Aging and Good Nutrition
By Chris Chenoweth
Aging is the cumulative effect of wear and tear on our cells. As we age, the need for good nutrition is vital in order to provide our cells with the resources they require for optimal maintenance and repair. Nutrition not only impacts disease processes, it also makes it possible for our bodies to function better and longer.
What is good nutrition and how do we follow it? Learning to eat a well-balanced diet is not as difficult as it sounds and the rewards are endless; a longer, healthier life, a reduced risk of many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and obesity, and a renewed feeling of energy and vigor.
GUIDELINES FOR GOOD NUTRITION
+EAT A WELL-BALANCED DIET, one that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables (whole foods are best), as well as foods that are high in complex carbohydrates, moderate amounts of protein, and low in fat. Make sure you eat regular meals. Skipping meals or eliminating certain foods can lead to out-of-control hunger, resulting in overeating. Eat in moderation. Most people eat for pleasure as well as nutrition. If your favorite foods are high in fat, salt or sugar, the key is moderation.
+EAT FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS. These include brightly colored fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, herbs and teas. Antioxidants help to ward off many diseases, including cancer, and keep our cells healthy and regenerating. Of course, no matter how old we are, antioxidants are vital for good health.
+DRINK WATER. Most of us are dehydrated because we do not drink enough water for our body to operate at optimal capacity. Water is the most important nutrient that our body needs in order to function properly. When the body becomes dehydrated, the organs can become damaged, resulting in various types of degenerative diseases. Every major system in our body depends on water. (It is great for the skin, too!)
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR HEALTHY LIVING
+EXERCISE REGULARLY. Regular activity is vital to maintaining good health and helps mobility later in life. Anyone can benefit from starting a basic aerobic exercise program. If you get little exercise, even walking 10 minutes a day can greatly help your body. Exercise controls blood sugar, helps you lose weight, and helps your body detoxify. Walking is the most easily accessible and beneficial exercise and anyone can do it.
+REDUCE STRESS. Nothing ages you faster than excessive amounts of stress. Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine that can increase your anxiety level and avoid alcohol that can mask symptoms and make them worse. Try deep breathing exercises, massage, guided imagery, and meditation. Learn it is okay to say NO occasionally. Make time for yourself, your number one priority.
+GET ENOUGH REST. A good night's sleep is something that many of us do not get. However, getting enough sleep is vitally important for physical and emotional health. If you have difficulty sleeping, NEVER read, eat or watch television in bed.
+SEE YOUR DOCTOR REGULARLY FOR PREVENTIVE CARE. Doctors do not only treat patients when they are ill. With regular checkups and preventive services, you can help prevent serious health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
Your doctor may also recommend a multivitamin just to make sure that any gaps in your nutritional needs are covered. There are now dietary supplements available that specifically address nutrition and aging needs. At a minimum, choose a product that includes a good range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, with detailed information.
You must be committed to a healthy lifestyle in order to enjoy its benefits. If you are not willing to make the extra effort, you will enjoy minimal anti-aging benefits.
About the Author
Chris Chenoweth is the author of the DO-IT-YOURSELF HOME, HEALTH & MONEY GUIDE, 500 pages of household tips, home remedies, diet and nutrition information, health issues and thousands of recipes! http://www.money-home-biz.com. Learn how to burn fat with one of the most effective fat-burning systems available, the BURN THE FAT program. http://www.ezniche.com/data/article.php?l=18
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