Commonly Neglected Issues to Address for Healthy Aging

By on July 2, 2020
healthy aging

From the time we’re in our 30s, most of us would do just about anything for a few minutes of frolicking in the fountain of youth. This desire can also lead us to some pretty suspect purchases that don’t do anything but provide a placebo effect. In an attempt to turn back the hands of time, we might buy expensive creams or undergo surgical procedures. And while these things may provide a lift in our skin and spirits, they aren’t doing anything for our healthy aging. 

But if we pull back the layers and dig into the reasons why some people age faster than others, we’ll see that it has nothing to do with lotions and injections. It has to do with the way we treat our bodies.

Here are some commonly neglected issues to address for healthy aging. 

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Alcohol consumption

Have you ever noticed that you can tell if someone has endured a life of heavy drinking? This is because alcohol is bad for the body in a few ways. Alcohol is dehydrating and taxing on the liver. It can also interfere with sleep and nutrition and even cause your body to become depleted of certain nutrients. The consequences of long-term alcohol use are even more significant than the surface level. One study found that drinking 100 to 200 grams of alcohol per week could shorten a 40-year-old’s life span by six months. 

Hormonal balance

When you think about aging, you may not think about hormonal balance apart from menopause, but it’s an important factor in how you look and feel. Progesterone, testosterone, estrogen, and cortisol play vital roles in the aging process. They must maintain a delicate balance, and if it gets disturbed, it will take a serious toll on your body and mind. Menopause is a great example of this, and the better you manage your hormones, the smoother the process will be. Something like losing weight after menopause can be a struggle, but if you focus on balancing hormones, it will feel like less of an uphill battle.  

You can support hormonal health by getting enough protein at every meal, avoiding stress, engaging in regular exercise, and adding more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. There are also many herbal adaptogens that may help balance your hormones, but be sure to talk to your doctor before adding any herbal supplements to your routine. They may conflict with medications you’re taking, which could be dangerous.

Focus on gut health

The gut is involved in so many important processes in the body, and it’s an interesting correlation that many of these processes begin slowing down as we age, and our gut immune response becomes less effective. This leads to inflammation, increased frailty, and a predisposition to intestinal illnesses. This isn’t to say that taking a probiotic will turn back the hands of time, but it certainly won’t hurt you as you progress in the natural process of healthy aging. Healthy gut bacteria declines as we age, so it’s probably a good idea to offer a boost where we can.  

No one wants to age, but as we like to say, it’s better than the alternative. We can’t stop the clock from ticking, nor would we really want to. But we can take better care of ourselves every day to promote healthy aging and possibly add a few months or years to our time here.

The aging process will forge ahead no matter what we do, but we can tackle it gracefully. Avoid bad habits like drinking alcohol and try to take good care of your body, mind, and spirit. When you’re happy and healthy, age is just a number.

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Commonly Neglected Issues to Address for Healthy Aging