Longevity and Health Tips

September 3, 2019 • By Penelope Torres

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Although many people think our life expectancy is determined by our genes, it’s not the absolute truth. External factors like climate, diet, and lifestyle are very important too. So if you’re in pursuit of a happy long life here are some tips on how to achieve it.

Think of how much food you consume. Overeating can lead to serious problems caused by excess body weight (heart attacks are a common thing among such people). Besides, eating too much may decrease the amount of time you exercise which is bad for your health. Still, if you feel like eating something tasty like this fantastic Chinese garlic sauce, just do it! But remember to stop at the right time.

The sauce is extremely easy to make and it has many interesting flavors mixed. Just pan fry garlic, ginger, and chopped green chilies in canola oil until fragrant. Add soy sauce, chicken broth, rice vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Lastly, add a slurry of cornstarch and water and cook the sauce until it thickens. (1)

The second tip is to eat more nuts. They’re rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Instead of eating junk food at work, try taking nuts as a healthy snack. Also, if you’re a cereal lover, add some nuts to your regular breakfast. Trust me, you’ll feel more energetic and creative.

Of course, a healthy lifestyle requires healthy food. Try to keep to a healthy well-balanced diet and eat as many vegetables as possible. They’re rich in vitamins, carbohydrates, and fiber. What’s more, consuming vegetables can reduce the risk of premature death. Besides, it’s much better to replace meat with seafood so if you want to stay young and happy try this Szechuan shrimp recipe.

Take a large bowl with shrimps, add soy sauce, ground Szechuan peppercorns, Chinese rice wine, and cornstarch and mix well. Stir-fry the shrimp for a few minutes. Remove from the pan and saute garlic, ginger, shallots, and various vegetables. Later add the shrimp back and garnish with sesame seeds. (2)

Another important aspect of long life is staying physically active. You can add 3 years of life with 15 minutes of exercise each day! There’s also a 22% lower risk of early death if you exercise regularly. So just pull yourself together and start exercising at least once a day.

It’s also important to avoid any kind of stress and anxiety. Studies show that pessimistic people are 42% more likely to die earlier. If you’re stressed, laughter and positive thinking will increase your lifespan. Besides, being positive will brighten up your whole life and it will help you to find more friends. And if they come to your house, you may treat them to this amazing fish soup.

Start by cooking onions and garlic in a pot. Add canned tomatoes, clam juice, white wine, cubed salmon, and seasonings. Wait until the fish is cooked. Serve with fresh parsley.

After eating healthy food with delicious food you’re more likely to feel sleepy. It’s fine as long as your sleep pattern is good. If not, try to develop it and sleep for 8-9 hours each night. Less than 7 hours of sleep decreases your lifespan by 12%. On the other hand, oversleeping is also harmful because it leads to depression and low physical activity. So try to find a perfect balance and live longer! (3)

Penelope Torres

She is a health blogger that knows exactly what readers expect from her writings on nutrition, health and wellness. She inspires them to act and educate them on nutrition and healthy living using real and scientifically-based facts that support her ideas.
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