Six more tips for staying young
#1 Be regular
When you eat fiber-rich carbs such as vegetables, you should have good digestion. It pays to look in your toilet bowl after a bowel movement. Your body should eliminate at least one brown soft stool per day. If your stools are black, hard and lumpy, or don’t happen on a daily basis, you’ve got a digestive problem.
Some say death begins in the colon. If it takes too long for food to progress through the digestive/waste removal system, pollutants seep back into the body.
#2 Calcium and other minerals are required for strong bones.
When you don’t take in enough calcium, the body borrows its daily needs from your bones, leaving them brittle and weak. Calcium is found in dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Consume the low fat varieties.
#3 Exercise, exercise, exercise
Inactivity hastens the aging process. Exercise does the opposite. Mix aerobic exercises such as walking, bicycling and swimming with simple strength-training exercises to rebuild muscle tissue.
Add daily doses of muscle and spine stretching.
While a modest amount of activity is better than none, daily stretching plus at least three half hour sessions a week of aerobic activity plus three half hour sessions of strength building makes for a healthy body.
#4 Take supplements
Supplements make up for any nutrients missing in your daily food intake. Taking calcium and other minerals, plus Vitamins C and D are examples..
#5 Vitamin C helps avoid cataracts
Yes, cataracts can be avoided. If you want to see throughout your life, then consume “C.” Cataract formation is just one of the many damaging effects of oxidation in the body.
Antioxidants are the solution. Eat citrus fruits, tomatoes, and orange, yellow, and green vegetables to get the antioxidant power of vitamin C and the carotenoids.
Since vitamin C is water soluble, it tends to dissolve within 12 hours after consumption. If you can’t eat a piece of fruit both morning and evening, then supplement at either time of the day.
#6 Vitamin D
Vitamin D is required to enable your body to absorb calcium effectively. Many milk products are fortified with vitamin D. Vitamin D is created naturally when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Getting out in the sun is the simplest way to get your D.
If you can’t get out in the sun, supplement. People ages 51 t0 70 should get 400 IU of vitamin D per day, and people over 70 should get 600 IU per day according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Other research recommends up to 2,000 ID of vitamin D per day.
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