We are afraid of so many things in our lives: spiders, darkness, heights, etc. But what is our biggest fear? Obviously, the fear of death is the deepest of them all. It is connected to the roots of our existence and it contributes to the development of our consciousness.
Humanity has been trying to discover a secret to eternal life, obtain a hidden magical knowledge, basically cheat the nature of life, since the era of ancient Egypt. Later, with the development of science, some scientists believed that death is a disease and it should be cured. Unfortunately, we still don’t have the key to immortality.
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5 habits to prolong your life
According to the recent research published in Circulation journal, there are 5 basic behavioral habits that can prolong your life to at least 12 years more in men and 14 in women.
1. Healthy diet.
We are what we eat. Science can easily confirm this old saying. Everything we eat, drink and breathe affects not only our receptors but also our health. And of course, not everything that tastes good is necessarily beneficial for us. Unhealthy diet leads to all kind of issues with the digestion and the cardiovascular system. Not to mention that malnutrition leads to skin disorders, weakening of the immune system, and even dementia.
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2. Not smoking.
Statistics show that over 16 million Americans have a disease caused by smoking. Three main killers, heart disease, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, have been linked to smoking. Nearly 600,000 Americans are expected to die because of cancer this year. Avoiding smoking contributes to not only longer life but also involves prevention of premature deaths.
3. Regular physical activity.
30 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous exercises can tremendously improve your quality of life. It is necessary for your body to have such activities to primarily maintain your cardiovascular system healthy. There’s a high risk of heart attack if you don’t usually get much physical activity and then all of the sudden do some kind of intense activity. That’s why it is important to start slowly and develop your stamina gradually.
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4. Don't consume alcohol.
It has been proven that even moderate alcohol consumption has a negative effect on brain structure and function. 14 or more units weekly has been associated with hippocampal atrophy (cognitive impairment and dementia). Of course, alcohol can damage not only the brain but also many other organs. Consumption has been associated with strokes, heart attacks, fibrosis, cirrhosis, multiple types of cancer, etc.
5. Maintain a healthy BMI.
Last but not least, higher body weight is linked to a whole list of health issues which includes cancer, heart disease, endocrine changes, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, diabetes, diseases of bones, skin, muscles, etc. Humanity has known about the negative effect of obesity for more than 2000 years. Hippocrates recognized that sudden death is likely to happen in those who have excess body weight. Keeping your BMI below 30 appears to be extremely helpful, according to the study.
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These 5 habits may not only prolong life expectancy but also improve its quality. We highly recommend everybody to stick to them at least for the time humanity discovers 'the cure for death'. Take care and stay healthy!
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