There are a lot of things that we know that we can do to help to increase our life expectancy and years of health – like proper exercise and nutrition, quitting smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation. But there are a lot of other things out there that can help to increase your life span that you probably wouldn’t consider or normally take into account.
What follows is a list of some of the more interesting and unexpected things that will help your aging gracefully.
While being out in the sun can be bad for your health – namely, skin cancer, sunburns and wrinkles, it’s still very beneficial to get outside – just wear sunscreen! Even in the winter, even on cloudy days!
The benefit of being outside is that of vitamin D. Why does vitamin D matter so much, you may ask? It’s essential for bone health and is turning out to be important in depression, heart disease, diabetes and pretty much everything under the sun. (See what I did there?) Even if you’re only outside for 15 minutes a day – that will, in most cases, help maintain proper vitamin D levels in your body.
Sunlight also helps to regulate melatonin levels in your body, which, when at proper amounts, will help control your sleep schedule. And we all know how important sleep is to your health, don’t we?
Being social and having positive relationships may seem like a straightforward enough benefit to your overall life experience, but it does actually increase your life span, as well. So get in the habit of telling good stories and work to spend more time with your friends and family to create those meaningful relationships that will last years and years into the future.
Having proper dental hygiene and flossing daily has actually been shown to increase your life expectancy by a year and a half! Keeping your gums healthy cuts down on bacteria that causes inflammation which can lead to heart problems later on.
So there you go – start flossing daily, and you’re probably going to live at least 365 days longer!
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Studies found that those aging men and women who had a positive outlook on aging actually had a longer life expectancy – by a long shot! How much does happy thoughts give you? 1 year? 3 years? Surely not much more than flossing would get you, right? Wrong! It was actually found that people who had a positive outlook about heading into their silvering years lived about 7 and a half years longer. Really!
[box type=”note”]These are just a few of the surprising ways that people can increase their lifespan – what interesting finds have you discovered that will help you keep healthy and live longer?[/box]
Jade Evans is a freelance writer who writes for numerous health and wellness sites, and though she respects those that are in TX assisted living facilities, she also respects those who are able to maintain their lifestyle until the end of their days. Happiness is what we make of it, no matter our location.