Some of the most common health hacks are also often the simplest to follow. Most of these involve making small but long-term changes in your lifestyle. The benefits far outweigh the effort, and you get to live longer!
There are simple and easy ways you can achieve this if you are willing to put in the effort to make it that way. In addition to this, taking a positive approach towards life doing the work you are passionate about will help you live a long and happy, healthy life.12
Here are some surprisingly simple hacks to extending your stay on this planet. You will kick yourself for not starting on these earlier!3
1. Eat Often To Stay Energetic
If you want to age well and stay healthy, you should follow a diet that doesn’t leave you hungry all the time, slowing down your metabolism. You may be perfectly fine with eating three clean, well-balanced and healthy meals a day. Unhealthy snacking creeps in when submitting to the mid-morning and early evening hunger pangs while at work or home.
One thing that works well is to eat 5-6 smaller meals per day spaced 2-3 hours apart. This allows you to stay full throughout the day and not overindulge in calorie-filled snacks. The idea behind eating several times a day is that it increases your metabolism.
Chewing your food properly and periodic fasting will keep your digestive system free of overload. The toxins absorbed in the digestive tract are one of the most important reasons for inflammatory diseases, and this hack helps you to keep your internal organs free of toxic overload. This practice also helps you to keep fit and maintain your body weight.4
2. Nap As Much As You Can
Everyone loves a good afternoon nap, but there is a perfect time to nap as to not disrupt our evening sleep. Your alertness peaks typically around 9 am and then goes downhill starting about 11 am, and we usually blame a substantial meal for the tiredness.
But it is natural to feel tired in the early afternoon. The energy levels tend to hit their lowest point between 1 pm and 3 pm making it the perfect time for a nap. When your body requires sleep, it is a good idea to have a quick nap to maintain the energy levels for the day.
Melatonin and growth hormones are the two most important hormones in your body from an aging perspective, and their release can be limited when you sleep. So, taking intermediary naps in a day help you to improve daytime energy and vitality and also to keep you young as it controls the release of the growth hormones. It also gives you improved skin tone and reduces stress for the day.5
3. Enjoy A Good Sex Life
Regular and enthusiastic sex life offers a host of measurable physiological advantages, probably more than anyone even knows. Sexual activity has positive effects on hormones, immune function, endorphins and muscle strengthening. If you experience a high frequency of orgasms, then the good news is that you tend to live longer than others who have had less frequent orgasms. The risk of a heart attack or stroke is reduced by half if you have sex three or more times a week.
A regular bout of sex burns around 50 calories- about the same as walking 15 minutes on a treadmill. The pulse rate in a person rises when indulging in sexual activity and hence, sex is an exercise in itself. It releases sweat so much that most of the toxins in the body get excreted. It emulsifies and reduces extra fat from the body, and your endocrine and sex glands get activated. It sustains your youthful fervor, and you will look much younger even at an advancing age.6
4. Drink More Coffee
Many of you will raise your hands when asked if you drink at least 2 cups of coffee every day. Drinking coffee provides considerable protection against several serious diseases. Coffee lowers the blood level of liver enzymes and reduces the occurrence of liver cirrhosis. For this reason, alcohol drinkers can reduce the chance of cirrhosis significantly by drinking coffee daily.
Coffee also causes the liver enzymes to become stronger and significantly reduces the chance of developing liver cancer and chronic liver disease. It is also insulin-sensitizing and reduces the incidence of very painful gout. Coffee drinkers also have a reduced risk of developing advanced-stage prostate cancer.
It is linked with reduced risk of heart attack and stroke too. You also reduce the chances of developing age-related diseases like the Parkinson’s by drinking coffee. Enjoy those extra cups of coffee to fight depression, stay active and live younger. Isn’t that a simple hack?7
5. Drink Wine
If you drink a glass of red wine every day, you tend to live longer. Wine drinkers are less prone to heart disease, diabetes, and dementia than non-wine drinkers. Having a glass or two of wine may actually help keep your weight on track. Red wine is rich in resveratrol and antioxidants and ellagic acid which is found to slow the growth of existing fat cells and prevent the growth of new ones. It boosts your heart rate and helps fire up your metabolism.8 Wine is also abundant in phenolic acids and polyphenols that have additional health benefits. There is a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality with consumption of wine. Moderate consumption of wine is associated with increased health benefits and longevity.9
When you give intermediary breaks to your body by taking short naps, drinking your favorite coffee, being active sexually, having your glass of wine in moderation and frequently eating to up your metabolism, you are progressing on the path towards improving your life expectancy. Add a positive approach towards life to increase your lifespan devoid of worries and stress.
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|↑7||Andersen, Lene Frost, David R. Jacobs, Monica H. Carlsen, and Rune Blomhoff. “Consumption of coffee is associated with reduced risk of death attributed to inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases in the Iowa Women’s Health Study.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 83, no. 5 (2006): 1039-1046.|
|↑8||Merrell, Alicia. “Eat Smart, Live Long: There Is No Diet That Can Do What Healthy Eating Can.” Xlibris Corporation, 2016.|
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