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Important Health Habits To Add Life In Your 50's

Posted by Dr. Donna Restivo on Jan 10, 2019 11:45:12 AM

In Health Tips, Activities, mental health

Age is inevitable. While it can be daunting to get older, the best thing you can do is embrace it and be prepared for each season of life. Each stage of life comes with new issues, and it’s important to be prepared for them so you can focus on thriving instead of simply surviving. Here are a few tips that will help you live your 50s to the fullest.

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Get the proper amount of sleep. There is nothing that can heal the body quite like sleep. A solid eight to nine hours of sleep a night allows for time to repair muscles and cells and according to one study, those who got this amount every night, lived longer than those with limited shut-eye. Joint pain and hot flashes caused by hormone changes can disturb your sleep pattern, so be sure to prioritize your time and always leave enough hours for rest.

Take care of your bones. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…bone health is extremely important for women in their 50s, due to the constantly changing hormones that lead to decreased bone density. Focus on maintaining a diet that is high in vitamin D, vitamin K, magnesium, and calcium. If you have no weight-bearing exercises as a part of your routine, it’s time to add them, as walking, jogging and weight training will do wonders for building the necessary bone tissue needed to strengthen your skeletal system. 

Focus on your gut health. When you enter the later years of life, it’s more important than ever to make sure that you are getting beneficial bacteria. The probiotics in your gut can be a source of healthy aging and it’s known to promote better sleep, improve memory, and raise your energy levels, allowing you to stay more physically active. When we have a thriving colony of probiotics in our bellies, we naturally produce the proper vitamins and enzymes that aid in boosting our immune system, regulating metabolism, and bettering joint and bone health. One way to ensure that your gut continues to produce good bacteria, is to avoid processed foods, antibiotics, and the overuse of antibacterial cleaners that can deplete the good bacteria needed to keep us thriving and healthy. 

Keep moving. Not only is exercise good for your body, but it does wonders for keeping your brain sharp. When we get older, the part of our brain that is associated with memory, the hippocampus, shrinks and can lead to cognitive impairment. When we exercise, our brains grow significantly and in one study, exercising adults saw a 2% increase in their hippocampus over a year. The participants who simply stretched, had a 1.4% decline in their hippocampus size.

 


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