LIVE longer by eating a healthy balanced diet, and doing plenty of exercise. You could also avoid an early death by eating certain foods, it's been revealed. Eat three to four of these cheap fruits to boost your chances of a long and healthy life.

You can lower your risk of an early death by eating a healthy, balanced diet, according to the NHS. Exercise is also crucial to boosting your lifespan. It's the "miracle cure we've all been waiting for", it claimed.

Small lifestyle changes are all that's needed to increase your life expectancy and avoid an early death. Eating more peppers could help you to live longer, it's been revealed. Aim to eat between three and four peppers in a single week.

All peppers are packed with good amounts of vitamin C, but red peppers contain the most benefice nutrients, said dietitian Juliette Kellow and nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.

They're good for the heart, boost the respiratory system, and could even protect against some cancers, they said in their book 'Eat Better Live Longer – Understand What Your Body Needs To Stay Healthy'.

The vitamin C in peppers act as antioxidants, which work to limit cell damage and prevent narrowing of the arteries.

Adding more vitamin C to your diet could lower the risk of lung cancer by about 26 per cent, they revealed.

"Peppers boost our intake of health-promoting carotenoids and vitamin C, while chillies have been linked to weight loss and better heart health. Have three to four peppers a week, and a small amount of chilli. Choose fresh peppers or chillies that are firm, or buy good-quality jarred peppers, dried chillies, or chilli powder. Vitamin C and carotenoids can help to minimise the effects of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]. COPD is common smokers, and according to the World Health Organization, affects 65 million people around the world," they said.

To gain the most nutritious benefits from peppers, store them in the fridge if they're fresh, or in a cupboard if they're dried. You could also lower your risk of an early death by eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, the NHS said. Fresh produce should make up about a third of your entire daily diet.

All men should aim for about 2,500 calories of food a day, while women should aim for 2,000. Doing plenty of regular exercise will also increase your life expectancy. All adults should complete at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week.

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