1. Whole grains can help you live longer. A study at Harvard found that people who ate 70 grams of whole grains per day had lower risk of premature death than people who ate little to no whole grains. This is not surprising as a diet high in whole grains is generally more nutrient dense than one lower in whole grains. Whole grains are high in fiber, magnesium, potassium, and selenium. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 48 grams of whole grains per day. Good source of whole grains include whole wheat bread and pasta, oats, brown rice, and quinoa.
2. Do you have healthy habits that are part of your daily routine? These eight things are absolutely something I try to do everyday. I try to drink at least 75 ounces of water everyday. I try to stay active and get outside as much as I can. I eat my veggies and enjoy every meal I eat. I absolutely treat myself and avoid depriving myself of things I love. I try to get enough sleep (that one can be tough!) and I try to be grateful for my health and what I have.
3. Yoga and meditation may be good for the brain by strengthening thinking skills and helping to stave off age-related mental decline. Practicing yoga and meditation weekly can help reduce stress and increase physical activity. A study found that yoga and meditation topped the benefits of 12 weeks of brain training. When I’m feeling especially stressed yoga helps me to relax and it is a goal of mine to start meditating everyday!