While we can’t live forever, all of us would like to live a long, fulfilling life.
According to the Evening Standard, United States-born Spaniard Maria Branyas is 116 years old, and took the title of oldest person in the world earlier in 2023.
She has attributed her long life to staying away from ‘toxic people’.
Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at the age of 122 in 1997 and holds the record for the oldest person ever, attributed her long life to olive oil, port, and chocolate, but she was also a cigarette smoker.
Just by looking at these two ladies, we’ve learned that olive oil, drinking port, eating chocolate, and staying away from toxic people are some of the things we should look into if we want to live longer.
Here are more tips on what you need to start doing if you want to live longer:
It’s a no-brainer that exercise is good for your body. Regular physical activity, even if it’s just a small amount, could extend your lifespan.
Follow a healthy diet
Following a healthy diet is not just for when you want to lose weight. What you eat seriously impacts your health.
A healthy diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, fibre, and whole foods has been shown to be protective against inflammation and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and certain cancers which cause the majority of early deaths.
Get enough sleep
A regular sleep schedule is also crucial to your body’s overall functioning. A good night’s sleep is defined as at least seven to nine hours a night.
Let’s face it, stress is part of life. But how you manage it is important. Elevated anxiety and worry could take a significant toll on the body and disrupt almost all of its processes.
Chronic stress could increase the risk of depression, anxiety disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation, and obesity.
Stay connected with friends and family
Friendships and relationships are more than just emotionally fulfilling, they are beneficial to your physical health too.
Having strong, meaningful relationships could increase feelings of happiness and overall satisfaction with life.
Stop binge drinking
Excessive alcohol consumption could increase your risk of heart disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. –IOL