People are always trying to find the best ways to stay healthy and live longer, below are a few of my tips and tricks to living a happy, healthy and long life.
- Keep your brain active
One of the best ways to keep your cognitive ability sharp and increase life expectancy is to keep your brain active.
By challenging your brain with mental exercises, it is believed to maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communications between them to help them work more effectively.
While most people’s job keeps them mentally active and alert, learning a new hobby or skill, volunteering or mentoring are additional ways to keep your mind sharp, more specifically, learning a language has shown to be greatly beneficial.
- Spend time outside
Spending time outside, whether it be walking to the shops or gardening,
Vitamin D exposure from the sun is essential for bone health and is turning out to be important in depression, heart disease and diabetes.
Not only will spending time outside improve vitamin D levels, but it can also have a positive effect on your sleep.
This is because sunlight also regulates another hormone in the body called melatonin that controls your sleep cycle.
- Meditation and mindfulness
Stress is a well-known factor in aging the body so one way to reduce the effects of stress is through meditation and practicing mindfulness.
Meditation not only helps to reduce stress, depression and other psychological factors but may also have physical benefits on your body.
Through meditation, your body can regulate and slow down the effects of cellular ageing.
- Eat spicy food
Diet is renowned for having an impact on your health and thus longevity, but what are the best foods to eat?
Eating a balanced diet packed with fruit and vegetables is always an easy answer, but now spicy foods have shown to have a great impact.
Red chillies provide you with nutrients like Vitamins B, C and A. But they also include an active ingredient called capsaicin, which protects against both heart disease and obesity, which can also be found in cayenne and jalapeños.
- Stretch in the morning
By stretching first thing in the morning it can set your body up for the rest of the day and provide a number of health benefits, such as;
- Improve circulation
- Improve posture
- Improve flexibility
- Relieves stress