As we age, it’s important that we’re aware of our own health requirements so that we can live as comfortably and as safe as possible. The earlier that we begin to take care of our own health, the sooner we’ll be creating the habits that will endure as will grow into old-age.
1. Eat Healthy Food
Nutrition is one of the most important things to maintaining good health. These days, there is more and more science that backs this up. Having a balanced, healthy diet can be a great preventative measure for many illnesses – Things like Cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
No matter what age you are, it’s in your best interest to avoid processed foods, sugars, and excess carbohydrates.
When indulging in carbohydrates, it’s better to lean towards whole grains. You’ll also want to ingest healthy fats like those from avocados or olive oil.
Some studies have suggested that a senior’s body will not process protein as easily as a younger person. It doesn’t hurt to try to get in as much protein as you can. This will help reduce muscle breakdown as you age.
Before making any drastic changes to your diet, it is important that you speak with your Doctor. Everyone is different and not all of our bodies react the same.
Coffee doesn’t count! Caffeine actually contributes to dehydration.
Dehydration is seniors is fairly common because as we age, our sense of thirst can decrease. Whether or not you FEEL thirsty, you should still always make sure you are drinking enough. It’s important that you drink at least 64 ounces of fluid a day, preferably water.
Certain medications or illnesses can actually cause dehydration, so always keep an eye out for symptoms:
- Low blood pressure
- Feeling confused
- Not urinating
- Muscle cramps
- Dry mouth and skin
3. Get Quality Sleep
Our bodies and minds cannot function properly if we aren’t getting adequate sleep or if our sleep schedule is all over the place. You can help with sleep by maintaining a nutrient rich diet, as well as avoiding screens (tv’s, phones, etc) at least an hour before bedtime. Make sure that the temperature in your bedroom is comfortable and quiet.
4. Be Social
Humans are social creatures. Regardless of our age, it’s important that we get to spend time with friends and/or family. As often as you are comfortable with, try to get out of the house for social gatherings. Whether it’s taking a walk with someone, playing a game, or sitting down for coffee.
There have been some studies that have shown that those who maintain a healthy social life as they age, actually live longer on average.
5. Stimulate Your Mind
Especially for those that are retired, it’s important that we have something to do. Although sitting in silence can be a good meditative practice to engage in refularly, it’s also important that you continue to think. That means solving problems – things like puzzles or games, deep conversations, and outdoor hobbies.
Just like your muscles, if you don’t use it, you lose it!
6. Move Your Body - Exercise!
If you haven’t been an active person in the past, it’s recommended that you speak to a Doctor before taking on any strenuous activity. With that being said, exercise is great for you body and your mind.
Seniors who exercise, generally live longer, and have a greater all-around sense of well being. Regardless of age, exercising release endorphins and creates a whole lot of internal chemical processes that helps our bodies heal, as well as alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
As mentioned throughout this article, it is recommended that you speak to your Doctor about any changes you’ll be making regarding your lifestyle.
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