If you're a man over 50, it's probably more difficult for you to rebound from fast food or a night out than in your younger days. Bad habits take more of a toll as you age. Don't wait until you have high blood pressure or gain 50 pounds to make a change. Healthy habits and smart lifestyle choices can make you look and feel years younger - and more important... live much longer!
#1 Lower Your Salt Intake
Here’s a shocker: According to the American Heart Association, one in 10 deaths in U.S. adults are connected to eating too much salt. 60% of those deaths are men. Too much sodium and too little potassium raise your blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease. Cutting back on sodium bombs such as bread, cheese and processed foods can lower your risk. Add more heart-healthy leafy greens to your diet, and get more potassium through foods such as bananas.
#2 Stay Sharp Mentally
Want to keep your wits as you age? The MIND diet (which includes whole grains, vegetables, salad, nuts, beans, berries and some chicken and fish) may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in later years. These studies also show the importance of eating healthy fats.
#3 Strong Bones
Contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis is not just a woman's disease. Men lose bone after the age of 50 too. You may benefit from supplemental calcium and probiotics in your diet. A study in The Journal of Cellular Physiology found a connection between probiotic supplements and increased bone density in male mice.
Researchers from the study commented that probiotics may help treat osteoporosis in the future, in addition to aiding digestive health. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods and dairy products with live active enzymes.
#4 Water For Prostate Health
Here's our previous article touching on the unparalleled benefits of water! However, when it comes to satisfying your taste buds, most men prefer fizzy pops over water. Yet, the consequences to this for your future health is certainly not worth that extra flavour. Research suggest that 180,000 deaths per year may be related to sugary soft drinks. For men specifically, fizzy drinks increases your risk of prostate cancer on top of contributing to weight gain and the risk of diabetes.
If you want to flavour your water, add some lemon, berries, or add a little fizz with carbonated water. You could also consider adding apple peels, tumeric and red grapes to your diet to spice up that flavour as well as the health benefits which recent studies have shown are promising foods for the prostate.
#5 Go Natural For Sexual Health
If you regularly snack on baked goods, whether sweet or salty, you may want to cut back — especially if you want a healthy love life. Eating too much trans fat can contribute to clogged arteries and bump up your levels of bad LDL cholesterol, both of which can cause erectile dysfunction. For better performance, focus on eating protein and healthy fats and cut back on refined sugars and trans fat.
Aging will happen no matter what you do, but you can age with grace and good health with the right diet and plenty of exercise. Just remember: It’s never too late to start making good decisions.