Secrets of long life revealed!

We’d all like to live forever but the one thing in life that is a certainty is death! But this is good news stories and we’d like to report on some ways of extending your life as long as possible!

So what makes people live so long — nature or nurture? “The average person should be able to live to 90 years old if they exercise, eat well, and avoid smoking,” Thomas Perls, M.D., a professor of medicine at Boston Medical Center, the director of the New England Centenarian study, and co-author of Living to 100, told Yahoo Shine. “Before the age of 90, genetics only accounts for 25 percent of a person’s lifespan; 75 percent is their healthy habits. If a person lives past 90, we have to look to a stronger genetic reason.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Once believed to be the amount everyone needs for proper hydration, a longevity essential, a 2002 study from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH, debunked the 8X8 rule. As Dr. Goldberg explains, “there’s no magic number of glasses,” emphasizing it’s more about getting fluids, not necessarily from straight-up H20. Herbal tea and juices are hydration helpers (though soda isn’t), but fruits and vegetables (like celery and leafy greens) are an even healthier way to get your liquids.

Cut out booze.
A daily glass of wine not only can help your heart but also add years to your life. University of Texas at Austin researchers found that moderate drinking, such as a small glass of wine (about four ounces) a day, reduces mortality among older and middle-aged adults. Dr. Goldberg says it’s because heart disease is the leading killer of women, and wine is chockfull of antioxidants, which prevent serious sickness. So fill ‘er up-without overflowing that glass.

Get eight hours of sleep every night.
While research suggests snoozing fewer than six or more than nine hours a night raises your mortality risk, everyone has different sleep needs, says Shelby Harris, PsyD, director of the behavioral sleep medicine program at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. So if you wake naturally after only, say, six-and-a-half hours a night, forcing yourself to reach eight hours won’t lengthen your life. To learn how much sleep you need, try awakening without an alarm for a week, if you can swing it. If you feel good and have enough energy most of the day, you’ve found your ideal amount of rest.

Make sure if you ever travel from your home country you have good travel insurance from sites such as over80.co.uk to ensure you are covered in the event of something going wrong!

Don’t let a cold get you inflight!

Are you taking a long haul flight soon and worried about the prospect of catching a cold or worse?

We’ve all been there — you’re on a full flight, stuck in the middle seat between a cougher and a sneezer with nowhere to turn. Are you doomed to get sick? Dr. Travis Stork, co-host of “The Doctors,” says there may be something you can do.

If germy particles are floating in the air, switch on your overhead air vent to the highest setting, aimed downward at your face. “The air will actually help push those particles away,” he says.

While many stock up on vitamin C and take other supplements designed to strengthen the immune system for travel, Stork says, wellness is more in your head than you think. “All of those supplements out there, a lot of it is the placebo effect,” he explains. “If you’re more optimistic and you believe you’re going to get better, your immune system strangely fires up.”

Tips…

Stay hydrated. It turns out that drinking plenty of water will not only counter the overall dehydrating effects of air travel, which can lead to headaches, stomach problems, cramps, fatigue and more, but can actually fortify your preemptive natural immune mechanisms to function considerably better. Of course, this is the case in normal daily life — when exercising, during prolonged sun exposure, etc. Even caffeine and alcohol consumption can dry you out. However, in an airplane, where your nose and throat are on the front lines of the war with exceedingly dry air, these are the first places to suffer.

Keep your hands clean. Your hands are the most consistent point of first contact with cold, flu and other germs. It is a direct line from armrest/ handshake/seat back to fingers to fork to mouth to full-blown fever a few days later. Scientists report that the viruses that cause colds and flu can survive for hours on your skin or on objects such as armrests, TV remote control handsets, tray tables and other similar surfaces. However, the simple act of washing your hands with hot water and soap is a formidable rampart against this transfer of harmful microorganisms.

Wear a face mask. The NIH cites airborne germs as one of the top two sources of cold virus infection; some travelers have taken to wearing masks either to prevent infection, or when they themselves are already infected. Personally, I would not last more than a half-hour or so behind a hot mask, but this may be an effective prevention tactic nonetheless.

UK Public sector staff to lose auto pay rise

The British chancellor announced today that annual incremental pay increases in the British civil service would be axed in 2015 and a fresh push to remove automatic pay rises for time served in NHS, prisons and police. The armed forces will be excluded from the changes.

He told MPs: “Progression pay can at best be described as antiquated; at worst, it’s deeply unfair to other parts of the public sector who don’t get it and to the private sector who have to pay for it.”

Mr Osborne also announced a cap on the total amount the government spends on welfare each year, including housing benefit, disability benefit, tax credits and pensioner benefits – but excluding the state pension.

While many public sectors will no doubt be horrified by this the reality is many have very cushy jobs and they do not deserve to have a better deal than private sector staff, especially when the likes of teachers seem to spend most of their time on holiday.

BBC loses on Lonely Planet

The BBC have lost a huge sum of money buying out and subsequently ruining the Lonely Planet brand.

Lonely planet make travel guides that are some of the most used in the world. In fact it seems like every other backpacker in SE Asia has a lonely planet book.

The blame for the massive loss has been placed on the strong Aussie dollar compared to the USD/GBP and EUR.

If you are travelling abroad then ensure you have taken out decent travel insurance over 85s  in case you have a medical emergency.

 

Facebook shares tumble again

SHARES of Facebook have taken another tumble, continuing a downward spiral that began at the start of the week.

The blame game has already begun with some pointing fingers at Nasdaq, where technical issues created confusion during the first day of trading, and others blaming the lead underwriter of the offering, Morgan Stanley, for failing to divulge last-minute changes to revenue projections.

After being priced at $38, the shares opened at $42.05 on Friday and fluctuated between $45 and $38 throughout the day, before closing up just 23 cents.

The California company’s shares began to tumble on Monday and closed down 11%.