Human longevity is not just because of the genes and the power of God, but also how well live. Researchers have discovered how to eat, move and cope with the stress that determines how long people live, as quoted from detikhealth.
A study of 20,000 people in the UK and has been published in the British Medical Journal, show that one can reduce by 50 percent the risk of stroke. The trick is only by doing four things, namely active for 30 minutes a day, eating fruits and vegetables, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol.
Parents can reach old age of 100 years with a healthy lifestyle. Still, Thomas Perls of Boston University School of Medicine, believes that assuming a gen aside, there’s nothing stopping your life until the age of 90-years.
Here are 10 habits that Perls used to calculate how long a person can survive, as reported by USNews.
1. Do not stop working
Although already in the retirement age does not mean you can not work any longer. “Evidence shows that in societies where people stop working abruptly, the incidence of obesity and chronic disease skyrockets after retirement increases,” says Luigi Ferrucci, director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging.
2. Clean your teeth with floss (floss) every day
It can keep the arteries (blood vessels) remain healthy. Studies from New York University in 2008 showed that flossing every day can reduce the amount of bacteria that cause gum disease in the mouth. These bacteria can enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation in the arteries and increases the risk of heart disease.
3. Always move
“Exercise is the only way to stay young,” says Jay Olshansky, a professor of medicine and aging researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Study after study has recommended that the benefits of exercise to improve mood (mood), mental acuity, balance, muscle mass, and bone. No need to exercise at the gym, simply by simply walking around the neighborhood for 30 minutes a day.
4. Eat high-fiber cereal for breakfast
Getting the benefits of whole grains, especially in the morning can help maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day. According to a study conducted recently by Ferrucci and his colleagues, people who do this to avoid diabetes, which can accelerate aging.
5. Sleep at least 6 hours a day
“Sleep is one of the most important functions for our body during sleep is used to regulate and heal cells,” says Ferrucci.
6. Consumption of whole foods, not supplements
Strong evidence suggests that people who have blood that is rich in nutrients, such as selenium, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, have a longer life. But there is nothing to prove that taking supplements can provide anti-aging benefits.
“There are more than 200 different carotenoids and 200 different flavonoids contained in a tomato,” says Ferrucci. These chemicals are beneficial to the body other than the known nutrients such as lycopene or vitamin C. Avoid white foods (nutrient-lacking white food) such as bread, flour and sugar. And turn to fruits, vegetables, and whole wheat bread.
7. Reduce neurotic (nerve pressure)
A better way to deal with stress is yoga, exercise, meditation, tai chi (take a deep breath in for a moment). While daydreaming, eating chips in front of the TV, binge alcohol is very bad for the body.
8. Live like a Seventh Day Adventist
Americans who define themselves as Seventh Day Adventists, have an average life expectancy of 89 years, about a decade longer than the average American.
They respect their bodies by not smoking, alcohol abuse or pamper your body with sugary foods. They are usually vegetarians and eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lots of sports. They are also very focused on family and community.
9. Become familiar with the situation being
According to Olshansky, old people tend to live by strict routines, eating the same food and do the same type of activities throughout their lives. Sleep and wake up at the same time every day is one good habit to keep the body in a stable equilibrium.
10. Keep in touch socially
Have social relationships with friends or loved ones is key to avoiding depression, which can lead to premature death, especially common with a widow and widower who is old.
Some psychologists even think that one of the biggest benefits to be obtained from the parent exercises a strong social interaction, an outing with friends or join a class exercise.