Is our day-to-day behavior playing a pivot role in determining our longevity. Aside from environmental toxins that we unwillingly are exposed to we do have some control over other chemicals substance like – drugs, alcohol, food preservatives etc.

There are however a few factors that are making us age more quickly that we bet you haven’t’ thought of, here are 7 topics that must be brought to your attention.

Sleep

We can all understand the toll taken on our body when we don’t get appropriate amount of rest. Bad mood and physical grogginess is much easier to observe from lack of sleep but, inflammation is also a result of consistently not getting enough rest.

Along with triggering inflammation, lack of sleep also tampers with your metabolism and compromises your immune system. Most importantly, studies have shown that lack of sleep is a top tier contender for the reasons behind heart disease – and also in triggering allergies and asthma. Interestingly, consistently sleeping more than what is required also impacts your body negatively – try to hit 6-8 hours each day!

“Several studies have shown that both short and long sleep duration are associated with negative health outcomes, as well as all-cause mortality. Two recent meta-analyses of population based studies examining the relationship between sleep duration and all cause mortality reported a 10% and 12% increased all-cause-mortality in individuals with habitual short sleep duration. These same two meta-analyses found increased mortality associated with long sleep 23% and 30%, respectively.”

Allergies

Allergies are always a sign of inflammation – if they are severe, it means that you’re probably suffering from chronic inflammation. Experts recommend testing yourself for allergies in order to detect hidden allergies you might not be aware of.

Late retirement

The beauty of modern technology and science has allowed mankind to extend its lifespan. Keeping this in mind, many people choose to not retire well into their 70’s instead of the usual 60s. The results of a study conducted by Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) showed that:

– Retirement decreases the likelihood of being in very ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ self-assessed health by about 40 percent
– Retirement increases the probability of suffering from clinical depression by about 40 per cent
– Retirement increases the probability of having at least one diagnosed physical condition by about 60 per cent
– Retirement increases the probability of taking a drug for such a condition by about 60 per cent.

The trick to staying healthy is reaming active and busy. This necessarily does not have to mean that you maintain your job. Travelling is one great way to keep the body and mind in check. Another great idea is to perhaps earn another degree or take classes! Adopting new hobbies will also help with this purpose. Bottom line, keep yourself occupied, and if you do feel depressed yet physically capable, then perhaps looking for a simpler second career may be ideal.

Weight

Not being able to fit into your favorite outfit should be last on your list of the side effects of being overweight. While being on the higher end of your recommended BMI isn’t all too bad, tipping over that point is. Once you are in the obese category, you are at risk for a huge list of ailments – a list we are quite sure most of you are familiar with. But just to throw some names at you, here are some illnesses that are caused from being obese: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease, kidney disease, and pregnancy problems. Check out this article to expand your understanding on the topic.

Headphones and speakers damage your hearing

You may not think much of it, but standing too close to speakers at concerts can damage your hearing and make you age faster. Listening to music through headphones can damage it as well – in order to protect your hearing, you need to listen to the music at a respectable level.

Loneliness

It is easy to expect that feeling lonely can create depression and stress, but it also influences the blood pressure and immune system and can be the root of heart attacks and strokes. This situation is exponentially worse for those at older ages.

A study states that loneliness, or social isolation, is as hazardous to your overall wellbeing as being obese. “Not only are we at the highest recorded rate of living alone across the entire century, but we’re at the highest recorded rates ever on the planet,” says Brigham Young University psychology researcher and co-author of the study, Tim Smith. Their study showed that loneliness increased a person’s risk of death by 26 percent. More details on the study can be found here.

Love is quite a crucial component of our wellbeing and sometimes imposing your presence on people who want to stay away from the world or are socially different is necessary.

Processed Carbs & Fake Food

We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” The quality of the foods you eat is a quintessential factor in maintaining your health; your diet really is everything! Fast-food, junk food, sugary food, processed foods – you know what is good for you and what is not.

Aside from gaining weight, certain questionable ingredients in packaged foods have raised numerous concerns ranging from cancers to organ failures – how they manage to be labelled “safe” is beyond us. You have to realize that food isn’t just calorie; all foods metabolize differently therefore quality of the ingredients matter significantly! Aside from completely avoiding hazardous foods, do your very best to stick to grass-fed animal products and organic produce also; for whatever reason, if you cannot access the organic fruits and veggies, then buying conventional ones is okay – just make sure to clean them thoroughly for harsh pesticides!

It is also highly encouraged that you adopt a regular exercise regimen also!