10 Tips For a Healthier And Longer Life

Category: HEALTH Published: Saturday, 12 January 2019 Written by Life Coach Efosa Emovon


Health/wellbeing


 

The Okinawans, who inhabit remote Japanese islands, are said to have the highest percentage of people living beyond hundred. This shows that even though we cannot stop the clock, some of us who knows the rule can delay it.

If you wish to see how your grand and great-grandchildren look like then you are on the right site. Listed below are 10 tips that can help you live a healthier and a longer life.

1. Laugh often

Do you know laughter can help you live a healthier and longer life? In fact, studies show that laughter can boost the immune system, reduce stress]]], decrease stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, and stimulates killer T-cells which fight cancer.

Laughter improves our resistance to disease by increasing our immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. It is recommended as an adult to laugh at least 20 to 25 times a day. How often do you laugh?

2. Think in a positive way

Many people believe positive thinking is all about how to achieve a goal and all that.The fact is being optimistic has been linked to longevity. Research has found that optimists have around 50 percent lower risk of early death than pessimists.

People who are positive in their thinking tend to be healthier and live longer because they have a lower risk of heart disease and hardly suffer from depression, stress and so forth.

3. Don’t sit for too long

Do you know sitting for too long can shorten your lifespan? Scientist found that each hour you spent sitting down to watch TV could knock around 20 minutes from your lifespan.

If you really want to live a healthier and longer life, you must reduce the time you spent on watching TV drastically. This is one habit that cannot only keep you away from your goals but shorten your lifespan.

If you have nothing to do instead to sit in one place for a long period of time, take a walk, visit a friend or immerse yourself in one activity or another.

4. Don’t overfeed yourself

Eating moderately helps you to maintain a healthier weight. In fact, it gives your metabolism less work to do therefore putting less long-term stress on the body.

One of the reasons attributed to the longevity of the Okinawans is their low rate of obesity. You cannot separate the Okinawan people’s diet from their eating habit. They have a philosophy they carry to their dinner table.

It is called Hara Hachi Bu. Hara Hachi Bu in English Means, “Eats until you are 8 parts out of ten full.” Train yourself to eat mindfully and moderately because this is one of the Okinawans secrets to living a healthier and longer life.

5. Sleep adequately

The work sleep does in the body cannot be overemphasized. No wonder the great English playwright William Shakespeare refers to it as the nurse of life. Research has shown that a good sleep can result in a drop of blood pressure-therefore lowering the risk of heart attack.

Inadequate sleep can cause obesity and put you at a greater risk of heart condition like depression and heart disease. Remember, heart disease such as coronary artery disease is America’s number one killer, affecting more than thirteen million Americans.

It is recommended that as an adult you need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Yes, sleeping adequately can help you live a healthier and longer life.

6. Eat healthy diets

Researches have attributed the Okinawa people of Japan longevity to diet. An average Okinawan is, 6.5 times less likely to die from cancer than an average American of the same age.

When compared to the Japanese who live in the Tohoku region of Japan said to have a much shorter lifespan, it was discovered that food rich in Vitamin, Iron, calcium and antioxidant-rich proteins were consumed more in the islands of Okinawa than in the Tohoku region.

While on the other hand, food rich in salt, carbohydrates and saturated fats were lower in the Okinawans diets than in the diets of these people. What does this mean?

This means that the Okinawans have more centenarians than anywhere else because they consume less sugar, fewer grains, a small amount of seafood and more vegetables, fruits and soy.

7. Do regular aerobic exercise

Running is an aerobic exercise that cannot only help you lose weight faster but increase your lifespan. People who engage in it regularly have 25 to 40 percent reduced risk of early death.

Running regulates blood pressure, increases bone density and reduces stress. In short, this aerobic exercise is one of the greatest secrets to living a healthier and longer life.

8. Drink Responsibly

Heavy drinking is a no-go area for those who wish to live a healthier and longer life. This habit can kill a man faster than you thought possible. Most of the road accidents are caused by excessive drinking. In fact, research has linked alcohol consumption to more than 60 diseases.

9. Don’t smoke and don’t expose yourself to secondhand smoke

The constant use of tobacco can cause life-threatening disease like heart attack, chronic bronchitis, stroke, several cancers such as lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and so forth.

Tobacco causes six million deaths per year. In the United States, 54 people die every hour due to tobacco use. That translates to approximately 480, 000 deaths annually. In fact, 41,000 of these deaths are from exposure to secondhand smoke.

According to expert smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Secondhand smoke [SHS] contains no small number of chemicals toxic. In fact, it causes approximately 41, 000 deaths per year.

Smoking and exposing yourself to secondhand smoke can shorten your life faster than you thought possible. If you love life and wish to see what your grandchildren look like, run away from cigarette and its smoke faster than your legs can take you.

 

10. Before falling in love with a person study his or her character

 

According to the World Health Organization report, 800,000 people commit suicide annually due to depression. Do you know a traumatic break up can trigger this mental disorder? Remember, we are in a world where people pretend a lot.

If you don’t take time to know that person before jumping into his or her arms, you may end up compromising your health. Putting your heart through emotional trauma can put your life at risk. Yes, heartbreak can shorten one’s lifespan.

The broken heart syndrome known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a condition that causes heart attack. You and I know heart attack kills faster than a bullet kills or don’t know?

In sum, to live a healthier and longer life, you must avoid dangerous lifestyle! Try not to involve in things that can put your life at risk. Over speeding, fighting, and associating with people with questionable characters can shorten your life.

 

About Me

Efosa Emovon is a motivational speaker and self-help guru who has empowered many people through his books, training and personal development site, www.gateofsuccess.co.uk

 

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