Supporting Your Health as You Age

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Aging Gracefully & Healthy

As we grow older, our bodies start to slow down, and we’re left vulnerable to developing many different conditions. In order to live gracefully as we age and enjoy a slower pace in life, it’s important to protect ourselves through preventative care.

Here are some ways you can protect your overall wellness as you age.

Eating Well & Exercising Often

When we grow older, our bodies become less efficient at absorbing and using vitamins and minerals, which means a healthy diet is even more essential later in life. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that you include these food groups in your diet:

  • Lean protein such as fish or beans.
  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Whole grain products such as cereal, bread, or rice.
  • Low-fat or fat-free dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or cheese.
  • Healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, and fish.

Studies have linked living a sedentary lifestyle to chronic diseases and short life expectancies — making it important to get up and move often. Here are some options to help you get moving:

  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Bike riding
  • Hiking
  • Group exercise classes

A healthy diet also includes drinking plenty of water. For proper hydration, you should drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, but many studies show drinking half your body weight in water is ideal.

Quit Smoking & Limit Alcohol

Smoking and alcohol consumption can increase your risks for disease and also lead to premature aging. If you haven’t quit smoking yet, take this as your sign to start your journey to quitting.

Alcohol can also interfere with certain medications, so it’s important to speak with your doctor before having a drink. If it’s safe for you to drink, remember to drink in moderation.

Know Your Own Risks

If you have a family history of conditions that can develop later in life, you should take your doctor’s recommendations to take preventative measures for your health. No matter your risks, you should continue to see your doctor regularly for recommended screenings.

Keeping Your Mind Healthy

Your mental health has a direct impact on your overall health — making taking care of it just as important as eating a healthy diet. Stimulating your brain with word searches and puzzles or reducing stress through meditation or yoga are great ways to care for your mind.

Living a healthy lifestyle also plays an integral part in preventing conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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