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How to maximise longevity in life?

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Every individual on Earth has been destined to live with a specific lifespan potential, such as 50, 60, or even 100 years.

We can’t control genetics, but taking positive steps towards wellbeing can surely increase the probability of living a longer and healthier life. This way, they are able to prolong their life expectancy by 10-20%.

We need right breathing techniques for an optimal health, such as decreasing the number of breaths per minute. Lesser numbers of breaths increase the oxygen delivery to vital organs, decreases heart rate and relaxes us. Rapid and shallow breathing makes us sluggish.

An example of to prove this is as follows: Dogs take in 10-35 breaths per minute. This chaotic and shallow breathing can cause anxiety issues and hyperventilation. On the other hand, tortoises live up to 400 years, since they breathe only 3-4 times per minute, that is, almost 40 times less than that of dogs, and 4 times less than human beings. This improves their energy levels and their body gets the chance to regenerate, and heal. Hence, the lifespan of a tortoise is 40 times more than a dog, and 4 times more than a human being.

On the contrary, certain activities might be shortening your lifespan by about 50% and causing serious impacts on your health. This activities and habits have led to a life expectancy drop.

American life expectancy has fallen by one-tenth of a year since 2014, from 78.9 to 78.8, according to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics. The overall death rate has risen by 1.2 percent.

Some simple changes in your life can make you significantly improve your life and help you age gracefully:

1. Pranayama

Pranayama is a yogic discipline originated from ancient India, which is translated as “extension of the Prana (breath or life force)”.

It comprises of a set of breathing techniques to extend your breath. Pranayama teaches us how to change the depth, rate, and pattern of breathing.

“When the breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the breath is still, so is the mind still.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Pranayama positively affects our mind and is beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders, relieving asthma, improving our cardiorespiratory system. Practicing pranayama regularly can assist in steady mind and enhance our perception towards life.

Practicing pranayama in early morning is a great start for the day, especially outside in fresh air.

2. Yoga

“Yoga is not just exercise and asanas. It is the emotional integration and spiritual elevation with a touch of a mystic element, which gives you a glimpse of something beyond all imagination.” – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices, which together units the body, mind, and breath. Postures, pranayama, and meditation together make a holistic fitness package. Needless to say, regular practice of yoga improves health, helps in weight loss, lowers blood sugar and gives mental and physical strength.

Yoga is also useful for calming a disturbed mind. As we quieten our mind, we are likely to live longer and healthier.

3. Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism is the practice of avoiding consumption of the flesh of any animal, and sometimes the by-products of animal slaughter.

Most people think that the vegetarian diets are devoid of the proteins and the fats that the animal meat possess. But that’s not true. A vegetarian person with proper eating habits is protected from diseases like cancer, chronic fatigue, cholesterol problems and diabetes.

Since the vegetarian foods are rich in fiber and antioxidants and low cholesterol and fats, thus, reducing cardiovascular problems and obesity.

Devoid of all the bad fat and cholesterol, people who thrive on the vegetarian foods tend to live longer and healthier.

The meat and the fishes contain toxic materials, which don’t get removed even after heating and cooking. Hence nonvegetarian foods are tainted with the chemicals that are extremely harmful to the body.

4. Eat less, live longer

Yes, along with weight loss, eating less benefits your life in much more ways than you can imagine.

Less calorie, fried and cholesterol-laden foods intake is extremely beneficial for our hormones. This also works towards faster regeneration of new, tighter tissues and slower aging of the skin. Also, the digestion is directed at maximizing nutrient absorption and minimal storage of unwanted calories as fat, thus increasing the metabolic rate.

A lot of diseases are caused due to inflammations in the body when the body is unable to get rid of the toxins found in food. This happens when the digestive system can’t function properly due to the participation of many organs. Since the toxins are not filtered out properly, they are released into the bloodstream, inducing diseases. This can reduce the body’s immune power too.

5. Learn to happy

Researchers link wellbeing and a positive outlook to a longer life. After accounting for factors such as depression, physical health, and wealth, it has been found that that the happiest people are more than a third less likely to die.

Happiness brings a feeling of calm and composure in the mind of a person. It boosts motivation, productivity, creativity, energy, health, and resiliency. Hence, such people can handle their problems more effectively without creating an unnecessary fuss and have a lesser risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Hence, it is advised to live a happy life and be true to yourself.

6. Control your anger

People nowadays find it extremely hard to deal with their anger and end up blowing situations out of proportions. They don’t know how to deal with their feelings effectively.

Anger is said to be one of the biggest enemies of a human being’s body. It can have serious consequences on our body increasing stress and blood pressure.

Anger can impair our judgment, make us prone to making mistakes and thus, cause us to lose out on our valued relationships. Hence, it is best to learn to control one’s anger and learn to channelize it in better, constructive ways. This will turn you into someone who is approachable and easy to talk to, without giving out sudden outbursts of anger.

7. Exercise regularly

The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are intensely profound. No matter what your age is, exercise can provide you with some serious physical and mental benefits.

Be it maintaining weight loss, preventing high blood pressure, reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases, boost your endurance or improve your self-esteem, exercising does it all.

Scientists advise teens to devote at least 60 minutes for vigorous physical activity each day. It ensures to keep mental health problems like anxiety and depression in check.

Working out doesn’t always mean crashing at the gym. Use self-confidence to motivate yourself and exercise on a regular basis.

8. Sleep properly

An extra hour of sleep can benefit your life a lot. There is a direct link between insufficient sleep and some serious health problems, such as heart diseases, diabetes, and obesity.

Every healthy person is recommended 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Anything less than that can make you exhausted and lessen your emotional regulation, impairs your cognition, attention, and decision-making. It also makes you more vulnerable to infections.

This insufficient sleep can be as detrimental to both your physical and mental health.

9. Learn to be aligned with nature

Nature is like an air purifier which you absolutely need in your neighborhood, which nicely permeates it with fresh oxygen.

This oxygen-rich environment helps in stress reduction, improves brain functioning, boosting our attention. This is one of those little things, which can freshen and heal our mind, body, and soul.

Hence, being aligned with nature teaches us to show it the respect it deserves.

10. Ayurveda

Since ancient times, Ayurveda has been known to be an invaluable path to natural healing and harmonizing the mind, body, and spirit.

The primary goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to help people live healthy lives without requiring painful surgeries or prescription drugs, by promoting a balanced body-specific diet, meditation, yoga and various herbal remedies to heal multiple health problems.

Unlike allopathy, Ayurvedic products are extremely environment-friendly and free of chemicals. They have no side effects such as hair loss, weakness, allergies, etc.

Ayurveda has always been a divine gift due to its exceptional health benefits, be it reducing stress, cleansing the body, keeping the skin radiant, maintaining hormonal balance or curing chronic diseases by its deep-rooted treatment procedures.