Age & Enlightenment: Improving Your Quality Of Life

As humans, we all have many things in common, and regardless of our differences, we all get older. And as we get older we need to prepare our bodies and minds for change. As we get ourselves into that frame of mind, it can be difficult to contemplate, especially if you are at an age where you are starting to lose people you love. But there are things you can do to improve your own quality of life.

 

Looking After Your Senses

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We find that our senses slowly decline as we age. From issues with eyesight to hearing problems, but as there is so much support and help out there from, of course, glasses to hearing aids, your ability to enjoy life shouldn’t be affected by these ailments. The one big thing we need to look after as we age is our minds. And while we may all have concerns about succumbing to degenerative brain conditions like alzheimer’s or dementia there are things we can do to keep our minds sharp. They are things such as learning a language or a musical instrument, or doing that daily sudoku puzzle in the paper, and it’s also important to remember the impact that moderate exercise can have on your brain. While we may associate gym bunnies with below average intelligence, in actual fact exercising is very good for strengthening the neurological connections in your brain.

The Importance Of A Healthy Diet

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It has been said countless times, but in order to maintain your physical health, you need to have an excellent diet. By having a varied diet of fruits, vegetables, and proteins as well as complex carbohydrates, you will be able to replenish yourself, but don’t forget that variety is the spice of life. So make sure you do treat yourself to that burger, but try to limit it to once a week!

 

Looking After Your Bones

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The right diet will provide you with all the necessary vitamins and minerals to look after your body, but your bone structure is something you need to keep an eye on as you age because bones can become thinner and therefore more brittle which can result in osteoporosis. You can speak to health professionals to get advice on how to increase your bone mass. But sufficient research has shown that an adequate supply of vitamin D, as well as the more common method of having a high calcium intake, has been shown to maintain bone mass. But also the effects of exercise, specifically weight lifting, has shown to have an impact on the density of your bones. It is also worth having a supplement like glucosamine and chondroitin to help give your bones a bit more help, as well as eat foods that contain collagen (which is mainly meats).

 

The issues we all have to contend with as we get older become more complicated but the way we can say healthy boils down to simple approaches, namely your diet, looking after your senses, and making sure you enjoy yourself. Variety is important, but you also need to make sure you are enjoying life as you age, so be healthy where you can but make sure you let your hair down too!

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