Taking Care of Your Health Over 50 – Part 1
There should never be a point in our lives where we stop taking care of ourselves and being proud of/in love with our bodies. It’s important to keep up with our bodies and adjust to the changes accordingly. What was important and good for our bodies at 30 and at 40 will not always be what we need in our 50s.
Every decade provides its own little nuances and surprises, and it’s our job to face them head on. I’ll be doing some posts specifically for ladies who are 50+ in the future. I figured it would make sense to start with some general tips, so let’s walk through some of the most important things you should be doing to stay healthy when you enter your 50s:
Remove Salt From Your Diet
I know that this can be one of the most difficult changes to make. If you’re on the go, like most Americans, processed foods may have become an integral part of meal preparation and snacking in your day-to-day life. But studies show that 9 out of 10 adults in America have too much sodium in their diets, and most of it is coming from processed grains and meats.
It’s really important to get that salt intake under control. As our bodies age, our blood vessels begin to lose elasticity.Those stiff, narrowed arteries cause blood pressure to rise, and hypertension can become a real concern.
It can be hard to remove all of those processed foods and added salt from your diet, but a little bit of concentrated effort can go a long way!
- One of the easiest ways to lowers your salt intake is to stop adding additional salt to your food when you cook it; start exploring herbs and other seasonings to make your food more flavorful.
- You should also look for alternatives to processed foods. Start working to bring more fruits, veggies, and whole grains into your diet. I promise, you’ll feel significantly better once you start making the shift.
Reevaluate The Supplements That You’re Taking
First and foremost, you should absolutely speak to your doctor before embarking on any new mineral or supplement plans. Doctors can help you determine exactly which supplements will work for you. Additionally, if you take other medications, your doctor will be able to assess whether or not the medications and your supplements will interact negatively.
That being said, there are two general rules women over 50 should keep in mind:
- Don’t take a multivitamin that contains iron. When your body starts to go through menopause, your body will no longer require the same amount of iron that it did in the past. Ingesting too much iron is very dangerous, and can cause potentially fatal damage to your heart and liver.
- Do take care to ingest most calcium. A lack of estrogen, in conjunction with hormonal changes that cause a decrease in the amount of calcium in the body, make women who are over 50 more susceptible to osteoporosis and broken bones. Hopefully, you’ve been consuming the correct amounts of calcium for your whole life. But if not, that’s okay. Start eating calcium rich foods or look into a calcium supplement.
Check back next month, for a few more tips on taking care to be your best self!