As we all know, aging is inevitable. How you age is not.
It’s never too late to start caring for your body and mind. Everything you do in life cumulatively contributes to your aging—for better or worse. Healthy aging consists of two components working collectively: physical and mental well-being. By keeping these optimized you can stave off age-related disease.
Here are five easy and inexpensive tips to help keep your body and mind healthy:
1. Feed your body.
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables along with organic lean proteins can help you nourish your body with anti-inflammatory foods. According to Andrew Weil, M.D., in his book, “Healthy Aging“: “Inflammation is a common root of many chronic diseases … inflammation suggests a ‘fire within’ … and processed foods increase inflammation.” By decreasing the consumption of processed foods, you will delay the onset of age-related disease.
2. Fuel your brain.
A diet rich in antioxidants (e.g. berries, whole grains, nuts, dark chocolate), helps fuel your brain so that you can concentrate and think clearly. “Eating a well-balanced diet will enable you to get all those important nutrients for brain function to keep your mind sharp.” (EverydayHealth.com)
3. Challenge your body and brain.
Being active at least 30 minutes a day is the best thing you can do for your health. A regular practice of movement such as walking can decrease your risk of hypertension, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, etc. “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. with one in three seniors dying with it or another dementia.” (Alzheimer’s Association)
4. Drink water.
Your brain is approximately 78 percent water, so it is imperative to stay hydrated. Water is vital to your health because it keeps your cells producing the energy you need to function every day. Your urine is a useful indicator of proper hydration and should be pale in color.
5. Manage stress.
Through a regular practice of gratitude, meditation, deep breathing, and/or performing relaxing activities like gardening or arts and crafts, you lower heart-damaging stress levels.
When a healthy brain and body work in tandem, they each help the other stay strong so you can actively pursue all that life has to offer. All it takes are a few healthy lifestyle choices to stay young! Small sustainable choices lead to lasting remarkable changes.