Thursday, September 11, 2008

How to live longer

Of course everyone wants to live to a ripe old age. Although you cant predict exactly how many years you'll have, there are some clues. For one, there's genetics, the rest depends on your lifestyle. Heres how you can add years to your life from these simple tips I've read.

+1 year
PLAY WITH YOUR POOCH - When you interact with animals, ypur blodd pressure ans stress hormones levels drops and your body's level of the mood boosting hormone oxytocin increases. And a less stressed heart is a healthier one.

+2 years
MAKE LOVE OFTEN - Having sex not only emotionally connects you and your loved one but also relieves stress, lifts spirits, induces sleep, ansd aven counts as exercise, all of which help you live longer. A study found that adults who made love at least three times a week looked 10 years younger that their less lusty counterparts.

+3 years
EXERCISE - Walking just a half hour a day can lengthen your life according to studies. Regular exercise helps you burn calories and maintain a healthy weight which can ward off some ailments.

+6 years
FLOSS - The same bacteria that causes periodontal diseases like gingivitis also trigger an immune response that causes your arteries to swell, constrict blood flow and collect plaque, all increasing risk of cardiovascular disease. Routine daily flossing combines with brushing after meals and periodic dental checkups will help rid your mouth of these bad bacteria.

+7 years
LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE - An optimistic outlook increases life span by at least seven and half years even after accounting for age, gender, socio economic status and physical health according to researchers. That glass is half full attitude boosts your body's immune system, enabling it to better handle the destructive effects of stress.

+8 years
KICK THE NICOTINE HABIT - Smokers who quit by by age 35 live an average of six to eight years longer that people who continue lighting up, research shows. Giving up smoking lowers your risk in developing fatal condition including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

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