Let’s face it. Life is far too short.
The best revenge is living a full, fulfilling life. And not wasting a moment of it.
Which includes taking care of your health so you can spend even MORE of it here.
But what if I were to tell you there are science-backed ways to slash your risk of early death? Or that you won’t have to go any further than your own kitchen to start taking advantage of them?
It’s true. Research has proven certain foods are associated with living longer.
Heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and stroke are four of the top reasons people die before their time according to the CDC.
But we now know certain foods can help keep those diseases at bay.
Living longer starts in the kitchen
Following are five foods which could help slash your risk of dying early.
If you’re like me and just can’t start your day without a cup of Joe, I have great news. Study after study has linked drinking coffee to reduced rates of some of the worst diseases out there.
A meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal found drinking three to five cups of coffee a day slashed dying early from all causes. Plus coffee drinking was associated with a significantly lower risk of heart disease and dying from a cardiac event specifically.
Another study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention found that as little as one cup of java a day could be enough to reduce your risk of several different cancers.
In other words, your coffee habit could lead to living longer.
2. Full-fat milk:
Do you want to live longer? Put whole milk back on the menu.
I’ve explained before that the fat you find in full-fat dairy products isn’t the villain it was once made out to be. But a new study has found it could literally lead to living longer.
The research published in The Lancet focused on more than 136,000 folks in 21 different countries. And it revealed something remarkable. The full-fat dairy didn’t harm people’s health. But it also kept them HEALTHIER.
Study participants who drank whole milk every day actually had fewer cardiovascular issues including heart attacks, strokes, and developing heart disease, than folks who skipped whole milk altogether.
3. Fatty fish:
A team of Chinese and Swiss researchers confirmed eating fish could help us live longer. According to the study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition a daily serving of fatty fish such as tuna and salmon slashed folks risk of dying early from any cause by a healthy six percent.
Just be sure you’re choosing wild-caught fatty fish and not the farmed variety.
The tide is finally turning, but some folks are still avoiding nuts because of fat. If you’re one of them, it’s time to stop. The fats found in nuts are the GOOD kind you want to include in your diet.
Still not convinced? A joint study out of the Imperial College of London and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology might make you start singing a different tune.
Researchers proved making nuts a regular part of your diet is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, respiratory illnesses, cancer, and more. Make some of them peanuts, and you’ll slash your risk of a stroke too.
The key is to munch on the right amount. The researchers saw the best results in folks who kept their daily dose of nuts to around 20 grams, or about a shot glass full.
5. Whole grains:
According to a Harvard University study, eating whole grains could keep us living longer too. In fact, they were associated with a lower risk of premature death across the board.
According to researchers eating 70 grams of whole grains a day—around three to four servings—was associated with a…
- 22 percent drop in death from any cause
- 23 percent drop in heart-linked death
- 20 percent drop in death from cancer
Just make sure you’re choosing organic whole grains and not the heavily processed and refined stuff.
Make sure these five healthy foods are a regular part of your diet. And you won’t just be living better you’ll be living LONGER too.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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