1 AnswerDr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND , Naturopathic Medicine, answeredOverall, it seems marriage helps a person live longer. But interestingly, the research is somewhat mixed and seems to suggest marriage is better for the man than for the woman. Possibly, it is thought this could be because men may engage in more risky behavior as a single person than a woman would.
According to one study sampling over 66,000 people, the death rate for people who were unmarried was significantly higher than it was for those who were married and living with their spouses.
But, much research suggests that generally, men may live longer when married - although, some studies have shown that married men tend to gain weight, which will have a negative impact on health.
2 AnswersDr. Joel H. Fuhrman, MD , Family Medicine, answeredIt is not any one specific food, but a combination of all the health-promoting, high-nutrient plant foods – leafy greens, beans, fruits, etc. that slows the aging process and protects us from disease. The accumulation of oxidative damage over time is known to be a significant contributor to biological aging, and oxidative damage is limited by eating plenty of antioxidant-rich produce.
Also critically important is not to overeat on calories. There is substantial evidence that caloric restriction in animals dramatically prolongs lifespan, and also that excess weight in humans diminishes lifespan.
I discuss my list of recommended Super Foods in my book Super Immunity; they are called G-BOMBS: greens, beans, onions (and garlic), mushrooms, berries (and pomegranate) and seeds (and nuts). The health benefits of these foods are supported by plentiful scientific research; they help to prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that age the body and cause premature deaths. When you follow a healthy eating style focused on these foods, you will be getting a huge quantity and variety of phytochemicals, and you will be eating for superior health.
2 AnswersNational Academy of Sports Medicine answered
According to the Okinawa Centenarian Study, life expectancy is influenced by a number of factors of which include genetics, diet (eating fewer calories), regular physical activity, moderate alcohol use, avoidance of smoking, and a psycho-spiritual outlook that helps to minimize stress.
2 AnswersAlmost every study of longevity indicates one secret that makes people healthier and happier: Helping others. Some research shows a 60 percent decrease in mortality figures among those who help others; they're aided by what's called the "helper's high."
Specifically, it's the dignity, the joy, the passion, and the purpose of helping others -- whether it's helping another person quit smoking, or building a person in need a home, or mentoring a child at school -- that have these beneficial effects.
Helping others inspires gratitude for what life has given you, and this is what really turbo-charges your happiness -- and helps you define your own purpose in life. After all, the real secret may be realizing that true peace isn't about being happy, giddy, and feeling like you're charged up on Red Bull all the time. It's about slowing down enough to realize that you have a lot of gifts -- gifts that you should be passing along to others.
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1 AnswerLisa Oz , Health Education, answered
You want to be healthy, but you do not want to obsess over it. Being preoccupied with your own wellness just makes you self-absorbed, which is death to your relationships. Creating a life full of vitality does not have to be all-consuming. Basically, I think it boils down to three things. The first is awareness. Total health involves being conscious of what you are doing, why you are doing it, and the consequences of those actions. Living on autopilot may help you survive, but it will never get you to thrive. For that, you need to make your lifestyle choices with deliberate thought and intention.
The second essential is action. You may know what to do, but actually making the change is what counts. The latest health information does nothing to improve your body if it stays in your head.
The third element for health is purpose. You need a motivation for what you do - in regard to your health and in life in general. As Mehmet likes to put it, "Give your heart a reason to keep beating." Wellness can not be the goal in and of itself. Why do you want to be healthy? What is the point of having a strong, fit body if it is not used for something worthwhile? Be well so you can be of greater service, so you can love more completely, and so you can fulfill that destiny which is uniquely yours.
3 AnswersThere's recent data on how to take a licking' and keep on ticking'. Like the old Timex watch commercials, the key to longevity is resilience—the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity, such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a job. For about 20% of us (some research shows the numbers are higher) it comes naturally: You're glad to get back into of the swing of life pretty quickly and feel stronger for having weathered the storm. For others, bouncing back is a long, slow slog through the blues until you come out the other side.
Fortunately, everyone can learn how to gain the health benefits of resilience: less stress, lower risk of heart disease, and less depression and anxiety. Here are three ways you can strengthen your ability to bounce back:
- Cultivate an optimistic outlook. This is an important part of being resilient. Daily meditation can help you to look on the bright side and say bye to the stress that causes grumpiness.
- Keep your body strong and limber. How? Eat a diet powered by lean protein and lots of veggies, fruits and 100% whole grains. When you feel physically strong, your self-esteem increases. That's another vital part of resilience.
- Nurture your social connections. They provide security and love, and help keep emotions on an even keel. As blood pressure decreases, ability to cope goes up.