7 Secrets to a Long Life: Should You Try Them?

· February 26, 2016
Most people who live to be over 100 years old sleep 10 hours a day. Getting deep sleep is critical to having a strong mind.

So far, modern science hasn’t figured out how to make mankind immortal. In fact, we don’t really know if we even want such a privilege. The most important thing, of course, is to have a high quality of life and live many years in good health and happiness.

According to the statistics, today there are around 13,500 people over the age of 100, and it’s believed that in 50 years that number could even triple. So the question is, how do people achieve such longevity while also having a good quality of life?

Let’s talk about this in today’s article. We’re sure our findings will be of interest to you.

1. Consume fewer calories every day

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most people should consume between 1,500 and 2,500 calories a day. This is an easy goal to achieve, keeping you from going hungry while getting the nutrients you need.

In fact, just reducing your consumption of sugar, sweets, soft drinks, and precooked meals can improve your lifestyle and help you eat better.

2. Say yes to broccoli, fruit, coffee, and honey

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Are you one of those people who can’t start their day without that desperate cup of coffee? Then don’t give it up – just like other foods that are rich in antioxidants like lemons, apples, and pears, coffee can be good for you.

  • Eating carrots, broccoli, and spinach is also important when it comes to living a long and happy life. Their content of alpha-carotene is associated with low death rates.
  • And what about honey? This natural sweetener should be a staple in your diet. This rich bee product is high in nutrients and its antibiotic properties are great for people of all ages.

3. The power of pork fat once a week

No doubt this one comes as a surprise. Pork fat? Yes – just try about five grams on bread one time a week. And why?

According to a study published in the Journal of Gerontology, by following a diet that’s low in calories and includes a small amount of pork fat each week, you produce more oleic acid to regenerate the cells of your liver, muscles, and skeletal system. This helps you lead a longer life.

4. Avoid gaining weight around your waistline

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This is a real danger. Abdominal fat is an indicator of a health problem that can cause serious cardiovascular disease. Reduce your fat intake, get plenty of exercises, drink enough water, and take care of yourself, particularly paying attention to your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Sometimes just losing five to 10 pounds is enough to trim your waist and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

According to the statistics, heart disease is one of the most common causes of death among the world’s population, and it’s something that we can avoid.

5. Walk for half an hour each day

We’ve said this over and over. Walking every day for at least half an hour to an hour gets your heart beating, exercises your legs, helps improve blood flow… don’t wait until tomorrow. Get outside and breathe some clean air, taking advantage of the endorphins that will help care for your health and strengthen your immune system.

Getting exercise is key to a long life.

6. Sleep for eight hours a day

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It might come as a surprise to you, but nearly 70% of people over the age of 100 sleep around 10 hours a day. They sleep through the night and also nap during the day, which gives them more energy for the afternoons.

Getting deep, quality sleep is key to maintaining good health and enjoying a strong mind with good cognitive abilities. Now tell us, just how many hours of sleep do you usually get a day?

7. Read, play, engage in social activities

Having an active lifestyle that’s filled with hobbies you enjoy and an interest in learning new things helps you keep a strong and healthy mind. And don’t neglect your emotions, because unhappiness will not only rob you of your quality of life but also your health and longevity. Being unhappy serves no purpose.

Surround yourself with others who make you happy, people with whom you can laugh and learn from, even travel with. This is the time in your life when you need to take stock of your situation and prioritize what’s important to you.

There are probably some things that you should stop doing, even people you should avoid because they’re not contributing to your better health.

Knowing how to live in a peaceful way that’s in balance with your body and emotions is the key to longevity. It’s an adventure worth embarking upon.