Tips For Boosting Vitality

Don’t fall for the myth that aging automatically means you’re not going to feel well anymore.  Not all illness or pain is avoidable, but many of the physical challenges associated with aging can be greatly lessened by eating right, exercising, and taking care of yourself.

It’s never too late to start!  No matter how old you are or how unhealthy you’ve been in the past, caring for your body has enormous benefits that will help you stay active, sharpen your memory, boost your immune system, manage health problems, and increase your energy.

Eating well is more important than ever
As you age, your relationship to food changes along with your body.  A decreased metabolism, changes in taste and smell, and slower digestion may affect your appetite, the foods you can eat, and how your body processes food. The key is to figure out how to adapt to your changing needs.

Load up on high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Your whole digestive system is slower, so fiber is very important. Consume fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruit, and vegetables.  They will help you feel more energetic and give you fuel to keep going.

Put effort into making your food look and taste good. Your taste buds aren’t as strong and your appetite may not be the same, but your nutritional needs are just as important as ever.

Watch out for dehydration.  Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluid, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you’re not getting enough water, you’re not going to be as sharp and your energy will suffer.

Make meals a social event. It’s more enjoyable to eat with others than alone. Invite people over. You can share cooking and cleanup duties.

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