I’m not a fan of The Dr. Oz show, but I have to admit that some of the health and wellness information that Dr. Mehmet Oz advocates sometimes makes a lot of sense. In a recent edition of O, The Oprah Magazine, I stumbled across some Dr. Oz tips for good health. They’re applicable for all ages, but here are a few that are especially relevant for seniors:
Eat to live well:
- Consume fewer calories and more protein as you age to keep pace with your changing metabolism. (Three cheers for meat!)
- Add calcium-rich foods to your diet to meet the recommended daily allowance of 1000 milligrams, 1200 milligrams if you’re over 50.
- Choose leafy greens to improve your vision; they may even protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration.
Feed your mind and spirit:
- Keep your brain humming into old age by performing quick cognitive exercises, like occasionally using your non-dominant hand to carry out simple tasks. (I think this one’s easier said than done.)
Love your heart:
- Monitor key numbers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, before you develop a health issue.
Work it out:
- Take up yoga, which offers a host of benefits, especially after menopause.
- Do weight-bearing exercises—like squats or jumping jacks—to build bone and decrease your chance of developing osteoporosis.
Gotta love these simple, logical ways to be healthier. Thanks, doc! For more information, visit the Dr. Oz website.
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