As you grow older, your body begins to change, sometimes drastically. You tire more easily and find it harder to get around. Depending on your lifestyle, you could even make the aging process harder than it has to be. These eight everyday habits can cause inflammation in the body and even speed up the aging process in some cases.
Not Getting Enough Vitamin D
Neglecting to get your daily allotment of vitamin D leads to an increased occurrence of inflammation-related disorders. To get the vitamin D you need, make sure to eat cheese and get out in the sun every day. You might even need to take a vitamin D supplement, but check with your doctor to make sure first.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Like it or not you need to sleep, and not just sleep when you can, but get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Not getting enough sleep not only makes you tired, but it can lead to a hardening of your arteries. Plus, sleep gives your body the time it needs to regenerate.
Eating Too Many Carbs
Eating too many carbohydrates often leaves your body inflamed due primarily to food intolerances, gluten, and dairy. Sugar and sugar substitutes are the biggest contributors to weight gain and can raise your blood sugar to unhealthy levels. Sweet potatoes, yams, and pumpkin offer a good sweet substitute.
Dealing With Too Much Stress
Dealing with a lot of stress causes your body to not absorb nutrients the way it should, leading to an elevated blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate. This causes inflammation in your cells. Develop healthy ways to deal with stress and keep stressful situations to a minimum.
Working a Job You Hate
Disliking, or even hating, your job can lead to inflammation of the body and mood disorders. Finding a job you like might seem hard, but it is an important influencing factor in your overall health level. So, if you have a choice in where you work, take the job that you like more.
Neglecting Strength Training
Neglecting strength training over cardio leads to weakness the older you get. Muscle mass and strength decline after age 30, which can cause your metabolism to slow down. To get the exercise you need, vary your routine so that you get the occasional strength training, including working out your legs and arms.
Living a Sedentary Lifestyle
Living a sedentary lifestyle can lower your life expectancy quite a bit, especially if you are a woman. Women are twice as likely to die early when sitting too much as compared to men. To deal with this, try to get up and move around at least once every half hour, even if it means just standing at your desk.
Taking Certain Medications
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Anti-anxiety pills and antihistamines can lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Anticholineric drugs, which help you sleep or help with your allergies, can also lead to dementia. You should talk with your doctor about finding a healthier alternative if you have any concerns about the medicine that you take.
Taking proper care of yourself throughout your life is important, but especially as you get older. With the body changes that happen as you get older, you should take the necessary steps to eat right, get plenty of exercise, and get plenty of sleep. That way you can live a long, healthy life free of some of the problems.