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Age Gracefully With This Advice And Tips

Aging is inevitable; we all do it and we all do it all the time. Being prepared for it and doing it well is a trick to a long, successful and happy life. You only have to know a few things about getting older to do it well, and this article has a few things for you to learn.

Determine how much sleep your body needs a night and then make sure you get it. Lack of good regular sleep is a possible cause of premature getting older. Just because you're getting older does not mean that you need less sleep. Our bodies function better when they have had a full nights sleep. Studies have shown that it is very hard to recover from a sleep deficit so keep to a pattern as much as possible.

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.

Try to quit smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes that you smoke each day. Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death. However, it is never too late to stop smoking, and as soon as you quit, your risk of having a heart attack decreases. By quitting you could also save yourself a lot of money.

Laugh often and live long. Laughter is very good for you. It keeps your spirits high and keeps the blood flowing. It will increase positive hormones in your body that will help to eliminate some of the toxins in your blood stream. Laugh until you have to gasp for breath.

Eat more nuts throughout the day. Nuts are a great food to help prevent aging. They have many healthy vitamins, minerals and fats, which will help balance your daily nutrition. Plus, they are an excellent way to stop your processed food cravings between meals, leading you to a much healthier lifestyle!

Wonderful memories will be produced by getting out of the house and traveling. You may not have the budget or the health to go on long vacations but just getting out of the house and going to the mall, park or theater is going to make you feel like life is worth living.

Eat more nuts throughout the day. Nuts are a great food to help prevent growing older. They have many healthy vitamins, minerals and fats, which will help balance your daily nutrition. Plus, they are an excellent way to stop your processed food cravings between meals, leading you to a much healthier lifestyle!

As you age, discuss with your doctor what vitamins and supplements you want to take. Often times our bodies become less efficient at extracting the nutrients we need from the food eat, so we need supplements. Ensuring you get the right nutrition is of paramount importance as you go through the growing older process.

A good way to reduce the impact of lines around the eyes is to wear sunglasses. Not only does this prevent squinting and causing crows feet, but sunglasses block the sun from hitting those high wrinkle areas and damaging the skin. So wearing sunglasses has a dual effect on the anti-growing older process.

Why not try some proven and well-received Chinese methods which can be either preventative or pro-active? Adding shiitake, maitake, morel and reishi mushrooms in your diet will help lower cholesterol, give you an energy boost, can help prevent high blood pressure and give your immune system overall protection. If the thought of mushrooms is distasteful to you, you can take them in supplement form.

Write your life story down. It doesn't have to be a major novel, but create some account of your life so that your children or grandchildren can get to know all of the things you've seen and gone through during your life. No children? Do it for relatives or friends.

Don't overeat! Overeating is one of the most common factors in shortening your life span. You don't want to starve yourself, but you should be conscious of the amount of calories you're taking in each day. Check with your doctor and find out the amount of calories you should be taking in based on your age, gender, and body type, and try to stick to that number.

Have the seasonal flu vaccine every year. As you get older, you will become more susceptible to illnesses, including the flu. The flu can also do more damage on an older body. So to stay healthy throughout that November-April flu season, have a flu shot every year, preferably in September or October.

Make sure that you only do things that make you happy. This might be common sense, but for many people, it is easier said than done. When you are in your advanced years, there is no reason why you should waste your remaining years on trivial matters that make you unhappy. Be selective on what you think about, and make the rest of your life as happy as possible.

As you get older, fortify your diet with more healthy foods like fish, vegetables and fruits. As you age, your body becomes more sensitive to artificial ingredients that are found in processed foods. Keeping your diet full of healthier alternatives will save your body from the adverse effects of the artificial fillers.

As a person grows older, their brain may not be as sensitive to the need to hydrate as it once was. Therefore, it's more important than ever for seniors to consciously drink 8 8-oz. glasses of water per day. Dehydration is common among older people who do not realize they need to drink adequate fluids in order for their cells to function properly.

When you are getting older a good thing to do is to make sure you get enough exercise on a daily basis. You should consult with your family doctor before you do any exercise routine that you are unsure of. The doctor knows what your body can handle and what you should do.

Throughout life, the body replaces and repairs itself. As we age, the body's ability to heal itself slows. Many people begin to feel the effects of getting older as early as 40 but the generally accepted age when individuals become 'aged' is the age of retirement, 65. Despite this, many elderly individuals remain independent and free of serious disease.

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