Aging & Healthy Eating
1 AnswerDoris Day, MD, Dermatology, answeredYour diet affects your skin dramatically, and improving it can help reduce the signs of aging. Only a small percentage of what you eat ends up in your skin, which means you have to pay special attention to eating only the best foods that are packed with proper vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy fats and fiber to make it all work. That will give your skin its best chance of getting what it needs from the inside. Also, watch salt and alcohol since they dehydrate and add stress to your skin.
3 AnswersSusan Evans, Dermatology, answeredAs you age, your body has different nutritional requirements. When you are in your 40s you need a low-fat and high-fiber diet complete with Omega-3 essential fatty acids. This will help reduce your calories, boost your metabolism, and keep your heart healthy too.
During your 50s, calcium and phytoestrogens become extra important nutritional needs. If you find yourself suddenly struggling with weight gain due to hormonal changes, you will also need to reduce your calories and modify your lifestyle with increased healthy activities.
As you progress through your 60s, you need to maintain a balanced diet. Increasing your fiber intake can help combat some bowel problems that become more common during this age range.
2 AnswersJacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answeredHere are 5 quick energy and pain-relief tips that can help those of you who are over 45 feel great!
1. Stay hydrated!
Staying optimally hydrated is critical to get nutrients to your cells and wash away toxins. The next time you find yourself tired during the day, drink a glass of cold water and see how dramatically your energy picks up almost instantly. Over half of our body is made of water. So, it's not surprising that even mild dehydration can cause fatigue and poor concentration. A body even a half-quart low on water can make you noticeably tired.
2. Get 8 hours of sleep at night.
This not only helps energy and mental clarity, but also keeps you younger looking, decreases pain and optimizes immune function. Herbal sleep aids like valerian, passion flower, hops, Jamaican dogwood, wild lettuce and theanine can leave you sleeping like a baby.
3. Take ribose, the healthy energy booster.
Caffeine and sugar are energy loan sharks. On the other hand, a special nutrient called "ribose" has been shown to increase energy an average of 61%, even in very fatigued people with CFS or fibromyalgia. Get the powder form, which looks and tastes like sugar. Use 3 grams twice a day for mild fatigue or 5 grams three times a day for severe fatigue.
4. Get out into the sunshine.
The traditional advice to avoid sunshine is lately being recognized as ill advised, just as the old AMA recommendations to smoke cigarettes were found to be wrong! Our bodies get vitamin D from sunshine, and vitamin D deficiency is becoming rampant because of our sunshine phobia. The cost? Increased diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain and much more. The right advice? Avoid sunburn, not sunshine!
5. Got osteoporosis? Be cautious of calcium-only supplements.
Don't take calcium supplements unless they have vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin K in them as well. Calcium supplements were shown in a recent review to markedly increase heart attack risk, with modest osteoporosis benefit. Another review shows that a low-cost and safe mineral called strontium (340-680 mg a day) was 170% as effective as the medication Fosamax, and without the side effects!
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1 AnswerYour change to a newer, healthier life starts in your refrigerator. The first thing you need in there are plenty of foods rich in antioxidants.
But what are antioxidants? Why are they so good at fighting aging?
To explain, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, compares apples to apples. Let’s say one half of an apple was sprinkled with lemon juice, and the other was not. While the lemony half remains new and crisp-looking, the untreated half becomes brown and shriveled because of exposure to oxygen, also called oxidation. "The same thing happens to our skin, to our heart, to our eyes," Dr. Oz says. "All of our bodies need to have the antioxidants."
As the name implies, antioxidants do to your body what the lemon juice does to an apple -- help prevent the damage caused by oxygen exposure.
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Exercise goes hand in hand with eating right -- and the more colorful the fruits and vegetables are that comprise your meals, the more effective they are at preventing free radicals from aging you.
Flavonoids and carotenoids are plant-based antioxidants that remove free radicals from our foods. Plants with colorful skins protect them from the sun's rays, increasing the release of antioxidants into the food.
A "carotenoid fruit bowl" includes fruits with colorful skins like apples, oranges, grapes, and apricots.
2 AnswersDiscovery Health answered
Some scientists think that eating significantly fewer calories could increase a person's lifespan by about four or five years. Studies show that eliminating up to 30 percent of daily calories while still consuming all necessary nutrients can cause mice, fruit flies and other animals to have longer lifespan. There have been no formal studies in humans; however, in Japan after World Wars I and II, when food supplies were slim, fewer people died from coronary artery disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and other aging-related diseases. There are drawbacks to eating less, such as loss of libido, loss of memory and muscle mass, and cessation of menstrual periods.