You know that eating well and exercising are key to reaching a ripe old age—but did you know that flossing can add over six years to your life span? That believing in God can tack on three years to your expiration date? That having no friends can mean that you’ll kick the bucket earlier? Here, we run down some surprising ways to live longer—and better.
1. Floss regularly. Oddly, flossing is good for your heart, and doing so regularly can add 6.4 years to your life. In YOU: The Owner’s Manual by AOL Health’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Michael Roizen, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, the doctors write that flossing and brushing daily, along with seeing your dentist regularly, can keep you kicking for longer. How? When you floss, you rid your mouth of bacteria that can cause inflammation in the gums. This inflammation can travel to the heart, leading to heart disease. In his book The Real Age Makeover, Roizen also found an Emory University study that revealed that those with gingivitis and periodontitis have a mortality rate that’s 23 to 46 percent higher than those without the gum diseases. Taking care of your mouth, it seems, really can lengthen your life.
Keep reading for the seven other tricks that add years to your life! —AOL Health