Advances in medical technology have shot life expectancy indicators off the chart. Today, it’s not uncommon to live well past 100 years of age (at least in Japan). But if you have any hope of maintaining your health for a century, it’s important to acknowledge basic body- and mind-care rituals, like flossing and taking your vitamins, wearing sunscreen and exercising your mind. Click here for a preventative guide to keeping your every body part a hundred-years healthy.
Give your brain cells a solid workout by changing everyday routines. Brush your teeth with the opposite hand. Find your keys in your purse by touch alone (don’t look inside!). Try a more challenging crossword puzzle or Sudoku game.
Wear sunscreen every day (don’t forget your neck and the backs of your hands) and consider using an OTC or prescription cream that contains retinol, a powerful ingredient that can help erase fine lines.
Strength-train, then drink fat-free milk. In studies, exercisers who drank two glasses a day lost more fat and built more muscle than those who didn’t.
Skip the sweets. High blood sugar makes the collagen in your connective tissue less pliable and can lead to stiff joints and even arthritis. It can also worsen existing joint aches and pains.
Ward off age-related macular degeneration with C and E. Eat a spinach salad with mandarin oranges and almonds, or consider taking a multivitamin containing 500 mg vitamin C and 400 IU vitamin E.
Floss every day. It helps prevent gum disease, which has been linked to heart attack and stroke.
Get vitamin K2 (you need about 90 micrograms a day) from leafy greens like romaine lettuce and spinach. It moves calcium from your blood to your bones.