Adaptive Care: How to Take Care of Your Body as You Age
Most of us look forward to getting older. However, the body goes through a number of changes as one gets older. Most of these changes are not pleasant. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to take care of your body as you age.
See Your Doctor
Your chances of developing just about every disease increase as you get older. That is why seeing a physician every year is extremely important. If you have already been diagnosed with a chronic condition, then you may have to see a doctor every six months. Make sure that you follow the treatment plan that has been outlined by your physician.
Maintain an Active Social Life
Spending time with family members and friends is not only a lot of fun, but it can also improve your health. Studies have shown that loneliness can be just as bad for one’s health as smoking a cigarette. You should try to spend time with your family members and friends at least once a week.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Most adults need between 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Good-quality sleep not only refreshes you, but it can also protect your health. Studies have linked sleep deprivation to obesity and heart disease.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to heart disease, liver problems and cancer. That is why if you choose to drink, then you should only consume a maximum of two drinks per day. Some studies suggest that small amounts of alcohol can be beneficial to your health, but there is no need to start drinking if you do not currently drink.
Osteoporosis is one of the conditions that is common in older adults. Because this condition can cause your bones to become weak and brittle, it is important for you to do everything that you can do to prevent it. Staying active is one way to do this, and changing your diet is another.
Ensuring that your diet has enough bone building nutrients can do a lot to help prevent Osteoporosis. Calcium is important, as is are magnesium, vitamins D3 and K2, and trace minerals. With a bit of research you can find foods that are rich in these necessary nutrients. Leafy greens, legumes and nuts, for example, are great sources of magnesium. You can also consider taking a supplement like AlgaeCal or something similar. This can be extremely helpful if you don’t have access to foods that would naturally enough of these minerals.
The human body was not built to last forever, which is why it changes as you get older. Fortunately, you can mitigate these changes by getting plenty of rest, limiting alcohol consumption, maintaining an active social life and seeing your doctor. Additionally, you can prevent osteoporosis by staying active and eating healthy.
Author: Kara Masterson