases the risk of early death by 45%.
  • Watching those grandkids can lower your risk by 1/3.
  • Do everything you can to stay out of that hospital and avoid their mistakes.
  • Monitor yourself and don’t wait for that annual checkup.
  • Visit the hardware store for detectors for Carbon monoxide, radon and lead.
  • Toss that rug and avoid the top risk for falls.
  • Practice the home fire drills.
  • Patients receiving care from a female doctor were more likely to survive.
  • Make peace with family and get rid of that stress and small stuff.
  • Take those stairs at every opportunity, in and out of the home.
  • Avoid traffic accidents by avoiding those techy car distractions.
  • Drive less after 70 as more accidents occur for those after that age.
  • Walk, not drive when possible.
  • Stay safe while walking or jogging.
  • Walk a little faster for more benefits.
  • Fidgeting is good. Sitting increases your risk of dying by 30%.
  • Read the AARP Bulletin and keep up to day on health info!

Dr Fredda Branyon

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