Contributed by Carol K.
Healthy Living (2)

People are living longer. All you have to do is look around you to see that. In a recent commercial (“Age Stickers”) for Prudential, they represented the aging population using stickers that dramatically visualized this phenomenon. While it is all well and good to live longer, our quality of life is dramatically improved when we are healthy.  Here are some things that can help us all live long, healthy lives.

Eat Nuts.  Nuts are super healthy and eating a handful a day increases your cardiovascular health.

Floss daily.  Making this a part of your dental routine eliminates bacteria build-up in your mouth that can get into your blood stream and cause inflammation, increasing your risk of strokes and heart disease.

Don’t smoke. We all know about this one, no need to go into details.

Embrace new technology. Keep your brain cells young and healthy by learning new things whether it is how to use an iPad or taking up sculpting.

Take vacations. If you work all the time and do not take time off, your stress levels will remain high increasing your chances of a heart attack.  Taking time off can relax you and put your life in perspective.

Rest. Sleeping restores our cells and helps us heal our bodies.  Without the proper amount of sleep, your body won’t heal as well and rejuvenation will be lost.

Be Outgoing. People who socialize and have strong support systems are 50% less likely to develop dementia due to lower levels of Cortisol, a stress hormone.

Laugh. Laughing eases stress.  If you are able to laugh it off instead of dwelling on the bad parts of life, you will life longer.

What tips do you follow to live a long, healthy life? We invite you to share your ideas in the comment box below.