Adopting healthy habits and behaviors, staying involved in your community, using preventive services, managing health conditions, and reducing dependence on medications can contribute to a longer and more meaningful life. Research has identified action steps we can take to maintain our health and function as we get older. From improving our diet and levels of physical activity to getting health screenings and managing risk factors for disease, these actions may influence different areas of health.
Willowbend Health & Wellness is prepared to assist you on your journey to healthy aging. We have technologies to assist with maintaining brain health and promote improved cardiovascular function. Consult with our providers to learn more.
Ten 10 Essentials for Optimal Health & Tips for Healthy Aging
Eat Real Food to Nourish Your Body – Quality matters
Tip: Eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains. Avoid sweet, salty, and highly processed foods. Eat plenty of fresh, organic produce and clean sources of protein.
Heal Your Gut – Most disease begins in there
Tip: Monitor your response to the foods you eat. If you have digestive issues, or elimination issues like diarrhea or constipation on a more than occasional basis, consider having gut testing done.
Move Like Your Ancestors – Sitting can be hazardous to your health
Tip: The key is to stay active, so do something you will enjoy. If you are not likely to stick to a regular gym routine, go on a walk or ride your bike every day instead.
Sleep More Deeply – Enhance immune function & memory
Tip: Develop a regular schedule with a bedtime routine. Keep your bedroom dark and noise-free— avoid watching television or surfing the internet while in bed. Stay away from caffeine late in the day.
Manage Your Stress – Promote proper maintenance & repair of the body
Tip: We cannot entirely avoid stressful situations, but we can learn better techniques to cope with stress. Take care of yourself when you are stressed by getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating nutritious foods.
Supplement Wisely – Avoid nutrient deficiencies
Tip: Consult with your physician for regular nutrient level testing and follow their suggestions to supplement wisely. Be sure to always choose high-quality, organic sources for supplementation whenever possible.
Practice Pleasure – Laughter is the best medicine
Tip: Some simple ways to bring more pleasure into your life daily is to spend time with others. Volunteer, take a trip with friends, play cards, or join a book club. Watch a good movie or take a dance class.
Build Your Community – Stay connected to friends & family
Tip: Maintain communication with your family and friends, especially after a significant loss or life change. Schedule regular time to meet with friends and family – over coffee, during a weekly shared meal, or around a common interest.
Detoxification – Restore & support hormone balance & reduce inflammation
Tip: Eat fresh and organic. Avoid use of harsh chemicals. Be mindful of pesticides and other pollutants. Most importantly, consult with your healthcare provider about a regular routine of detoxification, at least once a year.
Incorporate Mind/body practices – Promote relaxation & self-care
Tip: Build meditation, relaxation or prayer into your life daily to serve your emotional needs.