Secrets To A Long Life

long lifeHow long you live depends a lot on your genes, but there are many other keys to longevity that are within your control. You know that eating healthy and exercising are great ways to do this.  Also, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight will help. In an article from ABC news they provide tips to a long life by doing simple things you may never have thought of.

  • Adopt a dog: Researchers believe that owning a dog keeps the owner more active and lowers the risk of heart disease. Owners who walk their dogs are more likely to get the recommended amount of weekly physical activity.
  • Sex: Studies have suggested that there is a link between orgasms and longevity.  It found that men who had more orgasms were less likely to die of heart disease.
  • Flossing: Oral hygiene plays a huge role in overall health.  By flossing daily, you get rid of bacteria before it forms plaque in those hard to reach places.  Plaque can cause periodontal disease which increases the risk of early heart attack and stroke.
  • Positive attitude: Researchers who studied centenarians found that most of them had a positive outlook on life and were generally easy going, optimistic and humorous.  Try to laugh more.  Laughter can help to decrease blood pressure and lower stress.
  • Being social: Going out with friends may help everyone grow old together.  Studies have found that people with stronger social relationships have a 50% greater chance of continued living than those with weaker relationships.
  • Nuts: Snacking on nuts may be a helpful way to live longer.  Nuts are high in antioxidants, fiber and fatty acids that help lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Find your purpose: Regardless of age, finding a purpose in life helps you to make a difference. People who are focused on a goal are more likely to live longer.  Focus on the impact you are making at work or home instead of worrying about everything being perfect.
  • Coffee: Studies show that coffee reduces the risk of a number of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. But don’t drink too much because too much caffeine can trigger anxiety and insomnia.
  • Don’t drink soda: Studies have shown that drinking soda may be shortening your lifespan. Heavy soda drinking can lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and depression.

Unexpected Ways To Add Years To Your Life|ABC News