Preparing Our Bodies For Those Advancing Years
There is no way to stop the aging process. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s true. Cosmetic surgery is only skin deep, and that doesn’t remedy the aging effects occurring under the skin. We are at our peak in our 20’s and from then on our cells, and bone structure degenerates.
Advancing in years can be a stressful experience, but by understanding the process and the changes ahead of us, we can begin to accept the inevitable.
Every piece of our body ages, from our hair to our feet. There isn’t sufficient space to cover every aspect of the aging process, so instead, we are going to look at two. Ever been told that you are all skin and bones? Then read on.
Your skin will become thinner, more elastic, and prone to bruising easier. Wrinkles start to show from around the age of 30. So what can you do?
For starters, protect your skin from the sun which makes your skin age quicker. Don’t even think about heading to that tanning bed either, as the effects are the same. If you do love to be outside, wear a hat and layer yourself in sunscreen, but don’t overdo the sunbathing.
Apply moisturizer each day to give your skin a youthful look. Exfoliate those zits to prevent scarring. You can use a variety of body scrubs, but to be honest, soap and water will do just as well to remove the grime from your face.
Be careful what your body consumes as that also has an effect on your skin. Fruit and vegetables are good, and unsurprisingly, smoking is not.
Last, but not least, sleep well each night. Good rest prevents dark circles forming around your eyes, and you will feel rejuvenated.
As with the skin, your bones will shrink and become weaker, becoming more prone to fractures and breakages. You will likely get arthritis from any broken joints suffered when you were younger. Bone diseases include osteoporosis and spinal compression. Check out this video from Dr. Kern Singh as he performs pain-relieving surgery for one such sufferer.
While some bone diseases are inevitable, there are still ways to keep your bones strong as you develop. One of the more crucial ways is to increase your calcium intake, from drinking milk and eating foods such as cheese and spinach. Now you know where Popeye’s muscles came from! Vitamin D absorbs the calcium into the bones, so fish, egg yolk and over the counter supplements will help.
Sunlight is a good source of vitamin D, but remember to reduce your exposure. Around 15 minutes of sun a day is enough to get your required vitamin level.
Finally, exercise is essential for building up your muscles and strengthening your joints. Proven ways to prevent the onset of osteoporosis include walking, jogging, and aerobics. Whatever you do, go at a pace that suits you and build up over time.
Remember, the above is only a guideline. Seek medical help if you have any concerns about any aspect of your body.
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