Never Do This Over 50, Health Experts Say – Eat This, Not That
It is undeniable that our body will undergo changes as we age. Although we can’t do anything to age, we can prevent many health problems by adopting an active and healthy lifestyle. Turning the big 5-0 doesn’t have to be scary, but it’s a time when bad habits really take their toll. Dr Seema Bonneythe founder and medical director of Anti-Aging & Longevity Center of Philadelphia explains: “There are several changes that will gradually start to occur after age 50. Metabolism slows down, in general we need 200 fewer calories per day after age 50. Collagen production slows down, collagen is essential for the health of skin, joints and ligaments.Skin becomes thinner and therefore more fragile which can lead to dryness, be sure to hydrate often.Hormonal changes – menopause and andropause which lead to a range of symptoms that vary from person to person. Bone density decreases, usually more in women than estrogen. Hair may start thinning with age due to lower collagen levels. These are just a few- some of the changes we may notice as we age. However, there are steps we can take to help slow the aging process and improve vitality, performance, and health. é, by implementing habits that promote longevity.” Eat this, not that! Health spoke with experts who reveal eight things to stop doing over 50 now to stay healthy. Read on to learn more and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs COVID is hurting you, even after testing negative.
Dr Viraj Shah OD, VSP Network Eye Doctor says, “Too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can accelerate the aging process, damage the eyes, resulting in blurred vision, light sensitivity, and more. It is crucial to wear sunglasses that offer 100% UVA protection. and UVB rays that protect your vision and the delicate skin around your eyes. Be sure to go to a reliable source like your eye doctor where you can be sure that the sunglasses you get will protect your eyes properly.
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“Smoking, not getting enough sleep, or eating unhealthy foods can often increase your risk of developing vision and other serious health problems,” says Dr. Shah. “It can also trigger allergies, puffiness, and dark circles under your eyes. Your eye doctor can recommend lifestyle changes you can make to keep your eyes healthy for years to come.”
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Dr Bonney says anyone over the age of 50 should quit immediately: “Not having regular preventive exams, lab work and screenings. Additionally, these exams should include a review of your lifestyle, your sleep, stress management, nutrition and exercise habits Knowledge of your personal biometrics and micronutrient levels combined with proactive lifestyle change can have a profound impact on optimizing your health and longevity.”
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According to Dr. Bonney, “We lose muscle mass as we age and our metabolism decreases. Find ways to move daily, aim for 10,000 steps, engage in regular strength training at least 2x per week and 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise. Daily exercise may also improve brain health.”
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“Food is medicine,” says Dr. Bonney. “A plant-rich diet will provide you with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help prevent chronic disease and inflammation. Lean protein is essential to help build and maintain muscle mass, which is important for a active lifestyle, injury prevention, and a strong metabolism. Make sure you get enough fiber in your diet. Fiber supports heart health, blood sugar stabilization, digestion, and satiety.
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Dr. Susan Landerssays MD, “Alcohol abuse disorder creeps into overworked and overworked professionals. We use alcohol to relax, unwind and be sociable, but if the amounts increase over the years as our tolerance increases, we can expect to see weight gain, loss of balance and liver changes, to name a few.”
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Dr. Landers says don’t: “Avoid hobbies and ways of practicing mindfulness. Hobbies allow us to disconnect from work and connect to our subconscious. One of my favorites was sewing. The piano worked well too. Creativity and good ideas come from that kind of spontaneous right-brain thinking.”
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“Avoiding any (your) personal signs of burnout” is a big mistake, especially after age 50, says Dr. Landers. “Overwork and unmanaged job stress lead to burnout, which manifests as physical and emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and lack of self-efficacy. Partial burnout syndrome (one or two of the three components) can occur and each requires different treatment, different attention.” And to live your healthiest life, don’t miss these life-saving tips I am a doctor and this is the #1 sign that you have cancer.