“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
- Sophia Loren
The myth of the of Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon and the Fountain of Youth is one that is well known. We are fascinated by the story, specifically by the idea that there may be a spring that would possess the ability to obtain everlasting life and health to anyone who either drank from the spring or bathed in it.
We spend much of our lives today trying to recreate exactly what the fountain of youth had to offer – making specific lifestyle choices and purchasing a variety of products all due to the fact that they offer us the promise of youthful beauty and energy. Products grace our television screens and social media platforms promising both to fight and reverse the signs of aging, returning us to a younger version of ourselves. It has been reported that the global market for anti-aging products is expected to exceed a total of $260 billion US by the year 2022!
Experts say that we don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to accomplish these goals. There are a number of scientifically proven ways that we can improve our health and live longer simply by making small, simple changes today.
Experts say these 8 scientifically proven tips can add years to your life:
Reduce Blood Pressure
High blood pressure levels have been associated with an increased risk of coronary disease, stroke, heart failure and heart attacks. Knowing that it is no surprise experts are advising that lowering your blood pressure can lengthen your life. With approximately 1/3 of all American adults suffering from high blood pressure, this point is incredibly important to note.
Watch Your Weight
Analyzing the data of patients across Europe, North America and Australia, experts discovered that as overweight patients lost weight they were actually able to improve their lifespan. More specifically, for every 2.2lbs the patients lost they increased their lifespan by 2 months. It can also be assumed that gaining weight will, in turn, decrease your lifespan. Maintain a healthy weight for optimal health.
Never Start Smoking
It is no surprise that smoking is one of the big health concerns that plague today’s society. While there is a big push to convince those who do smoke to quit, boasting the ways you can reverse the effects of smoking by giving it up, the time that you did engage in this bad habit will, ultimately, still impact your overall health. Rather than trying to turn your health back around and reverse the effects of smoking, just don’t start to begin with.
(That being said, if you have already started it is definitely better for your health to quit rather than continuing to smoke)
Live Life to the Fullest
In a 2011 study, researchers found that those participants who were happy with their lives, resulting in an overall more positive mood were 35% less likely to die over the course of the next 5 years than those who were found to be in a negative mood. This means that simply being happier with your life, doing the things that you enjoy and embracing the positives can make you live longer.
There have been a lot of associations between physical activity and better health. It comes as no surprise then that a Harvard-affiliated study has concluded that adding even low levels of physical activity to the daily routine of its participants helped to lengthen their lives. More specifically, adding 75 minutes of brisk walking per week was found to add 1.8 years of life after the age of 40. Looking to live longer? Get up on your feet and get moving!
Reduce Your Cholesterol Levels
Your genes may be working for you or against you when it comes to your cholesterol experts state. Those who have a gene associated with higher levels of ‘good’ cholesterol has been found to lengthen the life of those who possess it and provide resistance to age-related diseases. While you can’t change your genes, you can use your diet in order to achieve the same results. Lower the ‘bad’ cholesterol in your diet and increase the ‘good’ cholesterol in order to obtain optimal health.
We live in a crazy busy world where the average person is stressed, overworked and experiencing high anxiety. Meditation has been found to be an effective means of lowering anxiety and stress levels, creating a calm, peaceful mind. A University of California-Davis study found that those participants who meditated daily have approximately 30% higher levels of the enzyme telomerase, which is associated with longevity.
Stick with Your Education
While school may be a frustrating point in your life, leaving many students counting down to their final classes, experts now say that a higher education can help you to live longer. In a 2015 study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, researchers explained that your education can impact a number of different elements of your life that, working together, can improve your health. This includes an improved social network, access to important information, better problem-solving skills and improved self-efficacy.