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Over the years, the human lifespan has significantly declined. For example, the life expectancy in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is 54.5 years for both men and women as at 2016.

 

Lifestyle Changes

 

However, there is a possibility that you can live longer than the recommended age of the WHO. The secret is to make certain lifestyle changes. Here are some of the changes you can make if you want to live until 100 (or more).

Stop eating junk

Many of us eat junk food. This is probably because you don’t have time to prepare a proper meal. The fact is eating these junk food have a negative effect on your health. Some of the health effects of junk or processed foods include diabetes and heart diseases. You should eat more fruits and vegetables. They not only help you live long, they make you look good.

Run away from alcohol

Alcohol has always being fingered as a major source of health problems. This is why you are encouraged to do away with alcohol. You may not feel the immediate impact of your incessant alcohol intake, but it gradually cuts your lifespan. If you have an alcohol problem, you should seek help.

Quit smoking

There is no gainsaying that inhaling smoke can damage your lungs. Despite this, the number of smokers is rising daily and even the recession has stopped many from buying packs of cigarettes. They ignore the instruction that smokers are liable to die young. A combination of alcohol and cigarettes can adversely affect your health.

Don’t skip sleep

Sleep is very important to reinvigorate your life. So, if you are one of those who rarely sleep, it is advisable you stop this now and have a good nap. Lack of sleep can lead to depression and deterioration in overall performance. So, try to get few hours of good sleep every day. Whatever it is you are losing sleep over, you will probably be more effective to fix it after a good, refreshing nap. Honestly, it works.

Stop worrying

With the Nigeria’s growing rate of recession, many people are very worried about a lot of things. The fact is your worry can’t change anything. Worrying can lead to high blood pressure. Even if you have to worry, it should not affect your wellbeing.

Avoiding the Doctor

This is peculiar to the majority of us. If there is nothing wrong with us, we won’t visit the doctor. Ironically, when some persons are ill, they prefer to check in with their pastor instead of a doctor. A pastor is not a doctor. So, you should make it a point of duty to always visit your doctor intermittently. This will help in early detection of any ailment or disease.

Written by Damilola Faustino

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