Everyone’s always searching for how to be the healthiest version of themselves. You know, that one cure-all, be-all; the magic answer to living a long, wonderful, healthy life.
Lots of people in their elder years get asked what the secret is, and honestly, some of their answers are pretty funny.
Betty White, who’s 97, credits her long life to vodka and hot dogs. This 96-year-old woman says high heels and makeup is the answer. And this 109-year-old woman said avoiding men was the secret. Ha!
That’s all well and dandy and maybe that works for these people, but unfortunately there’s no real science behind those theories.
So what could you actually do to extend your life span—something you know is pretty legit?
There’s actually a few easy ways to do it, according to Dr. Oz. The scholar recently came forward with three solid tips to help you live longer—ones that are totally simple and attainable.
3 easy ways to live longer
The first tip Dr. Oz mentions is simply watching your diet. A tried and true tip, classic and simple. Since there are tons of ways to do this, he clarified that he means swapping high-sugar foods with vegetables for most of your meals.
The American Heart Association recommends the total amount of added sugars in a day should equate to a maximum of 150 calories (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons) for men and 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons) for women. And yet, many of us are well over this.
Dr. Oz says to also watch your simple carbs, as they can cause you to overeat, as well as saturated fat, like certain meats.
Second tip: Pay attention to your blood pressure. Unfortunately it’s one of the parts of our health that we tend to ignore the most. Your ideal blood pressure is under 120/80, and anything over that he says, can age you approximately 12 years or even more, and can contribute to signs of age such as wrinkles.
Be sure to get a check-up from your doctor at least annually so that they can keep an eye on this number.
His last tip was to simply be happy. Easier said than done, we know, but Dr. Oz says stress is one of the biggest contributors to age. In fact, certain stressors can age you up to six years!
Everyone gets stressed from time to time, but being able to handle it is what’s key. Keep a journal to keep your emotions in tact or take up meditation, which can help reduce stress levels. It’s also great if you have a strong support system of friends and family by your side.
Dr. Oz says the biggest stress factors that can age you are in terms of relationships, so he advises you to really work at a strong relationship with your partner.
If you don’t have a partner, make an effort to join groups or clubs, like a religious group or a sewing class to meet other people with a shared interest.
What do you think the secret to living longer is? Will you try any of these tips?