With age comes wisdom, financial security, and declining health. But that last one doesn’t have to be that way. If we don’t stay on top of our health it starts naturally declining in our 20s, and I don’t know about you, but I plan to live to live for almost another century after that, but that’s a lot of years for our health to deteriorate.
Harsh words . . . maybe, but if it saves us from heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and god knows that list goes on, then so be it. Here are 5 ways to get on top of your health.
OK, not to start the article off by scaring you but this first one won’t be easy to hear. After you hit 25 your metabolism starts to decrease — this is natural as you’re not building bone anymore so it can’t be avoided. It’s not that it decreases that’s scary, but by how much.
You can expect your metabolism to decrease at a rate of 1-2% each year after you hit the ripe ol’ age of 25. To put that into perspective, if you can eat 2000 calories max at 25 without putting on any fat, by age 50 you might be only able to consume 1500 at most. Yikes!
This is why diet, and more importantly exercising, are critical if we want to stay at a healthy weight as we age.
Stress kills! You know that stress is hard on the body, but do you know how? Stress releases the chemicals adrenaline and noradrenaline, and this raises your heart rate and prevents adequate blood flow to both the brain and the musculoskeletal system. As well, glucose levels rise to provide the body with extra energy to combat the threat.
Often we forget about our needs and get caught up taking care of our loved ones, but finding the time where you can be by yourself is so important. And that can look like whatever you want it to be. Be it a TV show, meditation, or listening to music. Just make some time for yourself.
I know it’s difficult and that you’ve heard it a thousand times before, but here it is again.
Smoking and tobacco use are the leading cause of emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well, using tobacco can increase the risk of heart disease and lung, mouth, and throat cancer.
Men should drink no more than 2 drinks a day, while women should stay at just one a day.
A multivitamin may be useful if you’re commonly restricting your calories, but if you are at a healthy weight or not on a diet, a multivitamin may be a bit redundant. Instead, check out vitamin D if you’re not getting a lot of sunlight as it can dramatically improve your mood.
As well, look into fish or hemp oil as both are rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which can reduce inflammation and help give you healthier skin.
Pets play a large part in human health, there are studies which show us that being around pets and animals helps us relax, destress and keep a healthy mindset. Pets keep people happy especially pet lovers who can’t live without pets. I for one will always have animals around me. I grew up with pets, I love dogs, cats and even built a large pond in my yard which houses Gold Fish and Koi. Here is a site which I documented the build process.
That being said just as it is important to keep humans healthy, you also need to take care of your furry friends who keep you happy and healthy.
CBD oil is all the rage in 2018 because it’s been helping a lot of people and their animals with the tips from above. Natural CBD oil has been shown in studies to lower weight and balance the hormones that cause hunger and satiety in our pets. As well, many are finding it’s been a big help when it comes to anxiety and stress — some use it for everyday work-induced stress while others for their PTSD.
If that wasn’t enough, this study looked at using CBD inhalers as a replacement whenever a tobacco user wanted a cigarette and found that it significantly lowered their use. Last, like essential oils, CBD oil needs a carrier oil to improve it’s shelf life and bioavailability, and it’s common to see CBD oil with coconut oil or hemp oil. Coconut is so 2017 because oil has a much denser nutrient profile.
Stephanie Hill is the Chief Editor of Healthy Fixation and blogs regularly on various blogs and health and fitness topics. Stephanie provides personal advice on the latest health news and recommendations on health related issues and products.
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