Senior Living Blog

Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Health

April 22, 2019

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Most of us have heard the conventional wisdom on what it takes to stay healthy as we age – exercise, eat right and abstain from smoking and drinking to excess. For some of us, these things can be challenging – either because physical limitations make it difficult or we simply lack the willpower to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

With that in mind, we thought it would be worthwhile to share some things that can improve your health that are easy and perhaps even enjoyable.

Become more socially active
As human beings, we are, by nature, social beings. As we age, socialization continues to be critically important to our overall well-being. Several studies have shown that people who are more social get sick less and have healthier minds. A study from the Rush University Memory and Aging Project concluded that a higher level of social engagement in old age is associated with better cognitive function.

Practice gratitude
A study conducted by Robert Emmons, University of California, Davis, and Michael McCullough, University of Miami, discovered that people who practiced gratitude regularly were more optimistic, which led to an increased sense of well-being. By practicing the simple act of becoming aware of what we have to be thankful for, we can drastically improve the quality of our life.

Spending a few moments each day in silence and focusing on your breath can reduce stress, enhance rehabilitation, and improve brain health. Deep breathing in particularly helpful in reducing anxiety.

Brush your teeth with a dry toothbrush before adding toothpaste
Oral hygiene is an essential part of aging well. Numerous studies have shown a link between gum disease and heart disease. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that patients who brushed their teeth with a dry toothbrush before adding toothpaste, saw a 63 percent reduction in plaque and a 55 percent reduction in bleeding.

Get a good night’s sleep
A lot of things are going on behind the scenes whey you’re asleep. You brain is eliminating toxic waste, which may lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Numerous studies have shown that a good night’s sleep may help prevent several serious conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. And, you’ll likely be in a better mood!

It may turn out that laughter really is the best medicine. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter reduces stress, strengthens the immune system and improves your mood. It’s also good for the heart and the brain.

Go outside
It’s a big, beautiful world out there, just waiting for you to appreciate it. Getting up off the couch and going outside has all sorts of benefits. It makes exercise feel easier, so you’ll be inclined to do more. It can increase creativity, reduce stress, and may even help us age more gracefully. Those who get out of the house more often have significantly fewer complaints regarding pain, sleep problems, and a decline in the ability to perform activities of daily living.

Add some plants to your room
Plants help purify indoor air – spider plants, which are one of the easiest houseplants to grow, reduce formaldehyde. Dracaena comes in 40 different varieties and removes benzene and xylene. As a bonus, plants add beauty to almost any space in your home.

Drink more water
You’ve heard it a million times – that’s because it’s that important. Proper hydration is essential to maintain every system in your body. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, help eliminate waste, and keep you looking younger. If you want a little variety, add some fruit juice to your water.

Categories: Healthy Aging