4 Parts of the Body You Should Take Extra Care of As You Age

4 Parts of the Body You Should Take Extra Care of As You Age

Aug 18, 2020, 4:28:44 AM Life and Styles

As we age, our bodies undergo many changes, some of which are more visible than others. Although we should try and stay in tip-top health and be kind to our bodies throughout our lives, it is even more important as we get older. Here are 4 parts of the body you should take extra care of as you age.


Skin


The level of collagen we produce when we get older decreases and changes in structure. Collagen fibres become coarser over time, which results in a loss of elasticity. This is one of the reasons why fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent as we age. Looking after your skin is something you should do throughout your lifetime, but even more so when you get older.


Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water every day to keep your skin moisturized. If you don't drink enough, your body may try to conserve it. This can cause water retention and result in bloating and puffiness, which is not a good look!


A good routine is essential for healthy skin. Throughout the day, it can become dirty from oils as well as air pollution, so cleansing is a must. Follow up with a toner and some moisturizer every morning and night.


Whilst vitamin D is good for us, too much sun can cause damage to the skin. Using a day cream with an SPF will help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.


Teeth


As you get older, you may notice that your teeth are more sensitive than they used to be. This is due to your enamel being worn down over the years. Reducing your intake of sugary foods and cleaning your teeth regularly with a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help. Make sure you visit the dentist every six months for a check-up and floss every day to get rid of any debris that brushing will not reach.


If any of your teeth have become compromised beyond repair and extractions are needed, don’t despair. Dental implants and crowns provide a permanent replacement for your natural teeth. Crowns are produced to match the exact shade of your existing teeth, and visually you won't know the difference. Many dentists will even set you up with temporary implants the same day as an extraction is being made using their teeth-in-an-hour service. This will mean you don't have to walk around with unsightly gaps whilst your mouth is healing and your permanent crowns are being produced.


Heart

It’s a well-known fact that as you age, you are far more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or develop heart disease. A major cause of heart disease is fatty deposits building up in the walls of our arteries over several years. The good news is there are many things you can do to reduce the risks and keep your heart as healthy as possible.


Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death so if you smoke – stop! Not only does it damage your arteries, but will affect your skin, breathing, and hugely increase your chances of developing cancer or other smoke-related illnesses. You may think there’s no point in stopping now, but it's never too late. There are hundreds of benefits to stopping, there are no benefits to continue smoking – not one.


Just like any other muscle in your body, your heart will benefit from regular exercise. Whether it be jogging, an aerobics class, or swimming, exercise helps your heart become more efficient and better able to pump blood around the body. With each beat, your heart pushes out more blood which also helps keep your blood pressure under control.


Sticking to a balanced diet that is low in salt, saturated fats, and sugars and eating lots of 'clean' foods can help reduce your coronary heart disease risk. It will also lessen the chances of gaining weight and keep your cholesterol levels to a minimum, which can reduce your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.


Mind


Keeping your mind healthy is just as important as the more physical aspects of aging. As we get older, mental decline can be common, but it’s certainly not inevitable. There are lots of things you can do to keep your brain active and stimulated. Many people like doing crosswords as part of their daily routine, or playing games like sudoku, which require concentration and strategy. Diet and exercise keep the brain working at its best and social interaction is also known to have major cognitive benefits.

Published by Zoe Sewell

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