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Aging is an inevitable process of life and even though we cannot do much to prevent it there are certainly a few things that we can do along the way to slow down the process. Making wise choices about the foods we eat, how we exercise, our retirement goals and even the kind of relationships we keep could potentially help us as we advance in years. Check out our top five practical tips below that will help you age seamlessly and beautifully!
Get Enough Sleep
Contrary to what a lot of people believe, older adults need just as much sleep as their younger counterparts. There is sufficient evidence to back up this fact with some recent recommendations from a sleep foundation suggesting that adults should catch a shut-eye of about 7 to 8 hours a night. Humans can go longer without food than they can without sleep meaning that depriving yourself of sleep could potentially lead to irritability, depression, memory problems or increased fall risk, all detrimental to seamless aging.
Stress is going to happen- even to the best of us! Stress can actually change or increase with age so it is important to find a way to deal with it since prolonged stress can lead to damaged brain cells and eventually lead to depression and constant fatigue. Over 90% of illnesses in older adults are either complicated or caused by stress so try combating it with some relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation and circular breathing.
Supplementation with multivitamins contain certain antioxidant compounds that are instrumental in scavenging the damaging free oxygen radicals thereby preventing cellular destruction and ultimately aging. Always consult with a doctor about the exact benefits of taking supplements and which ones are the best for your life stage.
A study conducted in the US suggested that a majority of adults consume more than double of the recommended amounts of sodium daily. This increases their vulnerability to cardiovascular diseases and hypertension since a larger percentage of such elements come from restaurants and packaged foods. To age seamlessly, older adults should be especially particular in the foods they consume. It is advisable for people heading into their 50’s to consume nutrient dense foods like whole-grain foods, vegetables and fruits while avoiding processed, salty and sweet foods.
Keeping fit and being active through regular exercise can go a long way in maintaining both your physical and mental well-being. Regular exercise helps your body to prevent and/or provide relief from some of the common chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, depression or heart diseases among others. All these chronic conditions are detrimental in the process of aging so they should be avoided at all cost.