Since ages humans have been looking for the secret to a long and healthy life. Some say it’s all about genetics and some associate it with better availability of healthcare facilities. It is possible for some to be genetically gifted to have a longer life. But genes don’t play as huge a role in longevity as your environment and lifestyle.
3 secrets to living a healthy and long life
A healthy and balanced diet is one of the keys to good health. A balanced diet should have 7 components – carbs, proteins, unsaturated fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals and water. Water plays a role in various metabolic activities in the body. Make sure you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.
Avoid overeating which promotes obesity, which may further increase your risk of various chronic diseases. Instead, follow caloric restriction whenever possible. Caloric restriction is an excellent way to promote longevity.
Regular physical exercise keeps up your muscle strength, improves your immune system and reduces your risk of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. It also improves memory and cognition and can reduce depression and elevate mood. Slowly starts with a 5-10 minute routine first. Increase the duration and intensity gradually.
A positive outlook can do wonders to your mental and physical health. It reduces depression and the risk of diseases. A 35-year-long study done in the USA showed a direct connection between optimism and mortality rate. Stress and anxiety can trigger different pathological conditions. Try and practice mindfulness, breathing exercises and meditation to help reduce stress. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends and family if you need help