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The secrets to enjoying longer and healthier lives

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The answer as to how to live a long and healthy life is often debated, as many people speculate and wonder what the true secrets are. Recently, Susan Saunders and Annabel Streets, authors of The Age Well Project: Easy Ways to a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life, believe they have solved the mystery.

Both authors have illnesses in their family that occur at a young age, which made them determined to do everything in their power to increase their chances of ageing well, leading them to their extensive research. The pair blogged about their findings for five years before releasing their book, which aims to help older people, who may even rely on a curved stair lift, and young people alike. Susan and Annabel are in their 50s and say have never been in better health.

In a recent article, published in The Guardian, Susan and Annabel reveal some of their suggested secrets to living longer and healthier. One of their suggestions is to enjoy a cup of coffee, they explain that it is rich in antioxidants that may help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. They mention that the positive side to drinking coffee is weakened when milk is added, so it’s best to take it black and without sugar.

Another one of Susan and Annabel’s suggestions is to exercise in a green space. They expand that the phytoncides that trees produce may help lower your blood pressure, depressive symptoms, and stress levels whilst boosting your immune system. It is suggested that the benefits can occur after just a 15-minute walk in nature.

A way to increase the longevity of your life which may seem surprising is to read books. Although you’re most often seated or lying down when reading, a study conducted by Yale University suggests that reading 30 minutes or more a day is beneficial, commenting that it is also great to fall asleep to. This is linked to another one of their points, that it’s helpful to keep learning well into old age, whether that involves arts and crafts, puzzles, learning a new hobby or other ways.

Susan and Annabel continue to say, as published in The Guardian, that it is crucial that older people make a conscious effort to maintain and create friendships. Social isolation is linked to dementia, heart disease, stroke and depression, so creating bonds with others, chatting to them and even helping them can boost your chances of living a longer and healthier life.

The Guardian reveals Susan and Annabel’s other secrets, as listed below:

  • Look to your ancestors for answers
  • Walk faster
  • Fast everyday
  • Build muscle
  • Work longer
  • Take a nap
  • Avoid pollution
  • Use olive oil
  • Support immunity
  • Add turmeric
  • Meditate
  • Eat more fibre
  • Avoid blue light in the evenings
  • Look after your eyes
  • Cultivate optimism

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