In the last few years, the science of aging has made some astounding leaps forward. Researchers have finally begun to crack the secret code behind longevity.
And while there are still many more anti-aging secrets to be unearthed, we’re already starting to see more and more folks live to 100 and beyond.
Anti-aging secrets may add years to your life
When you boil it down to the basics, most of us simply want to live long and happy lives. If you’re one of those people keep reading for three research proven anti-aging secrets that together could literally add years to your life.
1. Drink more tea:
Our friends across the pond in the U.K. live an average 2.3 years longer than we do here in the United States. Folks in Japan live an incredible 4.6 years longer!1
And while there are likely a number of factors that contribute to those lifespan differences, experts say one of them could be tea.
Tea is packed with healthy antioxidants called polyphenols. These plant-based micronutrients help fight the free radicals that cause damage to our bodies. Unstable free radicals are behind virtually every health problem we face including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and premature aging.
Several studies have uncovered a connection between tea drinking and anti-aging. For example, a study presented at a meeting of the European Society for Cardiology revealed that regular tea drinking is linked to a 24 percent drop in premature death.2
Several Japanese studies found that tea drinking is associated with a reduced risk of dying from any cause, as well as from heart disease and cancer.3,4,5 And Australian researchers say women over 75 who drank two cups of tea a day were 40 percent more likely to have survived by the end of their study.6
Not a big tea fan? Good news, coffee has been linked to anti-aging too. A large European study of over 520,000 folks found coffee lowers your risk for dying.7 And in another recent study people who drank an average of two to four cups of coffee a day had an 18 percent lower risk of an early death.8
2. Work hard and be conscientious:
The Longevity Project is a remarkable eight-decade long study that’s still going. Started in the 1920s, researchers have been tracking a group of 1,528 folks from childhood through to their deaths.
Most of us think happy go-lucky types live longer because they spend less time worrying about things and don’t put as much pressure on themselves to get things done. But it turns out folks who are conscientious and hardworking live longer.
In fact, according to experts, people who are prudent and careful decision makers have a 20 to 30 percent lower chance of dying early than their peers.9
In other words, taking it easy all the time could send you to an early grave. Stay active and involved, and don’t worry so much about overthinking things. Your hard work and thoughtful choices could translate into living at least two to three years longer.
3. Spend more time in the sun:
Far too many adults aren’t getting enough vitamin D, especially seniors. According to some researchers three quarters of American adults could be running low on this vital vitamin.10
And that can spell disaster for your health and shorten your lifespan. Low D levels are linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, dementia, osteoporosis and cancer. Which is likely why research has found that people who don’t get enough of the vitamin are 26 percent more likely to die early.
These 8 surprising signs you are low on vitamin D can help you decide if your levels have dropped too low. If you suspect your D deficient ask your doctor about a blood test.
Naturally raising your levels of anti-aging vitamin D can be as simple as spending more time outdoors. UV-B rays from the sun will trigger your skin cells to produce the vitamin. Shoot for 10 to 20 minutes of sun in the afternoon without sunscreen on.
You can also raise your levels by eating more vitamin D rich foods such as salmon, sardines, eggs and pork. But be careful about relying solely on the vitamin D fortified foods which are popping up on store shelves. Most use vitamin D2, which isn’t as effective as D3 at raising the vitamin D levels in our blood.11
Supplements are available too. Just be sure to pick a vitamin D3 version.
Stop aging gracefully and going gently into that good night. Fight it every step of the way, and add years to your life, with these research-proven anti-aging secrets.
1. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD Better Life Index, Health in Detail by Country, Accessed 8.23.17
2. “Drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality by 24 percent, study finds,” Science Daily, August 31, 2014, Source: European Society of Cardiology, Prof. Nicolas Danchin
3. “Green tea consumption and mortality due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all causes in Japan: the Ohsaki study,” JAMA. 2006 Sep 13; 296(10):1255-65
4. ‘Green tea consumption and mortality among Japanese elderly people: the prospective Shizuoka elderly cohort,” Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Oct; 19(10):732-9
5. “Can teatime increase one’s lifetime?,” Ageing Res Rev. 2003 Jan; 2(1):1-1
6. “Flavonoid intake and all-cause mortality,” Am J Clin Nutr, April 1, 2015, ajcn073106
7. “Coffee Drinking and Mortality in 10 European Countries: A Multinational Cohort Study,” Ann Intern Med. 2017;167(4):236-247
8. “Association of Coffee Consumption With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Nonwhite Populations,” Ann Intern Med. 2017;167(4):228-235
9. “The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study,” Dr. Howard S. Friedman and Dr. Leslie R. Martin, Hudson Street Press, Plume, February 28, 2012
10. “High prevalence of vitamin D inadequacy and implications for health,” Mayo Clin Proc. 2006 Mar;81(3):353-73, Accessed: 8.23.2017
11. “Vitamin D2 is much less effective than vitamin D3 in humans,” J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Nov;89(11):5387-91
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