10 tips to live better and more

31 May 2018

Does HOW prevail over HOW MUCH?

The longevity topic is linked to a dilemma.

Live healthy or live longer?

Living in perfect health for a long time would be ideal!

The answers come from Sweden.

The Swedish doctor Bertil Marklund, after years of research on longevity, has collected in his book “The Nordic guide to living 10 years longer” easy tips to live a healthier and happier life.

By following these health principles every day, it helps to lead a healthy life, which is the first prerequisite of longevity.

1 – WALKING

From 6 to 8 kilometres a day every day

2 – SLEEP

At least 7 hours a night. The nervous and cardiovascular system will receive benefit. 

3 – SUNBATHING

Take at least 20 minutes a day of sunlight. It can produce vitamin D, which is important for bones and the immune system.

4 – EAT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

The natural colour of food contains the active ingredients which give health and long life. We are particularly talking about vitamins. Often vary the menus.

5 – TAKE CARE OF DENTAL HYGIENE

You have to think of the health of the mouth at least twice a day. Harmful bacteria usually are present in the gingival pockets. 

6 – DON’T GET FAT

Especially on the waistline. 102 centimetres for men and 88 for women, represent the limits which should not be overpassed. 

7 – DRINK

2 litres of water a day, 3 coffees and a glass of wine a day. They hydrate, support mood and provide antioxidant substances. 

8 – LAUGH

A laugh every day helps to produce the hormones of pleasure which are fundamental to contrast stress and its harmful effects. 

9 – TAKE CARE OF RELATIONSHIPS

Learn to feel good with others. Finding pleasure in spending time within the family and working environment helps to live better.

10 – GET RELAX

Don’t be demanding nor with yourself neither with others. Ambition to perfection reduces the pleasure of living the life

CURIOSITY

There are places called Blue Zones where healthy centenarians are concentrated. 

They are, the island of Okinawa in Japan, Nicoya in Costa Rica, Icaria in Greece, Loma Linda in California and some areas of Sardinia.

What the super longevity people of the “Blue Zones” have in common:

They practice moderate but constant physical activity, they do not smoke, they have the perception of being socially useful, at the table they never reach the satiety, they frequently consume legumes, semi-vegetarianism, the family is at the center of everything.

 

Bibliography: Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones @bluzones, The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer by Dr Bertil Marklund #BertilMarklund
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