As We Age, Where Do Health Problems Stem From?
We all know that as we get older, our bodies start to become more prone to health issues. Most people believe this is simply because our bodies are “worn-out” and unable to function as they used to due to people living longer than ever before – and this is true… partially. There’s a lot more going on, and scientists and doctors are only just beginning to understand what truly makes your body more prone to health problems, which means they’re now able to give us tips on how to prevent them! Unfortunately, here at Main Line Adult Day Care, we don’t have the answer to the elixir of life, but we do have some great tips that will help prevent you from developing age-related health problems!
Get your gut going!
Recently, health scientists have been focusing on the human gut as it seems that there is much more going on there than previously thought. The bacteria in your gut is integral to the function of your immune system, and as we age, years of not looking after it properly lead to it working less effectively. To give it a good reboot, some minor dietary changes may be all that is needed! Try eliminating dairy which can upset the balance in your gut, and avoid processed foods by replacing them with fresh, fiber-filled vegetables! It’s also a good idea to cut down on red meat as this causes an acidic environment in your gut that damages its delicate ecosystem.
Exercise little but often
The pace of life slows as we age, but if it slows too much, it becomes a major health hazard where a whole host of health issues stem from. Once again, we’re going to tell you that you should be exercising more often, but this time, we’re going to emphasize that it only needs to be a little bit every day! Just 20 minutes of moderate exercise on a daily basis is likely to reduce your risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, and relieve anxiety and stress that would otherwise lead to a whole host of health issues.
Exercise your brain!
Alzheimer’s, dementia and other age-related cognitive impairments have been traced to a lack of mental stimulation in the elderly. Many people spend their days doing very little that challenges them mentally – often because retirement and old age is seen as a time of rest. Being passionate about something that challenges your brain will not only help reduce the risk of these debilitating mental impairments developing as you age, but it will also keep you sharp in the mind so you can keep up with lively debates and provide great, stimulating conversation to your peers and those from younger generations!
Health problems are a natural part of growing old, but by understanding where they stem from, we’re able to tackle them and keep them at bay for much longer, meaning our quality of life will benefit as a result! Here at Main Line Adult Day Care, we understand how much quality of life means to those in their senior years, which is why we strongly advocate following the tips mentioned above to ensure that you and your loved ones can enjoy life to the fullest!