17 Simple Ways to Live a Longer and Healthier Life

There are some basic things we can do to increase the chances of living and longer and more quality life. There are people who obsess over this stuff. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth spending a whole ton of time nitpicking over. So I grabbed info from the people who do obsess. Here is what they recommend to improve your quality and length of life. Much was summarized from this reddit post.

 

  • Cut out all refined sugar. Refined sugars make you unhealthy. Source

 

 

  •  Get 300min/week of vigorous exercise because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 39%, based on this scientific review which included 80 scientific studies and 1.3m participants

 

  • Don’t smoke because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 40%, based on this scientific review which included 7 scientific studies and 1.1m participants.

 

  • Drink ~4 glasses/week of alcohol because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 11%, based on this scientific review which included 87 scientific studies and 4m participants. Don’t do this if you have liver problems. 

 

  • Eat 7 servings/week of nuts because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 20%, based on this scientific review which included 2 scientific studies and 175k participants.

 

  • Eat 6 servings/day of fruit/veggies because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 26%, based on this scientific review which included 16 scientific studies and 800k participants.

 

  • Eat 4-5 servings/day of whole grain because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 24%, based on this scientific review which included 45 scientific studies and 700k participants.

 

  • Don’t eat processed meat because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 35%, based on this scientific review which included 6 scientific studies and 925k participants.

 

  • Limit all meat consumption, especially if you don’t have a perfect healthy lifestyle. Source

 

  • Drink 1 coffee/day because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 8%, based on this scientific review which included 21 scientific studies and 1m participants.

 

  • Sit ~4h/day because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 29% (vs. sitting 12h/day), based on this scientific review which included 6 scientific studies and 600k participants.

 

  • There’s also this scientific review which included 35 scientific studies and 1.5m participants showing that sleeping 7h/night is associated with a 20% lower mortality risk but I can’t function properly without 8-9h/night.

 

  • Take some good quality fish oil (Nordic Naturals). Source

 

  • Take some regular Vitamin D to get up to 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter blood levels (70% of the U.S. has gets too little Vitamin D.) Source

 

  •  Don’t text and drive. Distracted driving causes 20% of all accidents. Source