The late musical legend Freddie Mercury penned these words “Who wants to live forever”, whilst many of us would love to live forever we know this is not realistic so we have to live the best life we possibly can, whilst we can.
According to the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy of the global population is 71.4 years. This varies from country to country, and differs between male and females. The fields of medicine and technology are expanding i.e. we can 3D print new heart valves or perform surgery without making an incision. We are learning and developing new ways to combat diseases every day.
Today you can get a new heart, lungs or even a liver. But we are not all fortunate enough to be able to replace our organs when they get sick or old. We have to do with what we have and take care of it.
Your lifespan can be predetermined by many things like genetics, but living a healthy lifestyle will help enormously in extending your years. Making better choices for yourself will not only make you feel better, it will also improve the quality of your life. Here are 15 things you should stop doing if you want to live longer.
1. Unhealthy Diet
A healthy diet is the key to leading a healthy lifestyle. What you eat is what you fuel your body with, and by choosing unhealthy options we do our bodies a great disservice. A healthy diet should provide adequate levels of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats from an assortment of different foods.
Making poor nutrition choices can contribute to stress, tiredness and a general sense of ill-health. A diet full of junk food is full of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, added sugars, preservatives and other processed ingredients. Unhealthy diets can increase the risk of health problems like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Junk food tends to be full of trans fats, which can raise levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase the risk of heart problems.
Eating a healthy diet isn’t as restrictive as people think. You can still enjoy treats and guilty pleasures, as long as it’s in moderation. To have a varied, nutritious diet, it’s important to ensure you’re eating foods from all the main food groups. Eating a wide variety of foods will ensure you get as many nutrients and benefits as possible. Adding foods like fish and nuts contain healthy, unsaturated fats which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and other health issues.
No matter how well you’re eating, it’s also important to maintain portion control especially when it comes to foods rich in calories. Foods like legumes, fruits, and vegetables are full of nutrients, fiber, and vitamins while being low in fat and sodium, which makes them the perfect base for your healthy diet. Make sure you limit foods with added sugar like soda beverages and fast food.