Your lifestyle habits and diets are very important especially once you start aging. Getting older is inevitable. While you can’t regulate your age, there are certain things you can do that will decline aging and keep you healthy. Being healthy till old age is all about living your best life and having physical and mental health to enjoy even as you age. That is why maintaining healthy habits are very important.
Aging comes with a lot of responsibilities and you need to be organized for it. Aging can affect some of our major body systems. Some of the signs of aging include: bones become thinner and less strong, the movement of food through the digestive system becomes slower, the eardrums get thicker, the walls of the ear canal get thinner, the skin gets thinner and becomes less elastic, nails grow more slowly, hairs get grey and some no longer grow, etc. But the good news is that maintaining good lifestyle habits can help reduce these changes and keep you healthy.
There are some habits you need to adopt as you age to keep you healthy. Some of them include:
The importance of exercise to ageing people cannot be overemphasized. Try and engage in exercise every day. Regular exercise lessens your risk of diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. It also decreases stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health. You can engage in mild exercises like jogging or going for a walk if you can't engage in strenuous ones.
2. Mind your diet
What you consume as you age is very important to your health but many people trivialize it. Eating healthy foods will go a long way to define how you age. Eat more fruits and vegetables, fresh, frozen or canned. Take more lean protein such as fish and beans. Avoid using solid fats for cooking and use oils instead. Avoid processed foods, refined sugars and unhealthy fats. Avoid foods that make you age faster than normal.
3. Avoid stress
Stress is one of the major causes of premature ageing. Stress has a lot of negative effects on your body. Stress induces premature aging and wrinkles. It can even heighten your risk of heart disease. You can alleviate stress by getting enough sleep, meditating, yoga, talking to a friend, etc. No matter the level of your busy schedule, always find time and rest.
4. Stop smoking and reduce your alcohol intake
Excessive smoking and Intake of alcohol can be detrimental to your health especially as you age. Studies have shown that too much intake of alcohol and smoking can heighten your risk of several diseases and cause premature ageing. Avoid too much intake of alcohol because it can affect some significant organs in the body.
5. Get enough sleep
Good night's rest is very important, especially as you age. Good sleep has a lot of positive effects on your mental and physical health. Having enough skin can also heighten the quality of your skin. Studies have shown that getting enough sleep can lower your risk of heart disease, reduce stress and depression, reduce inflammation, etc.
6. Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated helps to reduce your risk of several diseases. Drinking enough water can enhance your energy level and even brain functions. Dehydration is not good for you especially as you age. When you drink water frequently, it can make your skin healthy and lessen signs of ageing.
7. Take care of your mouth
So many people do not see any need for this as they age but this is not healthy. Not taking proper care of your mouth can heighten your risk of gum disease. Studies have also correlated gum disease with heart disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. Brush twice a day. Flossing once a day and using mouth rinse will be helpful especially once you start aging.
8. See a doctor regularly
A regular medical checkup is very significant as you begin to age. This will help you discover any disease because it increases. It can also help the doctor to find any problem even before it begins. This will help you in discovering and treating many killer diseases before there vet serious.
Everyone should adhere to the tips of this article.
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