The life expectancy of the average American is a shade under 80 years. Now, getting to that age, let alone exceeding it greatly, is all dependent on the life you lead in the years previous. Genes are also a proven factor in determining just how long you’ll grace this wonderful earth for; however, so too are the things we do in our daily lives that we take for granted and may not realize have a significant impact on the longevity of our lives.
Now, obviously things like following a nutritious diet, ensuring that you get adequate amounts of exercise, and watching your intake of alcohol are things we can control; but some other habits are a little less obvious. Take a look at these four practices that can tack years onto your life and help you reach the ripe old age of 80 or beyond.
Your shaggy haired friend that’s waiting for you to arrive home every day, isn’t just a pet, or a family member; they’re also a great way to help you stick around for a while. According to a study published in the journal Circulation, researchers have found that simply by owning a dog, your life is made to be more active and this helps to naturally reduce the risk for any cardiovascular illnesses like heart disease.
The act of walking your dog (or cat) helps pet owners to meet the daily recommendations for physical activity, which is roughly 30 minutes a day.
Flossing helps to get what your brush just cannot reach, but aside from keeping your pearly whites free of debris, flossing on a daily basis helps to rid your mouth of bacteria that may be lingering. If this bacteria is left unscathed, it soon turns to plaque which can lead to periodontal disease; this then has the ability to increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Poor oral hygiene is linked to cardiovascular disease, and the American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once each day.
Being with friends not only helps you enhance your social skills and gets you out and about, but it also contributes to your overall health and well-being. It has been found that those who have strong social relationships, have up to a 50 percent greater chance of living well into their later years, when compared to those with weak social relationships. In fact, those who are diagnosed with depression due to loneliness, are proven to have a shorter lifespan.
Almonds, cashews, walnuts and any nut that isn’t littered with salt, is a good way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet. Throw them on a salad, or add a little texture to your yogurt: no matter how you eat them, they’re a great way to reduce your risk of mortality. Due to them being very high in antioxidants, fiber, and unsaturated fat, they lower the likelihood of heart disease, thus increasing your staying power above ground.
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