For thousands of years, people have tried to unlock the secret to living a long life. Research into longevity shows that it’s not really a secret at all – we have summed it up with five tips you can use to live longer and feel better.

A generation or two ago, the idea of living past 90 was unrealistic. Advances in modern medicine now help us to survive common ailments and diseases that were once fatal but it’s our lifestyle that ultimately makes the difference.

Here are list of things to avoid at all cost.

1 Say goodbye to sugar and hello to water

sugar has no value at all and in today’s world accounts for 20% of the average person daily calorie intake. Almost every food item that comes in a can, bottle, on a shelf or is preserved has sugar in it.

2. Drinking fewer than 2 liters of water every day

Drinking when you’re thirsty to stay hydrated is much easier said than done. That’s why health experts recommend drinking 2 liters (about 64 ounces, or 8 cups) of water on average, even though you get some water from other drinks and many of the foods you eat.

3. Staying out of the sun (or staying in it too long)

While getting too much sun increases your risk of cancer, not getting enough is also bad for your health. To boost your vitamin D intake, you should spend about 10 to 15 minutes in the sun daily, without sunscreen.

3. Negative Thoughts

Many people wouldn’t believe that negative thoughts are bad for health, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Negative thinking can impact on the quality of your life and have a harmful effect on your mental, emotional and physical well being.

4. Constantly thinking about dying

Worrying about death might actually make you die sooner. Constant stress elevates your disease risk and increases your chances of getting sick — but it doesn’t have to be that way. Talking with someone about your anxieties can actually help.

5. Sitting for more than 2 hours at a time

You’re at risk for more serious health problems than just gaining weight. It’s bad for your heart and other muscles, and it’s not hard to reverse this habit

6. Exercising less than 150 minutes every week

7. Eating more calories than you burn

8. Smoking cigarettes

9. Avoiding Regular Medical Check-Ups –

10 Ignoring Oral Hygiene

Not only do pearly whites help you feel great about yourself, good oral health can prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease

11. Drinking Excessively Or Using Hard Drugs

12. Avoid too much junk food with fats and excessive sugar.