It is more important than ever to take care of your health as Americans are living longer and we all want to ensure a healthier old age. However even if you are already a senior, health care professionals say it is never too late to start improving your health.
Sian Robinson, a professor of nutritional epidemiology at the University of Southampton, recently authored a study on senior nutrition and states that, “Improving the quality of your diet can have a beneficial effect on health, whatever your age.” One recommendation is to eat more foods containing fiber. Doctors report the addition of more fiber can positively impact your overall health by helping: your colon work better and avoid constipation; reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer; and lower your blood cholesterol level.
Another change that can improve your overall health as well as help to make you feel better and increase your level of energy is to add physical activity to your daily life. This also can strengthen your bones and muscles, which in turn can help to prevent falls. If you do fall, stronger bones are less likely to break. Physical active has additionally been found to help your brain as studies show people who exercise regularly make better decisions.
It is also beneficial for seniors to keep their minds active. Like our muscles, our brains need to be exercised regularly to improve memory loss and cognitive skills. Activities such as targeted brain exercises and playing word and trivia games can help. Other habits that can enhance your health include not smoking, having regular checkups and learning how to prevent falls.
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This post is intended for informational purposes only. Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.
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