Health Tips for Seniors

Safe Senior BikersWhether we like it or not, we will grow old and eventually have to leave this tent we are living in right now. As we age, our health begins to deteriorate, and our risks for certain diseases suddenly increase. This is how nature works, but that doesn’t mean we have to go with the flow and allow sickness and disease take over our lives. Life is so good and we cannot afford to lose it just so quickly and easily to chronic health problems like heart disease and cancer. It’s true that we are going to leave this earth eventually, but wouldn’t you want to get the most out of this life while you are still alive? Being a senior has a lot of disadvantages, but do you know that you can spend the remaining years of your life free from sickness?

One of the main causes for health problems among older people is lack of physical activity. There’s a saying that goes, “We don’t stop exercising because we grow old; we grow old because we stop exercising.” Sad but true, most people stop engaging in physical activities as soon as they get past their fifties. This is a major problem, because a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for obesity, and we all know that obesity is one of the reasons why older people suffer from high cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

You may not be as strong today as you were twenty or thirty years ago, but that doesn’t mean you cannot perform exercise routines that will help you stay fit and healthy. Regular exercise doesn’t just benefit your physical health but your mental and emotional health as well. Each time you sweat out, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers and mood booster. When you exercise regularly, you actually lower your risk for depression and cut down your chances of developing degenerative brain diseases that commonly afflict older people.

Ask your doctor what kind of workouts are recommended for people your age and you will surely be given several suggestions depending on the state of your health right now and what you want to accomplish.
Aside from failing to get enough physical activity, most seniors today also fail to receive proper nutrition, resulting to vitamin deficiency and dehydration. You have to consult with your doctor first especially if you have a health condition that prohibits you from eating certain types of foods, but in general, eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key to having optimal health for seniors.

Your diet should also be low in fat, sugar, and sodium but should be rich in calcium and fiber. Calcium is especially important in preventing bone conditions such as osteoporosis. Fiber, on the other hand, is essential for reducing your risk for developing diseases in the digestive tracts. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water every day is also a good way to prevent dehydration and to help cleanse your digestive and urinary tracts.

To boost your mental health, load up with foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Sometimes, it’s possible for you not to get the required amount of nutrients from the food you eat regularly, so make sure you take in some supplements as well. A good anti-aging supplement should contain a combination of antioxidants that help boost your brain, skin, and overall health. Ingredients to look for in supplements include Vitamins A, B, C, E, CoEnzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Gingko Biloba, Retinol, Magnesium, and Potassium.

Finally, make it a habit of visiting your doctor regularly to have your general checkup even when you feel healthy and well. The reason is that there are many health problems that do not show signs and symptoms during their early development stages and only surprise you when they have already gotten worse. Such health conditions include hypertension and hyperlipidemia, both playing a big role in the occurrence of a stroke or heart attack. Seniors who have themselves checked at least once every three months are 80-90 percent less likely to suffer from chronic diseases compared to those who only see the doctor when they are not feeling well.

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