Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How to Live to 100



At work, I write stories for a health channel I created called How to Live to 100. Having done a tonne of research on health, I thought I'd summarise my findings in this post, along with links to evidence. So, to have the best chance of living to 100...

1. Don't eat meat. Seriously: Harvard says a third of early deaths could be prevented by giving up meat.

2. If you really want to live a long life, give up all animal products and become vegan. Animal products are really bad for you. (Except for honey. Honey's good for you.)

3. Do the following:

- don't smoke (of course)
- drink very little alcohol (preferably red wine) or none at all
- exercise five days a week for 30 minutes to an hour each time
- sleep seven hours a night
- sunbathe
- drink coffee
- drink loads of green tea - 4+ cups a day
- have plenty of friends and close relationships
- eat loads of fruit and veg
- maintain a normal BMI
- get and stay happily married

I fall down on the last two and I sleep a whopping ten hours a night, but I do all the rest.

Of course, if you get hit by a bus (even an atheist bus), none of this will matter! But it's probably wise to live healthily and assume you won't.

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