Up until very recently, the human lifespan had been steadily increasing. But in the last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that lifespans are starting to decline again.
Yes, the decline so far is gradual – just 0.1 to 0.05 percent down from prior years depending on where you live. However, this is not a trend we want to see increase. The CDC has identified three primary factors behind the sudden downshift: increases in suicides, drug overdoses and liver disease.
Could there be additional factors driving these three major trends? If you have had this thought, you are definitely on to something. While lifespans as a whole have begun to decline, your lifespan does not have to decline. Remove these 10 habits from your life and you will have the best chance of living a long, healthy, happy life!
#10 Stop Eating Mainly Processed Foods
Sure, processed food tastes delicious. Do you know why? It is all the added salt, sugar, artificial flavor, fat and engineered ingredients like fillers, additives and preservatives.
As Medical News Today points out, eating a diet that consists largely of processed foods can lead to diabetes, high cholesterol, liver disease (one of the three main lifespan shorteners), weight gain, gastrointestinal disturbance, heart disease….the list goes on and on.
Your heart, liver, circulatory system, stomach, intestines, brain and whole body needs the nutrients in their intact state that only whole foods can provide. Anything else causes your systems to work harder than they need to, shortening their useful lifespan.