Add Years to Your Life

Posted May 21, 2010.

Work Out, Dental Health, Positive Attitude

If you dread getting older and the changes that come with it, you’re not alone. Perhaps you’ve already noticed changes in your physical appearance, energy and health. You can’t stop the aging process, but with simple modifications to your lifestyle, it is possible to slow down the physical changes that come with growing older.

Keep your body healthy and fit by adding physical activity and a nutritional diet into your daily routine. Maintain the health of your teeth and gums by practicing good dental health and visiting your dentist every year for routine check ups. Doing so can keep your teeth white and attractive while improving your overall health. Finally, keep a positive attitude, enjoy friends and family, and learn to laugh. People that take on life optimistically tend to have stronger, healthier immune systems.

Work Out and Eat Healthy

You don’t have to be a health expert to know that regular exercise can improve your physical well being. Visit the gym with a friend or take your dog for a walk in the park. It doesn’t have to be strenuous or long. In fact, a brisk 20 minute walk every day is great for your circulation, heart and lungs. And if you aren’t sure how much physical activity your body can endure, consult with your physician first.

Every routine workout plan should be accompanied with a well-balanced diet. Research studies have indicated that regular physical activity coupled with healthy eating improves your level of energy and reduces the chance for heart complications, tooth decay, high cholesterol and other serious medial problems. Drink plenty of water to flush your body of toxins and improve your skin. And increase your antioxidant intake, which includes a diet rich in green vegetables and fruits.

Take Care of Your Teeth

Poor dental health can lead to tooth decay, bad breath and discolored smiles, but what many people aren’t aware of is that failing to practice good dental hygiene can actually lead to other serious health problems throughout the body. In fact, studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between your oral health and your overall health. When plaque causing bacteria settles on your teeth, it can lead to periodontal disease (gum disease). And left untreated, gum disease can lead to chronic illnesses in the rest of your body, including stroke, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, pneumonia and low birth weight in infants. And if the bacteria reach the arteries surrounding the heart, the risk of heart disease increases significantly.

The good news is that gum disease can easily be prevented. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly to remove food particles and bacteria that cause decay. And always maintain routine dental appointments. Your dentist can remove decay causing bacteria that your regular brushing and flossing cannot, as well as identify dental problems before they become an issue. Not to mention that a healthy, white smile keeps you looking young- something we all strive for as we age!

Improve Your Outlook on Life

Improving your overall attitude and learning to have a more positive outlook on life is one of the easiest ways to enhance your health and well being. In fact, past studies have shown that laughter reduces stress causing hormones and increases a body’s production of endorphins that strengthen the immune system. Spend more time with friends and family, and do something you love every day. Happier people generally have stronger immune systems, which ultimately leads to a greater quality of life and a healthier you.

With age comes change, but the change doesn’t always have to be bad. You won’t always be able to control problems as they come your way, but recognizing the changes and understanding how to care for your body now can strengthen your immune system and prevent serious health problems from occurring in the future. Take time to exercise and modify your eating habits by incorporating fruits and vegetables into your daily schedule. Visit your dentist for routine check ups and cleanings, and improve your dental health with regular brushing and flossing. And finally, keep a positive attitude and make time for friends and family. Making lifestyle changes takes dedication, but when your goal is to live a healthier, happier life, you can make these changes possible- and look and feel younger too!