The life expectancy of Nigerians, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is 54.5 years as at 2016.
However, there is a possibility that you can live longer than the recommended age if you make certain lifestyle changes.
Jumia Travel, the hotel and flight booking portal, discusses some of the changes you can make if you want to live long.
- Stop eating junk
Many of us eat junk food. This is probably because you don’t have time to prepare a proper meal. The fact is eating these junk food have a negative effect on your health. Some of the health effects of junk or processed foods include diabetes and heart diseases. You should eat more fruits.
- Run away from alcohol
Alcohol has always being fingered as a major source of health problems. This is why you are encouraged to do away with alcohol. You may not feel the immediate impact of your incessant alcohol intake but it gradually cuts your lifespan. If you have an alcohol problem, you should seek help.
- Quit smoking
There is no gainsaying that inhaling smoke can damage your lungs. Despite this, the number of smokers is rising daily and even the recession has not stopped many from buying packs of cigarette. They ignore the instruction that smokers are liable to die young. A combination of alcohol and cigarettes can adversely affect your health.
- Don’t skip sleep
Sleep is very important to reinvigorate your life. So, if you are one of those who rarely sleep, it is advisable you stop this now and have a good nap. The lack of sleep can lead to depression and deterioration in overall performance. So, try to get few hours of good sleep every day.
- Stop worrying
With the recession in Nigeria, many people are very worried about a lot of things. The fact is your worry won’t change anything. Worrying can lead to high blood pressure. Even if you have to worry, it should not affect your wellbeing.
- Stop avoiding the doctor
This is peculiar to the majority of us. If there is nothing wrong with us, we won’t visit the doctor. Ironically, when some persons are ill, they prefer to check in with their pastor instead of a doctor. A pastor is not a doctor. So, you should make it a point of duty to always visit your doctor intermittently. This will help in early detection of any ailment or disease.