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Aging: Not Just For The Young Anymore

Aging is a biological process that affects not only our bodies but our minds, as well. While some people grow old gracefully, others fight Mother Nature every step of the way. No matter which type of person you are, the information contained in this article gives you a wealth of tips, hints and advice on the physical and mental effects of aging and the different ways in which you can combat, control or learn to live peacefully with these changes.

Sugar has been proven to have an growing older affect. You don't have to cut it out of your life completely, but definitely cut back on it. It has been shown to actually reduce the lifespan in multiple studies. Stick with foods that are naturally sweet like fruits to help your sweet cravings.

Make sure you are eating REAL whole grains to help your body get the nutrients that it needs. Most whole grains that you see in the store have been processed to the point that they are not much better than a piece of white bread. Eating whole grains like oats, quinoa and brown rice will give you the vitamins, minerals and fiber you need to keep feeling your best.

In order to age gracefully, be sure to see your doctor regularly! Putting off appointments with your doctor could really be detrimental in your overall health. Regular checkups make is possible for your doctor to catch problems while they are small enough to fix. Save yourself a good bit of time, money and grief by keeping those appointments.

Surround yourself with wonderful people. If you find that the people that you spend a majority of your time with are grouchy more often than they are happy, consider looking for a new group of friends to hang out with. Happiness is contagious and if you are surrounded by it, you are likely to be joyful as well.

To help slow the process of growing older, try to stay as active as possible, for your given circumstance. Sitting idly, will speed up muscular decay and before you know it, you will be stuck with a sedentary lifestyle. Even a lap around the block would be beneficial.

As the years pass, your home begins to become a place you consider a safe place. Make sure you make your home yours and personalize it. This will ensure that you can relax once you finally get home from a hard and long day. Your home will comfort you.

You must get plenty of calcium to aid in the prevention of osteoporosis. Milk, skim milk, yogurt, and low-fat cheeses can be good ways to get calcium. Broccoli contains a large amount of calcium as well as other veggies. And take your calcium supplements. Women need 1500 to 2000 mg after menopause and men after the age of 65.

Get a tea break into your daily routine. Teas have some fabulous benefits when it comes to age prevention. They are chock full of healthy antioxidants and other cancer-battling ingredients. Plus the break itself can be an amazing stress reliever in its own right. Tea breaks are one of the healthiest habits you can form!

Keep a close friend or minister on speed dial so you can talk to them about anything at anytime. If you are able to find at least one person that you can tell anything, you are sure to relieve the burdens that you may carry if you do not let those thoughts out.

Keep on dancing. Regular physical exertion increases oxygen flow to the brain and strengthens cells by releasing necessary protein. Older adults who remain physically active are much less likely to develop dementia and similar diseases, and dance is a wonderful way to keep moving. If you have a swimming pool, aquatics can also be effective.

Using olive oil is a key to keep your body looking and feeling young. Olive oil is a versatile, delicious and healthy way to reap the benefits of good oil for your body. Over the years, oils have gotten a bad rap from nutritionists, but oils are essential for keeping a body healthy.

Everyone suffers from a certain amount of stress in their life, but in order to keep the growing older process slow and graceful, it's important to keep stress at bay. A great way to do this is by practicing relaxation techniques. There are a wide variety of techniques available including meditation, yoga and tai chi. Pick the method that you are most comfortable with and be sure to practice it several times a week to slow down the getting older process.

Despite popular dogma, older folks need as much sleep as younger people, which is at least 7 or 8 hours nightly. If you get that much sleep and still feel sleepy during the day, see your doctor because you may have sleep apnea. People afflicted with sleep apnea repeatedly pause breathing while asleep. Left untreated, this disorder can increase your chances of heart disease and other problems.

Appoint someone to handle your affairs in case you become incapacitated. If something happens and you are unable to care for your own health, decide who will take charge of those decisions for you. Talk to them about what kinds of things you want done. You can't know if you will need a health care proxy, but have one in place just in case. It's hard to think about things like this, but it is sensible to plan for this kind of eventuality, whether young or old.

As people age, muscle tone is compromised naturally. If you have jiggly skin between your elbows to armpits you will want to try to tone that area before it is too late to do anything about it. Getting rid of this type of flab can be done using very light weights and modified push ups.

At some point in life, it may no longer be feasible to live alone. Discuss your options with your loved ones. If a family member is not able to take you in, there are a variety of specialized facilities that are able to care for you. If you cannot live alone, look into a community of older people that you can socialize with.

Water is very important if you want to achieve healthy growing older. This is because water is instrumental in maintaining proper bodily functions. It is recommended by age management doctors to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. This will help in hydrating the skin and in delivering necessary nutrients throughout the body.

Now that you have the knowledge that you need to stay healthy and beautiful through all phases of your life, you can relax and enjoy every single moment. Getting Older well is not hard when you know how. Apply what you've learned here and a longer, healthier life is in store for you.

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