Sunday, September 12, 2010

How to live to 100: Some tips

Drink green tea: People who drink 5+ cups of green tea a day have significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke.

Be outgoing: People who are outgoing are 50% less likely to develop demetia due to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a recent study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found.

Eat nuts: Those who frequently eat nuts gained on average an additional 2 years life expectancy due to their numerous cardiovascular benefits, according to an archive of internal medicine publication.

Floss: Flossing regularly can add up to 6 years onto your life expectancy by removing bacteria that can cause inflammation, which in turn reduces the risk of strokes and heart disease.

Do not smoke: Smoking for the majority of your lifetime can cut up to 10 years off of your life expectancy. However if you quit by age 50, you can gain 6 of those years back.

Embrace new technology:
researchers from evercare state that using and keeping up with the newest technology trends helps to keep brain cells young and healthy and ensures we are socially engaged.

Have a baby later in life: falling pregnant naturally after age 40 is a great sign showing that you have genes that help you live longer according to a lead researcher at the university of UTAH. Findings show that those who have babies later in life are almost 15% less likely to die during any age after 50 than those who had babies before age 40.

Take more holidays: according to cutting down on your leisure time can increase the risk of having heart disease eightfold, due to the lack of downtime away from the stress and strains of work.

Lie in: getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night is imperative to the healing process and longevity of cells, however most do not get this, which severely hinders daily cell processes.

Drink a little wine:
drinking a small glass of wine each day could help protect your heart by raising levels of good cholesterol. A million person study revealed that light drinkers had an 18% lower death rate than those that didn't drink over the course of the study.

Laugh: How you respond to stress is a key factor in life expectancy. Research from the New England centenarian study revealed that those born with a sunny disposition deal better with stress, thereby increasing their chances of seeing their 100th birthday.

What happens to your body when you drink a Coca-Cola

  • In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor, allowing you to keep it down.
  • 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (And there’s plenty of that at this particular moment.)
  • 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate; your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.
  • 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
  • > 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
  • > 60 minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water.
  • > 60 minutes: As the rave inside you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system, or building strong bones and teeth.