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5 Easy Ways to Add Years to Your Life

How many times have you heard the phrase, “the only two certainties in life are death and taxes”? Probably more times than you can count! But what if you could take steps to cheat death just a bit and extend your life, all without too much hassle or effort? Wouldn’t you do it? Well, get ready . . . we’ve got five easy ways to add years to your life.

1.    Eat breakfast.  Plenty of people skip the first meal of the day because they’re rushing in the morning or because they want to lose weight. If you think you’re too busy, it’s still important to make the time to sit down and have a meal: a balanced breakfast with protein, carbs, and fiber will give you the energy you need to get through the morning and fill you up so you won’t be tempted to snack or overeat at lunch. What’s more, what you eat for breakfast could actually help you shed excess pounds that are aging you prematurely. In a recent study, people who ate two eggs for breakfast a day lost 65 percent more weight than those who had a bagel instead.

2.    Get a good night’s sleep—every night.
Sleep gives your body a chance to rest and repair itself, so it’s important to get enough uninterrupted sleep to stay youthful. It’s easier to get the same amount of sleep on a regular basis if you wake up and go to bed at the same times—and avoid sleeping in late on weekends or vacations. Most people need eight hours of sleep, but sleep needs can vary from person to person. A rule of thumb: if you don’t feel rested when you wake up, you’re probably not sleeping enough.

3.    Stay social.
An active lifestyle filled with time spent with family and friends and pursuing personal interests, relieves stress and helps to stave off what is normally thought of as “age-related” mental declines. Take a class in that foreign language you’ve always wanted to learn, get the kids together more often for family dinners, set up a regular “game night” with friends—all of these things will keep you young, engaged, and active.

4.    Get regular screenings. One of the simplest ways to stay healthy longer is to never skip your annual medical checkups and make sure that you are getting screened for diseases that are easier to treat when caught in the early stages. Colonoscopies, for example, save thousands of lives a year because they detect colon cancer when the odds of recovery are more favorable. They should be done starting at age 50—or younger if you have a family history or other risk factors.

5.    Supplement your diet.
In addition to filling in gaps in your diet, natural supplements have anti-aging properties as well.  Fish oil, for instance, improves heart health and prevents age-related mental declines. B-complex strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight off the ravages of infections and viruses. And green tea has been proven to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

See – wasn’t that simple enough? By taking the time to incorporate these five easy steps into your life, you can be on your way to putting that one “certainty” off a few years!

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