Seven tips for healthy aging

Seven tips for healthy aging

    Healthy Aging

    Seven tips for healthy aging
    Seven tips for healthy aging

    We're all older than we were last year. Aging is a natural part of life, and it's up to us to make the most of it. that means being active and feeling my best. No matter your age, you can feel your best, too! Here are seven easy ways you can stay active and healthy


    1- Stay Connected

    Loneliness is harmful to your health. If you feel lonely -- whether you live alone or with someone, have lots of friends or none -- you are more likely to get dementia or depression. Seniors who report feeling left out and isolated have more trouble with everyday tasks like bathing and climbing stairs. They also die earlier than less-lonely folks do. Researchers found that lonely people have higher levels of stress hormones that cause inflammation, or swelling, linked to arthritis and diabetes. Another study found more antibodies to certain herpes viruses in lonely people, a sign of stress in their immune system. So stay or make friends. Do volunteer work or simply help someone in need. Just connect.

    2-Eat healthy foods

    The majority of adults in the US consume more than double the recommended daily allowance of sodium, which can lead to hypertension and cardiovascular disease; most of this high sodium intake comes from pre-packaged foods and restaurants.

    so you have to eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. Avoid sweet, salty, and highly processed foods. Keep in mind that each person has different dietary needs – follow your doctor's suggestions regarding dietary restrictions

    3-Be active. 

    Maintain or start an active, healthy lifestyle. Make physical movement a part of every day. Regular exercise can include walking, gardening, stretching, taking the stairs and strength training, such as using light weights or resistance bands. Studies show that people who exercise, not only live longer, but live better.

    4-Get a vitamin boost

    Lots of people have a vitamin D deficiency and don’t know it. In fact, it’s estimated that it affects half of the adult population. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cognitive impairment, bone problems and also cardiovascular disease.

    Try to get outside in the sunshine for at least 15-20 minutes a day for a vitamin D boost. It can also be found in food such as eggs and oily fish. Alternatively, talk to your doctor about a vitamin D supplement.

    5-Sort out your sleep

    Many of us have trouble getting – or staying – asleep as we get older. This can leave you feeling tired and grumpy.
    Avoid insomnia by cutting down on daytime naps, establishing a bedtime routine and going to bed at the same time each night.
    Try a warm drink such as chamomile tea or hot milk before you go to bed

    6-Get enough fluids

    Drinking fluids throughout the day is very important. Sometimes older adults may not drink enough or may not notice thirst. Dehydration can lead to dizziness, fainting and low blood pressure. These may put you at higher risk for falling. Having enough fluid can help with regularity. Fluids also move nutrients through the body and cushion your joints and organs. 

    7-Quitting smoking

    Is the best thing you can do for your health — and for the health of those around you. There's no denying that quitting is tough. Ex-smokers say it's one of the hardest things they've ever done, and many quit more than once before they were successful. But they did it, and so can you.