Having a long and healthy life is a goal that belongs to all of us and while nobody can guarantee to keep their health and live to an old age, there are certain habits we can adopt in our lifestyles that can help us reach triple figures.
In fact, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2009, one of the biggest factors that influence how long we will live is not our genes, but our lifestyle.
If you are determined to live until you’re 100, then read on, as adopting the following lifestyle habits will help you live to 100!
1 – Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
It is widely recommended among health experts that we eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The reason for this is simple – In consuming our ‘5 a day’, we are getting enough essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, to help prevent our heart disease and some cancers, although, according to recent research, only 1 in 7 of us achieve the ‘5 a day’ quota.
2 – Be active for at least 30 minutes a day
Being active is synonymous with good health, it pumps blood around our bodies, helps prevent us from becoming overweight and keeps our lungs and other vital organs functioning well. According to the British Medical Journal, we can cut our risk of having a stroke in half by being active for just 30 minutes a day.
3 – Avoid cigarettes and excessive alcohol
Excess alcohol can inflame the lining of the oesophagus, stomach and intestine. It can impair digestion by reducing the amount of acid and digestive enzymes in the stomach. It the very best excessive alcohol will lead to indigestion and diarrhoea, and, at the worse, it will cause certain forms of cancer, sclerosis of the liver and death. Equally as detrimental to our health are cigarettes, which contain more than 150 poisonous gases that make smokers more prone to gastric ulcers, certain types of cancer and accelerates intestinal mortality.
4 – Don’t overeat
Overeating can lead to multiple health problems including diarrhoea, constipation, being bloated, haemorrhoids and abdominal pain. Even more serious consequences of eating too much, particularly foods with a high fat, sugar and salt content, are obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks and various forms of cancer.
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