Five Simple Tips for Healthy Aging
1. Drink plenty of water. You should drink approximately ½ your body weight in ounces – so if you’re 140 pounds then you need 70 ounces of water per day. Water is H2O- 2 hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule. Hydrogen is a great detoxer—there are people who use hydrogen peroxide to assist in detox—I don’t recommend that – I recommend simply water! Oxygen is in water- so the more you drink the more oxygenated you will be.
2. Eat 8-10 servings of fruits and veggies per day. This will supply you with the necessary antioxidants to fight off disease. People who eat this way are less likely to suffer a chronic disease and get sick. Antioxidants fight off viruses and bacteria making your body a safe haven for only good cells.
3. Walk at least 20 minutes per day. You do not have to walk fast, it can be a stroll with a family or friend. This has been shown to decrease cardiovascular disease and hypertension due to the release of our “happy” hormones when we are with people we love. Increasing your heart rate a little bit goes a long way.
4. Every morning do a stretch with a deep breath. Deep breathing causes a release of endorphins for relaxation- this will lower blood pressure and increase circulation. The stretching will remind muscle they must MOVE, therefore increasing blood flow to start the day.
5. Keep your mind occupied. Spend time with younger people, keep up with reading on what is presently going on in the world, use math books and word puzzles, and maybe take up an instrument. Stimulating other parts of the brain that are not normally stimulated will increased brain wave activity and energy preventing memory loss and what I call “mind laziness”.
Dr. Roxanne Carfora, D.O., P.C. is Board Certified in Anti-aging and Functional Medicine and has been practicing Family Medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Carfora is an international lecturer for PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America) on Female Hormonal disorders, as well as, published many articles for cardiovascular disease prevention, women’s health issues, and healthy living topics. Her articles appeared in Newsday Wellness, Image magazine and Long Island Pulse.