As we get older our body begins to degenerate. It is all part of the process of wear and tear. Many people resign themselves that old age means walking sticks, wheel chairs, back pain and arthritis. This is not a very positive outlook on life. The thing is, we have a greater control of how our old age will turn out like than you think.
There are certain factors that we cannot control such as diseases that are linked to heredity factors and genetics. We can help these situations through medication and surgery. However, it is estimated that most of the chronic and degenerative diseases that can afflict us in old age is caused by things that we can control such as the lifestyle we lead and the environment we live in.
When we grow older we want our good health to continue so that we can live a better quality of life for longer. Although most of us want to live a healthy life why do so many of us live a lifestyle that actually harms our health. Many people live lifestyles that are far way from ensuring they will have a quality life when they get older. Eating too much fatty food, taking little to no exercise, drinking too much alcohol and smoking too much will eventually send them to an early grave unless they change. The great news is that they can change. Lack of exercise, overeating, smoking and drinking are all habits that we have acquired and that we can change.
One of the key changes that we can make is the diet we eat. Understanding what we eat and how it can affect our health is the first step towards sensible eating habits. Eating fatty foods will lead to us becoming overweight and even obese. Being overweight or obese will increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease which is the biggest killer disease in America.
When it comes to sensible eating it is about taking the right amount of essential nutrients, protein, carbohydrates and vitamins that best suits your lifestyle. For example, our diets will differ somewhat from an Olympic athlete however, the same philosophy applies, which is developing optimum health for the mind and body.
Sensible eating also involves how much we eat and when is the best time to eat. Many people overeat which can cause digestive problems. Many people’s eating habits involve eating at the wrong times of the day such as not having anything for breakfast or having a large meal before going to bed.