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5 Simple Things You Can Do to Live A Longer, Healthier Life – According to Dr. Sanjiv Chopra

By Sixty and Me April 25, 2019 Health and Fitness

Younger folks want to live as long as possible. But, as you age, your perspective about life will start to change with each passing year. Eventually, you will come to realize that it’s not just the number of years in your life, but the quality of the life you lead within those years.

Today, Margaret Manning sat down with Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, best-selling author, motivational speaker, and former Faculty Dean at Harvard Medical School, to discuss five simple yet essential habits that lead to a longer, healthier, happier life. Enjoy the show!

Drink Your Coffee

Liver cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths around the world. Since 2000, the mortality rates have increased by nearly 3% each year. However, drinking a cup or two of coffee a day lowers your risk of liver cancer, as well as six other types of cancers.

Some studies show that people who drink their coffee display less liver scarring than those who don’t. Others suggest that if you drink about two cups of coffee every day, you reduce your risk of hospitalization and early death. Drinking your coffee can also improve your cognitive function.

Exercise Regularly

If you love eating but don’t lead an active lifestyle, you increase your risk of obesity. Lack of exercise makes you susceptible to diabetes, liver disease, hypertension, and about twenty different types of cancers.

You don’t need to do rigorous exercise to stay healthy. Walking for about ten to fifteen minutes a day can help you maintain a healthy weight, manage various conditions, and live a healthier life.

Take Your Vitamin D3

To live a long, healthy, and happy life, take Vitamin D3 daily. Having sufficient levels of Vitamin D in your system keeps your bones strong and prevents bone disorders such as osteomalacia and rickets.

If you are deficient in other vitamins, make sure you take the recommended amount as well. Take your vitamins regularly, so you can stay healthy as you age. Take your vitamins at the same time every day so you won’t forget.

Eat Your Nuts

Some of the healthiest foods you can eat are nuts. Packed with unsaturated fatty acids and several nutrients, nuts raise your good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. Eating small amounts every day can even help you live longer.

There’s also a study that suggests that overweight individuals who don’t exercise can live longer if they consume small amounts of nuts daily.

Meditate Every Day

Make meditation a daily habit. There are several reasons why you should. For starters, it helps you relieve stress. No matter what you’re going through, you can find inner peace, as well as the courage to face your challenges, by meditating.

Consistency is key to making it a habit. So, start by setting aside five minutes of your day to meditate. As they say, if you don’t have time to do that, you ought to meditate twice a day.

Are you already practicing these five simple habits? What else are you doing to live a long, healthy, and happy life? Comment your answer down below, and don’t forget to click “like” and share this article to invite others to our ongoing discussion!

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