The 10 secrets of longevity

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Longevity, here are the secrets to live longer. What is the secret to living long? We often ask ourselves this and most likely there is more than one answer. Science and human experience have long been trying to find an elixir of life that guarantees well-being and health. The latest research helps us understand what to do to live better and more, while maintaining a high quality of life. Here are the top 10 secrets of longevity.



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What is the secret to living longer? We often ask ourselves this and most likely there is more than one answer. Science and human experience have long been trying to find a long life elixir that guarantees well-being and health. The latest research helps us understand what to do to live better and more, while maintaining a high quality of life. Here are the top 10 secrets of longevity.



1) Rest

The secret of longevity is in the rest, as well as in a healthy diet. To reveal it is a group of researchers who studied the habits of life of the inhabitants of the Greek island of Ikaria, where 1,1% of the population is made up of people over 90 years old. Thanks to good siesta habit, combined with the consumption of tea and a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia appear among the inhabitants of the island at a much older age than in the rest of Greece.

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2) Holidays

Le holidays they help us to live longer, especially if they last at least 8 days and if we spend them directly contact with nature. The expert opinion, the holiday can reduce the risk of death by 29%. Then choose a destination surrounded by greenery and accompany the journey with light physical activity. Walking in the green is beneficial not only for movement, but also because it increases serotonin levels and reduces those of anxiety.

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3) Omega 3

Omega 3, an elixir of life? The omega 3 they are not only present in fish, but also in plant foods such as flax seeds, linseed oil, hemp seeds and nuts, in some green leafy vegetables and legumes. According to one study conducted at Harvard, higher levels of omega 3 in the blood are associated with a lower risk of premature death in the elderly, hence with longevity. Omega 3s help reduce overall mortality by 27% and heart disease-related mortality by over a third (35%).



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4) Bacche di goji

Le Goji berries in Tibet they are defined as fruits of life and longevity because of the precious nutrients they are made of. They are nutritious and rich in beneficial substances for our body. THE Tibetan monks and Chinese medicine they make extensive use of it. They are very rich in antioxidants, able to counteract the effect of free radicals. In addition to goji berries, don't forget other foods they represent important sources of natural antioxidants, such as red fruits, berries, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and spinach.

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5) And 5 Tibetans

The 5 Tibetans are recharging and rejuvenating exercises, which apparently have extraordinary powers to counteract aging and to keep our body and mind healthy. They contribute to the elasticity of the whole body and to perform just one series of the famous five positions it takes a few minutes. Exercises should be done every day to reap the maximum benefits. We also combine the 5 Tibetan rites with the practice of Yoga and meditation. THU a useful video dedicated to the 5 Tibetans.

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6) Immune system

Why women on average tend to live longer than men? According to one search conducted in Japan the secret of female longevity would concern the immune system, which would be able to slow the decline. Among women, the experts revealed an important difference with regards to lymphocytes. Their presence with advancing age decreases in men, but increases in women. Therefore, it is precisely in women that the decline of the cells of the immune system would be slower.



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7) Fruits and vegetables

In the consumption of fruits and vegetables it is better to abound and reach 7 or more servings per day to extend life, reducing the risk of death regardless of age. One confirmed it study conducted by researchers from University College London who analyzed the eating habits of over 65 people. It found that those who eat seven or more servings of fruit and vegetables every day reduces the risk of death by 42% compared to those who consume only one. Specifically, the risk of dying from cancer is -25%, while for heart disease it is -31%.

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8) Generosity

Being generous helps us live longer. Perhaps for this very reason a well-known saying reminds us that it is better to give than to receive. The generosity protects our health. One confirmed it study conducted by experts at the University of Buffalo: those who work hard to help others have a lower risk of death than those who are less generous and selfless. Specifically, generosity loosens the connection between the risk of death and stress.

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9) Beware of red meat

Red meat doubles the risk of heart attack, diabetes and cancer. This was confirmed by a research conducted recently at the University of Cambridge. A daily consumption of meat greater than 50 grams for men and only 30 grams for women is not at all beneficial for health. According to experts, it should be drastically reduced. Eliminating red meat completely from your diet to live better and longer is not a great sacrifice. Attention also to processed and preserved meats, that shorten life because of theirs excessive fat and salt content.

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10) Walk

Walking helps to live more. To do 5000 steps a day is one of the secrets of longevity according toWHO. Walking in fact reduces the risk of death associated with sedentary diseases linked to bad lifestyles, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer and osteoporosis. Prevention is a right of every citizen: walking and exercise are part of what we can do to avert the risk of running into serious illnesses. So, every day, let's enjoy a nice one health walk.

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Marta Albè

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