The source of eternal youth, the legendary spring, the water of which could instantly stop the aging process, has eluded scientists for centuries.
Most likely, he will forever remain in children's fairy tales and Hollywood films. Nevertheless, researchers are in constant search of real means to increase life expectancy.
Of course, our advice will not bring your youth back. However (and this has been established by science) they will help improve health and, in some cases, prolong life for several years.
Of course, if you have a lot of money, then you will be able to pay for the best medical care, food and a personal trainer to get you in shape. However, the rich, as it turned out, also have a high content of a special hormone - the key to life expectancy.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) is a steroid produced in the adrenal glands and brain. This hormone has many beneficial benefits such as improved memory, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and longer life expectancy, especially in men.
Scientists from University College London have found that wealthier people have higher DHEA levels.
Chat with a lot of women
A group of researchers from Harvard University found that those men who grew up surrounded by a small number of women died earlier than those who grew up among many of the fair sex.
A high female-to-male ratio increases the likelihood of a man finding a lifelong partner and getting married, which is known to have a positive effect on health, the study said.
Move to an island in Greece
The Greek island of Ikaria in the north of the Aegean is home to the largest proportion of 90 year olds in the world. Here, almost a third of the population has crossed this impressive milestone.
The study links the islanders' unusually long lifespan to the mountainous terrain, which requires daily exercise, and a healthy diet of olive oil and herbal teas.
Red wine, to be precise. A substance called resveratrol has been found in the skin of red grapes, which has the ability to protect the body against aging, as well as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes.
Have sex more often
Regular sex will add a few years to your life. Researchers at Queen's University Belfast surveyed 1, 000 middle-aged men over 10 years and found that those who have frequent orgasms have twice the life expectancy of those who do not.
In addition to giving your teeth additional protection from tooth decay, regular flossing reduces your chances of getting heart disease, according to doctors from the Department of Periodontology at Western Reserve University.
Regular oral care prevents gum disease that can lead to inflammation. Which in turn can allow disease-causing bacteria to enter the bloodstream and increase the risk of getting heart disease.
A study by George Washington University and the National Endowment for the Arts found that choral singers felt healthier, had fewer visits to doctors, and were less depressed than controls.
Scientists at the University of London have also found that singing relieves tension by releasing endorphins and has physical benefits by training the heart, lungs, back and abdominal muscles.
Let off steam
It's no secret that containing aggression can lead to unwanted stress. Therefore, it is not unusual for the release of pent-up anger to relieve the pressure on the heart.
Researchers at Stockholm University found that men who regularly vent their anger are half as likely to have a heart attack or die of serious heart disease.
As controversial as it sounds, being overweight can actually help extend the lives of older adults, according to a study by Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon.
Observation of 11, 326 adults over 12 years showed that those who are overweight are 17 percent less likely to die than those who do not have such problems.
Women who devote up to 17 hours a week to household chores such as cleaning, cooking and doing laundry have an almost 30 percent lower risk of breast cancer, according to the British Cancer Research Center.
After studying more than 200, 000 women for 6 years, scientists found that moderate exercise in housework protects against cancer much better than other forms of regular exercise.
Get a cat
Researchers at the Minneapolis Institute for the Study of Stroke have found that cats inherently relieve tension and anxiety, potentially reducing the risk of heart attack by 30 percent.
However, it’s not only about the infinite love of cats that helps cat owners avoid cardiovascular diseases, which are caused by stress. Rumbling, surprisingly, produces vibrations in frequencies that relieve pain, improve bone and muscle growth, and promote wound healing.