Death is something that all of us abhor. However, death is evitable. The one who is born has to die. The only question is when. Even though we have to die, we still think about living long. Living never satisfies us, we want to live more and more.
Is it possible to live longer?
Eastern religions, especially Hinduism, have always vouched for eternal life. The Hindu theologies brim with stories of sages who lived eternally. Hinduism has propounded various systems that are said to give eternal life to the mortals. While rational minds might sweep way these methods as irrational, modern Hindu gurus still emphasizes long life is absolutely possible.
Interestingly, scientists have also given us an answer on how to live a long life. There has been a lot of research on people who lived long, and this researches have drawn a conclusion about how people can actually long.
5 Simple Ways to Live Longer According to Science
According to science, we might be able to live a long life, however, with bad food choices and unhealthy lifestyle we cut years from our life. After years of research on the correlation between food and lifespan and lifestyle and lifespan, scientists have drawn a conclusion. Here is the gist of the findings.
Avoid Diabetes and Heart Disease
More people die from diabetes and heart disease than from any other disease. Therefore, in order to live longer, you need to avoid getting diabetes and heart disease. Diabetes and heart disease are basically lifestyle diseases. If you eat unhealthy food and practice an unhealthy lifestyle, you surely get diabetes and heart disease. So how do you avoid diabetes and heart disease? The basic thing is to avoid eating too many carbs and fatty foods. You also need to make exercise your daily routine.
Drink Tea and Coffee
Scientists have found that compounds in tea and coffee stop degeneration of brain cells. Tea and coffee drinkers are less likely to get Alzheimer’s or dementia compared to people who do not drink tea and coffee. Tea and coffee also have antioxidant properties that improve metabolism. However, the point is if you are adding too much sugar and cream in your tea and coffee, it will do more harm than help you.
Eat More Plant-Based Food
Scientists have discovered that vegetarians live longer than those who eat more meat products. The reason behind this logic is plant-based foods contain dietary fiber and unsaturated fats, which are very essential for the physiological process.
There are many herbs and spices that are highly beneficial to human health; however, if you have to choose one, scientists suggest that you choose turmeric. Turmeric has many health benefits and the most important of them is it has anti-cancer properties.
Last but not least, exercise helps you to live longer. Regular exercise not only helps you to remain fit and healthy but also lessen the risk of many diseases including but not limited to diabetes and heart disease.
Last but not least
If you want to live long, you should definitely follow this 5 point guide. Actually, it is not very difficult to follow these 5 steps to a long life. A simple modification of your lifestyle and food habit helps you live longer.
How to Live a Long Life According to Hinduism
According to Hinduism, God has given 100 years of life to all human beings, however, with their bad deeds, they continue to cut years from the given lifespan and die early.
Hinduism is not just a religious belief, it is a way of life. Hinduism does not just recommend devotion to God through prayers and worshipping but also tells what you should eat, how you should live, what you should do in case your mind and body ails and much more.
There are various disciplines of Hinduism, for instance, Ayurveda (aimed at healing mind and body through herbs), devotion/worshipping (aimed at spiritual growth), Yoga (aimed at healing body and mind through physical and mental exercise), etc.
Ayurveda and Yoga both emphasize healthy living and long life. Yoga and Ayurveda provide a lot of techniques and methods for long life. While Ayurveda focuses on healing mind and body through the use of herbs, Yoga focuses on physical, mental, psychological, emotional healing through physical and mental exercises.
Yoga is a Hindu discipline originally propounded by Patanjali aimed at training the body and mind for health and spiritual insight. Yoga is a system of physical and mental exercises that control body and mind and keeps body and mind at equilibrium. The state of perfect health (physical health and mental health) is achieved only when your mind and body is at equilibrium. There are other motives of yoga as well, for instance, yoga helps to attain awareness, grow spiritually and reach the state of tranquillity. Yoga consists of physical training (called asanas), mental training (called dhyana, literally meditation), breathing exercises (called Pranayam) and devotion (mantra chanting, or prayers).
There has been a lot of research on Hindu healing systems like Yoga and Ayurveda, and scientists have established that the techniques and methods mentioned in Ayurveda and Yoga are authentic and can help you remain physically, mentally and emotionally fit, thus helping you to live longer. Studies have found that those who practice Yoga regularly for a long time adds years to life. Just like Hinduism, science does not exactly say we have 100 years to live, however, it says something similar to the Hindu belief. Yoga and meditation can boost your lifespan.