Did you know that there are small, nearly mindless things you can do every single day to live longer? If you're looking for a healthier, extended life (meaning more time doing the things you love), then age gracefully with these simple tips. Something as small as walking a little more or drinking more water (even sleeping!) can help improve your health and your body's ability to fight off disease.
Broccoli, turmeric, hibiscus tea, mushrooms, strawberries — you'd be surprised at all the foods that can help keep you healthy and add years to your life. It's also been shown that a plant-based diet can lower both your cholesterol and your risk for obesity, meaning your chances of having a longer life are much higher.
Get Out of Your Seat
Did you know that 10 percent of all deaths are from being sedentary? Sitting can be as lethal as smoking. If you've got a desk job or tend to sit a lot, make sure you hone in on how much you're moving, standing, and walking. Add steps to your day — every day — and get a fitness tracker if you need reminders to move
Harvard proved that the secret to not just a longer life, but a happier one as well, was deep and meaningful relationships. Nurture your relationships with friends and family, and spend some time in conversation daily.
Don't Drink (a Lot)
Everything in moderation, right? While we're not telling you to abstain from alcohol altogether, it's important to note that it is a toxin, and it taxes your body when you have more than a couple drinks at a time. Plus, it can contribute to unhealthy weight gain, which can shorten your lifespan. That said, one glass of wine each day can lower cholesterol, lower chances of stroke, and can keep your bones strong.
Obviously you'll die if you don't drink water. But even if you're simply not drinking enough water each day, the effects can still be severe; latent effects of dehydration include brain swelling, seizures, and kidney failure. Avoid the scary side-effects by guzzling H2O all day long.
By Dominique Astorino for Popsugar