Wednesday, 27 March 2013

BODY & SOUL: Expert tips to add years to your life, gain energy, and feel great

More and more research, says Cheryl Forberg, coauthor of The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jumpstart, suggests that what we eat is linked to how long we live. To this end, adopting smart and healthier habits are helping the happiest people add years to their lives. Below, these three tips, courtesy of Prevention, can help you do just that. 

>> Have a daily dose of omega-3s: 
Getting the recommended amount can help lower cholesterol, keep cells functioning properly, and combat inflammation, which reduces your risk of cancer, stroke and heart attack. 

>> Eat antioxidants every four hours: 
These nutrients slow the aging process by protecting our cells from harmful free radicals. Vibrantly coloured fruits and veggies are loaded with these disease-fighting substances. 

>> Double your fibre: 
It may help protect against cancer and keep blood sugar levels steady and promote heart health. In fact, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, every additional 10g of dietary fibre consumed daily reduces the risk of death from coronary heart disease by up to 17%. 

WHY DON'T YOU: Give Back 
Research shows that people who volunteer in their communities have better health and feel good about themselves. So make an impact in your own backyard: Help a friend's kid with his homework, pick up trash to keep your neighbourhood clean, or donate some your free time to a charitable organisation in your neighbourhood.




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