Top Habits To Increase Longevity

It’s no coincidence that our company is called Longève, which is short for “longevity.” The word itself reflects our mission to create deeply satisfying plant-based products that allow people to balance their cravings for good food with their desire for health, wellness and long life for both themselves and the planet. That being said, here are our top habits to increase longevity. We chose the easiest behaviors to adjust for that health boost. Look out for more detailed articles on increasing longevity by subscribing to our newsletter!

Get Your Sleep.

Sleep not only refreshes you for another day, it’s also the time for your body to regulate and repair cells. Research shows that adults aged 18-64 require a minimum of 7 hours in order to be considered in good health. Getting the right amount of sleep decreases the heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. The National Sleep Foundation recommends checking this list (below) to determine how much sleep you, as an individual, actually need.

  1. Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep? Or does it take you nine hours of quality ZZZs to get you into high gear? 
  2. Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease? 
  3. Are you experiencing sleep problems?
  4. Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day? 
  5. Do you feel sleepy when driving?

Eat Your Fiber.

Research has shown that daily fiber intake can extend your longevity. In fact, men were 24-56 percent less likely to die from infectious, heart, or respiratory disease when using fiber regularly. Women were found to benefit from daily fiber intake even more on average, with 34-59 percent less likely to die from such diseases, according to the National Institute of Health’s AARP Diet & Health Study.  Our Pea Protein Crumbles offer 4 grams of fiber per serving, which is a great way to increase fiber.  

Get Your Workout ON.

Whether you’re into yoga, mud-runs, or even just long walks around the neighborhood, working out is undeniably beneficial to your health and longevity. According to Jay Olshansky, Professor of Medicine and Aging at the University of Illinois at Chicago says that “exercise is the only fountain of youth that exists.” If you haven’t already, invest in a daily workout routine to keep your heart, mind, and body healthy. Consult with an medical expert to determine what level of workout is fit for your individual lifestyle.

Prioritize Plant-Based.

Research has shown that, on average, vegetarians live eight years longer than non-vegetarians. This is because not only does plant-based food provide a source of clean nutrition, but eating more plant-based foods can help significantly reduce the likelihood of contracting fatal illnesses like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even depression. Check out our post on the Modern Benefits Of A Plant-Based Diet for more info. 

Choose Happiness.

According to a study produced by a partnership between the National Institute of Aging, The British Heart Foundation, and Cancer Research UK, “Older people were up to 35% less likely to die during the five-year study if they reported feeling happy, excited, and content on a typical day.” The takeaway from this study is to keep your emotional health on the radar. If you’re feeling unhappy, check in with yourself. Take proactive steps to improve your situation, whether it’s talking to a friend or a therapist, changing your diet, or even investing in daily meditation. We can’t avoid all of life’s situations, but our perspective can definitely help us move forward for the long run. 

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