Aging sure isn’t for the faint of heart. As we get older, things don’t always work quite as well as they used to. And for each ounce of wisdom we gain, there seems to be some more gray hair to go with it.
But then there are all the fantastic things that come with age. You can start with that hard-won wisdom and end with the grandkids. I’m betting you wouldn’t even mind welcoming a few great-grands into this world.
Now you don’t need me to tell you eating well and getting regular exercise can help you stick around longer. But it turns out those aren’t the only hacks that can help turn aging on its head.
Anti-aging hacks can help you live YEARS longer
Following are six simple anti-aging hacks which could add 16 or more years to your life.
1. Drink MORE coffee:
You could practically fill a book with all the positive studies about coffee. There’s no doubt about it, a java habit is linked to a longer life.
After years of coffee having a reputation as a “guilty pleasure,” scientists now say, drinking several cups a day could end up adding YEARS to your life.
In one HUGE study, researchers found women who drank one to five cups a day had significantly less chance of dying from any cause than ladies who skipped the coffee.
In another, middle-aged men and women who drank three to five cups of java a day were 65 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
Your coffee habit could also slash your risk of diabetes—responsible for over 234,000 deaths a year—by an incredible 50 percent. And experts say two and a half cups a day could cut your cancer risk in half too.
2. Nibble on chocolate:
Flavanol-rich cocoa powders and dark chocolate can help relax blood vessels and trigger more blood to flow to the brain. Which means they could help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
In one meta-analysis, researchers reviewed 133 different studies on flavonoid-rich foods. And they confirmed dark chocolate could help lower high blood pressure which contributes to 1,100 deaths a DAY.
And according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a regular dark chocolate habit could help reduce blood pressure in some cases up to 10 points.
Anti-aging by chocolate? Sign me up!
3. Fall in love again:
There’s nothing to not like about sex. It’s a huge stress reliever, a great way to slip in a little extra aerobic exercise, and loads of fun. Plus, scientists say we can add age-fighting to that list.
In a study, published in the British Medical Journal, researchers found a link between orgasm frequency and a significantly lower chance of early death.
And we’re not talking peanuts here either. Mortality risk plummeted by 50 percent. And the guys who had the most frequent orgasms had life spans of around three to eight years longer.
4. Crunch on apples:
Antioxidant-rich apples aren’t just delicious. They may be able to help us live longer too.
Scientists say the polyphenols in apples get the credit for their anti-aging powers. In an animal study, they boosted lifespan an average of 10 percent. Plus they extended the ability to walk, climb, and move around. In a similar study, apple extracts extended lifespans by up to 25 percent.
In humans research credits frequent apple eating with slashing heart disease risk up to 22 percent. Heart disease kills up to 370,000 people every year. But if more folks developed an apple habit, it could help reduce that number.
5. Go nuts for nuts:
If you’re avoiding nuts because of their fat content, stop. Studies show they can actually help you lose weight.
In fact, nut eaters tend to have lower body mass indexes and smaller waists. Plus, studies show nuts could help slash your risk of cancer, fight inflammation, boost blood vessel function, and even raise your good cholesterol.
And according to a study published in the journal BioMed Central, frequent nut eaters have a 39 percent lower risk of death than folks who aren’t fans. Snack on walnuts and your risk of early death could plummet by 45 percent.
6. Shun the couch:
Stuck at your desk all day? Or do you have a serious Facebook or TV habit? If you’re spending a lot of time with your seat in your seat, experts say you’re shortening your lifespan.
But according to one study, you may be able to add up to two extra years to your life simply be sitting fewer than three hours a day. Unseat your seat by just two extra hours a day, and you can add as much as 1.38 years to your expiration date, according to researchers.
Refuse to check out any sooner than you have to. These six simple anti-aging hacks could help you add YEARS to your lifespan.