Healthy Habits That Help You Live Until 100 Years Old

Here are some great healthy tips to help you live a longer, healthier life!

  1. Don’t Retire: Evidence shows that people who stop working abruptly, the incidence of chronic diseases and obesity rise. If you do retire, stay active!
  2. Floss Everyday: A 2008 New York University study showed that daily flossing reduced the amount of gum-disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria are thought to enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation in the arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease.
  3. Get Moving! : Studies show exercise improves your mood, mental acuity, balance, muscle mass, and bones.
  4. Eat Fiber Rich Breakfasts: Getting a serving of whole grains, especially in the morning, appears to help older folks maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day.
  5. Get at least 6 hours of sleep a night: Sleep is one of the most important functions that our body uses to regulate and heal cells.
  6. Consume whole foods, not supplements: Research suggests that people who have high blood levels of certain nutrients—selenium, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E—age much better and have a slower rate of cognitive decline.
  7. Find ways to manage your stress: Yoga, exercise, meditation, tai chi, or just deep breathing for a few moments are all good.
  8. Be a creature of habit: live by strict routines, eating the same kind of diet and doing the same kinds of activities their whole lives. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day is another good habit to keep your body in the steady equilibrium that can be easily disrupted as you get on in years.
  9. Stay connected: Having regular social contacts with friends and loved ones is key to avoiding depression.

 

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/living-well-usn/slideshows/in-pictures-11-health-habits-that-will-help-you-live-to-100 BY: Deborah Kotz

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