10 Foods That Help You Live Longer
Doesn’t living until you’re 120 sound amazing? The problem is that it also sounds impossible. Apart from one or two lucky folk, most people have a life expectancy of about 79 years.
Which isn’t very much at all when you think about it. It isn’t even 80. Boo!
The thing is, though, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you live a bit longer. And one of the easiest things you can do to preserve your life and enjoy a brand new series on Netflix that you would otherwise miss is to eat healthier foods. So let’s check out 10 of the best foods that help you live longer.
1. Dark Chocolate
Yup, it’s true; the key to longevity is not exercise, a Mediterranean diet and happiness – it’s chocolate!
More accurately, dark chocolate. Although many people tell us that chocolate is bad for us, the reality is that dark chocolate, when consumed in moderation, is actually very good for us.
Rich in antioxidants that reduce your risk of heart disease, dark chocolate thereby minimises your chances of dying from the biggest killer in the western world. The best thing? All you need is one solitary square each day!
2. Oily Fish
Apart from folk living in the so-called Blue Zones, Japanese people who live in Japan have the best life expectancy in the whole wide world. One of the reasons for this is because they have a diet that is centred around not meat, but fish.
As well as sushi, oily fish is very good for longevity. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, oily fish reduces your risk of developing heart disease, cancer, whilst giving your immune system a timely boost. Moreover, oily fish is also a fab source of vitamins A and D, and can minimise the risk of stroke.
3. Green Tea
As well as fish, the Japanese love green tea. So, too, do the health-obsessed Chinese. This is because green tea comes with an array of health benefits that are the key to a longer life. It can lower the risk of heart disease, better regulate your blood pressure, and it can also reduce your risk of developing cancer.
Research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that Japanese people who drink up to five cups of green tea a day have a death rate that is an incredible 16% lower than people who drink just one.
Apples are loaded with powerful antioxidants that help to combat harmful free radicals. They’re also rich in fibre and pectin. So it’s true: an apple a day keeps both the doctor and the ageing process away.
Allegedly, we humans share 50% of our DNA with the funny-looking yellow fruit. Perhaps this is why bananas hold the key to (almost) eternal life.
Rich in potassium, magnesium and folate, the world’s most popular fruit (unofficially) helps to fight high blood pressure, and minimises the risk of stroke. It can also prevent heart disease and cancer. Easy to find at your local supermarket, there is no excuse for omitting bananas from your diet. Get on it.
We, at Beauty And Tips, are constantly championing nuts, and this is because of the brilliant health benefits that they bring.
Moreover, they’re varied, super tasty, and so conveniently sized that you can snack on them whilst watching your favourite movie.
The best thing about nuts, though, is that just a handful a day is enough to ensure that you live a little bit longer. They also reduce your risk of developing cancer, respiratory disease, as well as heart disease. Be careful with the nuts you choose to eat, though, as some are loaded with more calories than others.
Blueberries are a super food, and it’s no surprise. Not only do they look totally amazing, but they’re so rich in antioxidants and polyphenols that they can actually help you to live forever.
Or close enough.
Indeed, blueberries are so good for longevity that they can minimise your risk of death by a whopping 30%. This doesn’t mean that they will completely eliminate all possibility that you will ever die, but if you reach 155, we can only advise that you keep on snacking on those blueberries. They’re powerful! (It’s preferable to buy blueberries organic.)
Coffee has a good reputation and a bad reputation. Those in the “coffee is great” camp recommend it because it makes you more alert in the morning and ready to seize the day.
Those in the “coffee is the root of all evil” camp will tell you that too much caffeine can make you fuzzy and anxious, and that its energy boosts will eventually come with a nasty crash.
But what no one can deny is the fact that a few cups of Joe cut your risk of developing skin cancer by a huge 21%. And because skin cancer is fast becoming a devastating killer, this is a fact that shouldn’t be ignored.
9. Fresh Fruit
This probably comes as no surprise, yet you will be surprised at the amount of people who admit that they eat little to no fruit.
If you’re one of them, it’s time to get clued up on the positive effects fruit can have on your staying power. Loaded with a wealth of nutrients, fruit is essential to a longer life. Even better, colourful fruits are doubly powerful, thanks to their bright shade’s ability to reduce your risk of cancer.
And if you say that you don’t like fruit, all we can say to that is that you probably haven’t even checked out the best there is to offer. I mean, come on, there is more to fruit life than an orange and a pear. Seriously.
10. Sweet Potato
Sweet potato is not given the prefix “sweet” for nothing. It’s so sweet that it helps you live a longer life.
This is another food that the Japanese can’t get enough of, particularly folk who live in Okinawa. In this part of the world the residents have the longest life expectancy on the planet, and this is largely down to the fact that they eat so much sweet potato. They should be your heroes.
Stay happy and healthy!