• 50 ways to live longer and stay healthy

50 ways to beat the reaper

We’ve been told that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. But just as creative accountants assist with the taxman, we can help you outrun the reaper. Okay, it’s a game you can’t ultimately win, but by following these 50 tips, you sure as hell can send it into extra time.

1 Drink at least five 250-millilitre glasses of water a day
US scientists at Loma Linda University found that men who drank this amount of H2O were 54 per cent less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack than those who drank two glasses or less every day.
2 Take a laugh break
Watching 15 minutes of funny video can improve bloodflow to your heart by 50 per cent, report researchers at the University of Maryland in the US. “This may reduce blood-clot formation, cholesterol deposition and inflammation,” says study author Dr Michael Miller.
3 Don’t go to work sick
Over a three-year period, men who clocked in despite feeling ill had double the heart-attack risk of guys who stayed in bed, according to a study in the British Medical Journal.
4 Put out the fire in your chest
Untreated heartburn can lead to a heart attack, according to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology. Scientists discovered that as acid levels in the oesophagus rise, the incidence of blocked bloodflow to the heart also rises by 20 per cent. A natural remedy: analyse your diet. Don’t make a habit of drinking too much wine, fruit juice or carbonated beverages, all of which are highly acidic and may trigger heartburn.
5 Say no to Fruit Loops
In a review of 53 studies, University of Sydney researchers found that regularly eating cereal made from refined grains raises insulin and C-reactive protein levels, and lowers good cholesterol – all factors that boost your odds of developing heart disease. A better choice for your morning bowl: Weet-Bix, which is made from 97 per cent organic wholegrain wheat and contains little sugar.

Apr 13, 2010

50 ways to live longer and stay healthy

It’s simple: employ these scientific strategies now and add years of good living to your future.