As we get older, our bodies start to wear down and we sometimes develop health concerns that require medical attention. The risk for certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis, increases the older we get. Many of the things we used to do when we were younger are much more difficult in old age. While getting old is an inevitability that we all must face, there are a number of lifestyle choices that you can make to keep yourself healthy for as long as possible. Some health problems are genetic or the result of bodily misuse, so the recommendations found here will probably not reverse these issues. However, if you are looking for ways to feel better as an older adult, you may want to try some of these tips out.
During the holiday season many of us indulge in treats that are likely not healthy for us; the main culprit in many of these goodies is sugar. It’s well-known that too much sugar in our diet can affect our bodies in many ways, from cavities and lethargy to high blood pressure and diabetes. But did you know that sugar can also negatively impact the appearance of our skin? A high sugar intake may play a role in the aging process, accelerating the development of wrinkles and fine lines. In addition to these effects, foods with a high glycemic (sugar) index can also cause oil production and inflammation, leading to acne breakouts. To help control the negative impact sugar has on our bodies, we need to watch what we eat and stick to a healthy diet.
With Thanksgiving having just ended and Christmas and New Years’ right around the corner, it’s easy to get carried away with over-consuming food and drink during the holidays. Family and friends come together to enjoy each other’s company, have a few laughs and, perhaps, eat a slice or two of your mom’s delicious apple pie. These are cheerful times indeed, but it’s also important to remain balanced and practice moderation to prevent feelings of regret after the holidays. Heavy meals during the holidays contribute to rapid weight gain which can lead to stretch marks if it gets out of control. Managing your food portions is no easy task, but with a few pointers and words of motivation, you may just want to start your New Year’s resolution early.