Heartly Thanks to Jason Lewis for this beautiful guest post.
When we are young, our bodies and minds are more resilient. We don’t have to treat them as well or put too much focus on their overall care and things are usually still okay. Youth is just like that. While your golden years are, in most ways, much better than your youth, one thing seniors don’t enjoy is that same degree of elasticity when it comes to their overall physical and mental health. The fact is this: Seniors must take control and focus on things that can truly boost their quality of life. Here are some good places to start.
Prioritize Preventative Care
Anything you do to treat your body and mind right is technically preventative care, but what we mean here is prioritizing things that allow you to catch impending maladies before they become a grave concern. Hassle or not, you need to keep up with regular checkups at your family doctor and follow through on every recommended health screening you’re advised to take.
Treat Pain Naturally.
You become more vulnerable to chronic pain in your golden years, but that shouldn’t stop you from achieving an active lifestyle. While conventional medicine is a common route to treat your symptoms, it could also come with side effects. Instead, try a more natural approach by taking CBD oil. Short for cannabidiol, CBD comes from cannabis, but it doesn’t get you intoxicated. It’s been proven to help treat health problems associated with pain, such as muscle tension, sleep disorders, and depression. If you’re considering this natural alternative, read an online guide that compares the best CBD oils on the market.
Try Energy-Boosting Supplements.
Seniors a prone to being tired, feeling generally lethargic, and lacking the energy and vitality they once had. Safe supplements designed to boost energy can help. Of course, you need to be specific about your needs and consult your doctor before starting any supplemental regimen. There plenty of great options depending on your preferences. Do you need an all-day boost or just a midday pick-me-up? Do you want to take a pill or mix your energy up in a beverage? There’s likely an option out there that suits your lifestyle.
Yoga can also become the best energy booster for young and old age people.
Focus on the Big Three
What are the big three in terms of overall health?
That would be diet, exercise, and sleep. Get all three in order and you can improve the quantity and quality of your golden years.
Proper nutrition for seniors isn’t all that different from proper nutrition for people of any age — with a few extra flourishes. It’s not complicated. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, get most of your protein from fish and beans, eat whole grains, and focus on healthy fats (like olive oil). Seniors should also introduce more calcium into their diets (dairy, perhaps) to help with bone strength.
Exercise doesn’t need to be complicated or overly strenuous. Seniors should try to average about 30 to 45 minutes of moderate exercise per day while focusing on specific types of exercise that won’t put undue strain on the bones and joints. Swimming, yoga, and resistance band training are just a few of your best options.
Sleep can be tougher to correct if you have issues, but it’s possible. Getting enough good-quality sleep can improve everything, from your immune system and cardiovascular system to your mental health. Seniors should limit daytime naps, watch what they eat close to bedtime, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and control their melatonin regulation by getting natural sunlight during the day and making their bedrooms darker and impermeable to light at nighttime.
The importance of socialization for seniors cannot be overstated. Whether you meet up with friends for a card game every week, stay involved in your church functions, or prioritize spending a lot of time with your family, just make sure you stay social. This is key to fighting depression, anxiety, and the common loneliness that comes with aging.
Taking charge of your overall health in your senior years don’t have to be complicated, but it does require a high degree of tenacity. Your golden years can be among the best of your life if you take simple steps to stay social, eat and sleep right, take natural medicine, exercise daily, and supplement yourself when necessary.
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