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Parenthood Linked to Longer Life

Researchers tracking lifespans of men and women in Sweden have determined that having at least one child lowered people’s risk of early death, Science Bulletin reports. The associations were evident whether or not the study subjects were married; however, for men it seemed stronger if they weren’t married.

Intriguing as this study is, and as wonderful as having children can be, there are other healthy lifestyle strategies you can implement to help yourself live a longer life. Some serious but fun points include: giving up soda, eating an avocado every day and learning the best ways to boost your gut microbiome.

Note that each of these things involves a dietary change. Soda is notoriously bad for your health, whether it’s sugar-laden or sugar-free. Avocados are part of a healthy fat-for-fuel diet that can help you absorb three to five times more carotenoids — antioxidants that help protect your body against free radical damage. They also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including potassium and vitamins E and B (including folate).

Your diet is one of the easiest, fastest and most effective ways to improve and optimize your microbiome, so the good news is that you have a great degree of control over your health destiny. Committing to improving your gut microbiome will do more than develop good bowel habits; you’ll likely experience easier weight loss, better health, improved mood and reduced risk of some cancers. Your immune system will be rewarded by healthy gut too.

One of the simplest, easiest and most cost-effective ways of improving your gut diversity is to eat fermented foods made with a starter culture and optimizing your vitamin D levels.
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