Keeping on Top of Your Health
When You’re Over 50
As we get older we need to focus more on our health and fitness, as this is one of the best ways to ensure our bodies are strong enough to fight illnesses and ageing. Indeed, if you are over 50, by implementing just a few changes to make your lifestyle healthier, you’ll be looking and feeling younger in mere months!
Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started:
Take B12 Supplements
As we get older, we have less of the acid in our stomach that is used to break down our foods. This acid is also needed to absorb certain vitamins like B12 into our bodies naturally. Vitamin B12 is essential in keeping our blood cells and nerve cells happy, and if we are deficient it can cause tiredness, weakness, constipation and weight loss.
To make sure you get enough B12 into your system, take a quality daily supplement along with other essential vitamins. You can also try to eat more food rich in B12 such as low-fat dairy, fish and meat.
Regular exercise doesn’t mean that you have to spend money on an expensive gym membership and start lifting weights. You can seriously improve your cardiovascular health by adopting a simple walk into your daily routine or enjoying a cycle ride with friends or family. By investing in a fitness tracker or tracking your activity through an app, you might be surprised by how motivated you are to get up and move more to reach your step goal for the day.
You could even get yourself a dog. Not only will you new furry friend be a wonderful companion for you, your new pet will ensure you go for a walk every day.
Consider your dairy intake
As well as helping our B12 levels, dairy products are full of other body-benefiting nutrients such as calcium, which helps maintain our bone mass and reduces our risk of developing osteoporosis. Dairy is also high in potassium, which helps maintain a healthy blood pressure.
But dairy products can also be high in fat so do consider low-fat options if you have a lot of diary.
By opting for low-fat dairy, you will get all the benefits of eating dairy but with little or no solid fat intake too. This will help improve your cardiovascular health and rescue the risk of type II diabetes.
If you don’t take dairy because of lactose intolerance, veganism or any other reasons, do ensure your diet includes suitable alternatives to maintain those essential nutrients.
Watch the salt!
Salt is essential for the body’s systems. However, the average person currently consumes far too much salt AND the wrong type of salt! Did you know that the common table salt that we love to shower our meals in is typically 97.5% sodiun chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbemts and iodine? Instead, we should be using REAL SALT such as sea salt, Celtic salt and Himalayan crystalised salt.
Too much salt can cause our blood pressure to rise rapidly, as our blood has to work overtime to move toxic elements away from our heart and, when used excessively, also causes us to retain water and can lead to or worsen conditions such as gout, diabetes and obesity.
But it isn’t just what we sprinke on our food. Don’t forget the hidden enemy! Ready meals and take-away foods tend to contain high percentages of salt to add that addictive flavour we have all experienced when eating a bag of crisps or salted peanuts!
Visit Your Doctor or Health Practitioner Regularly
Many of us avoid the doctor until we know for sure that something is wrong. However, ensuring you get regular check-ups as you get older is essential. It is important to be more aware of your body and notice the sigs of anything that seems unusual. Even a small change in our health can be an early sign of an illness, many of which are specific to age.
In most cases, the quicker any illness or ailment is diagnosed, the easier and more effective it is to treat. Quite often, such as with diabetes, if caught in the early stages the illness can be totally reversed with lifestyle changes. Therefore going to Doctors appointments regularly is extremely important once you hit that milestone of 50. At this stage it can also be a good idea to take out the appropriate life insurance to ensure that if the worst does happen, you have a policy in place to settle any outstanding bills and ensure your loved-ones are taken care of financially.
It’s easy to think that your state of health and fitness when you were young sets up your health and fitness once you’re older. However, focusing on this when you are older is just as important and can still decrease the chances of you contracting an illness or disease. Implementing one or a few of the lifestyle changes is sure to have a positive impact, so why not reflect on your current lifestyle and give them a try?