It’s true that the average life expectancy for men and women in the Western world has been steadily rising over the past century, with people in the United States now living an average of roughly 80 years. But the goal of living healthy lives well into our 90’s isn’t just a pipe dream, it’s actually something that a lot of people could achieve, with just a few lifestyle tweaks. We all know that regular exercise, combined with a healthy diet and the avoidance of toxic substances, go a long way in extending an individual’s life. However, presented here are some other, lesser-known habits you can incorporate into your daily routine, which you probably never would have thought would be associated with longevity.
10. Floss Daily
Just in case you needed a reason to floss other than maintaining fresh breath and keeping your dentist happy, now you can add extending your life to the list. Regular flossing helps prevent gum disease and bacterial infections in your mouth, which, according to doctors, can help reduce the risk of heart disease. As bacteria from your mouth travels to your arteries, it leads to plaque buildup along the arterial walls and negatively impacts your heart. Additionally, your body allocates resources from your immune system to fight off the bacteria, which causes the arteries to narrow even further. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent heart disease, but practicing good dental hygiene is probably among the easiest and most effective.