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They say that the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes, but that’s not to say that you can’t at least delay the former. It’s certain that all of our times will come of course, but what’s not certain is when. And with the right lifestyle, the right attitude, and the right help, we can make sure that our lifespans are significantly longer. Read on and let’s look at how you can ensure that your lifespan is as long as it can be.
The way you eat can make a huge difference to your health not only now but also in the future. If you eat a diet that’s high in antioxidants, for instance, then you will be protecting your cells against oxidative damage which can cause the visible signs of aging as well as potentially leading to cancer. Antioxidants can be found in lots of foods, particularly in fruits and vegetables – so eat your greens!
Likewise, you should also, of course, avoid foods that damage your health, which include large quantities of simple carbs, fats, salts, sugars and all the other stuff you know is no good for you. More important still, though, is to stay off of cigarettes which have been shown to dramatically increase your chances of an early demise.
Fasting is a controversial way to extend your lifespan that some people claim can be very effective, but others believe does more harm than good.
The idea is that when you fast, you warn the body that there’s not much available food. Thus it goes into a kind of ‘draught mode’ during which it will become more energy efficient so that it can make do on lower supplies. This, in turn, increases the function of the mitochondria, which forms a protective sheath around the cells (it does this because the mitochondria are the ‘energy centers’ of our cells).
That’s all well and good, but fasting can lead to malnutrition and isn’t particularly fun or practical. It has many nasty side effects too which is why fasting diets are to be avoided.
The good news is that there’s another way to trigger increased function in the mitochondria – which is to consume red grapes and red wine which both contain Resveratrol. Who’d have thought that drinking wine could help you avoid a cremation any time soon…
Exercise and Staying Sharp
Many studies have shown that we start to age when we stop. Brain deterioration is most common when people stop using it, and the same goes for our bodies.
Research has demonstrated on countless occasions that exercise can improve not only your quality of life, but also your life expectancy. Just hitting the gym a few times a week, even to do light exercise, can help to keep your muscles firm and your wrinkles at bay while helping your mind to stay sharp. Make sure to get some practice with your brain too – perhaps through a few rounds of chess – and you’ll be far more likely to get to 100.
John Norman is an employee at AllState Cremation, organizers of simple cremation services in New Haven, CT. John loves art and is frequently seen at various exhibition openings.