Healthy aging is what we all strive for. However, lifestyle, stress, diet, and our financial situation play a great influence in our future wellness. Being so, it is important to take how we age more seriously if we intend to live our best lives later. To stay on top of things, here are some wellness moves for healthy aging that you may want to start now to keep active and in better shape later.
If you’re going to be hitting fifty soon, you may want to look into getting a shingles shot to save agony from a painful red rash and blisters that can occur anywhere on your poor body. You may think this disease probably won’t happen to you, but if you ever had chicken pox growing up that varicella-zoster virus is still lurking within you just waiting for its chance to pay you another visit.
Another horrible thing about aging is that the body’s metabolism slows down compared to your younger days. This unwelcome change to the body means you are more likely to gain weight. The only solution is eating a bit less than before to avoid adding more pounds to your figure.
We also have to reexamine food choices for healthy aging as a preventive for diseases that tend to occur as the years creep up such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and high cholesterol that can result from that excess weight and faulty diet. For example, aging causes natural changes in the body’s vascular system that increases your chances of developing high blood pressure for one. Unfortunately, arteries become stiffer after every birthday to eventually make it harder for the blood to pump through our systems, which causes this silent killer. Though not what you want to hear, you may want to start using a salt substitute or salt-free herbal blends for sprinkling over your foods, which should include more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy while also getting more exercise.
Since the liver undergoes changes as well, it doesn’t move the fatty deposits that can line the blood vessels as it did in younger days to make us more prone to high cholesterol. Therefore, healthy aging requires considering using more healthy fats such as olive oil, lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and limiting sugar, unhealthy fats and processed foods as well as walking more or another form of aerobatic exercise.
With how our bodies seem to betray us more as time goes by, and our systems can develop insulin resistance from impaired pancreatic islet function to develop type 2 diabetes. You may get the upper hand for healthy aging by keeping a closer check on blood glucose levels, following a healthier diet, and exercise.
Our eyes are always changing as we get older so you want to best protect them from macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Besides eating a healthy diet, exercising, avoiding excess alcohol, stop smoking and watching blood pressure and blood sugar levels, cholesterol numbers, you also want to get yearly vision examinations to keep ahead of any onset of those problems. Do yourself a favor and make it a habit to always wear sunglasses even on not so bright days to help guard eyes from harmful effects of the sun’s UV light that can cause cataracts.
You may not even notice that you have an eye problem when rubbing your eyes more often, but an eye doctor can discover you have a condition such as dry eye or the start of a tiny cataract to explain some new eye discomfort you may be experiencing. In fact, you don’t necessarily need to be elderly to develop a cataract since some medications like steroids can lead to early development of cataracts.
Whether you fall asleep easily at night or find yourself making more nightly bathroom trips can infringe on the amount of sleep you get. As a result, you can wake up tired and drag through the day. However, a short catnap of about 20-30 minutes can help recharge energy levels. There was an interesting study conducted in China on a group of elderly people of how after sleeping one hour in the afternoon that their cognitive functioning improved.
Something else to think about for healthy aging is gradually starting to declutter your life. After all, most of us have accumulated tons of things or collected certain items over the years. Though as much as we love them, it also takes more effort and energy for older bodies to care for them. The earlier that you start unloading some of these things can help reduce stress and needless energy later.