1. Live the Active
Regular exercise is one of the biggest keys to physical and mental well-being. An active life will help you stay fit enough to keep your freedom going where you want and doing your own activities. Regular exercise can prevent the onset of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, and arthritis, and so on.
Tips: The key is to stay active, so do something you’ll enjoy. If you’re not the type of person who regularly sports regularly, instead you can take a walk or ride a bike every day. Try to make sport as your routine activity. Think about what’s best for you, consult your doctor often, and move on!
2. Eat Healthy Food
The majority of adults consume more than double the daily sodium intake than recommended, which can lead to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Most of this high sodium intake comes from food and packaged foods.
Tips: Eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. Avoid sweet, salty foods, and packaged or processed foods. Remember that everyone has different dietary needs, follow your doctor’s advice on dietary restrictions.
3. Maintain Your Brain
One in eight older adults (age> 65 years) in the United States and some other countries suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, whereas some cognitive decline is a normal part of aging. Studies have shown that lifestyles that stimulate cognitive stimulation through active learning will slow down cognitive decline.
Tip: Never stop learning and challenge your mind. Take dance lessons, learn a new language, attend a lecture at a local university, learn to play a musical instrument, or read a book, for Muslims to try to memorize the Qur’an.
4. Build Social Relationships
Nearly 30% of parents who live alone and live alone feel the loneliness of the heavy. Changes in life such as retirement, health problems, or loss of spouse, can lead to social isolation.
Tips: Always keep in touch with your family and friends, especially after experiencing significant life changes. Schedule regular time to meet friends and family over tea, eat together once a week, or do other activities together. Invite other friends who may feel lonely or isolated.
5. Enough Sleep
Humans can be more resilient with no food than without sleep. Parents need as much sleep as other adults, seven to nine hours per night. Sleep deprivation can lead to depression, irritability, increased risk of falling, and memory problems.
Tips: Create a regular schedule to sleep. Keep your bedroom dark and free of noise when sleeping, avoid watching television or playing internet while in bed. Stay away from drinking coffee at night.
6. Reduce Stress
As we get older, there will be changes in our stress state and so does our ability to cope with stress. Long-term stress can damage brain cells and cause depression. Stress can also cause memory loss, fatigue, and decreased ability to fight and recover from infection. In fact, it is estimated that over 90% of diseases are caused or complicated by stress.
Tips: We can not completely avoid stressful situations but we can learn good techniques to cope with stress. Take care of yourself when you are stressed with enough sleep, exercise, and eat nutritious food. Talk to people you trust or who can advise you on your stress, and try to do some relaxation techniques, such as circular breathing, yoga, or meditation and if you are a Muslim wake up to a third of a night praying tahajud. Remember to always keep things in perspective, try to accept and behave in a way that you can not control.
7. Try Prevention
Many common accidents, diseases, and health conditions of geriatric health, such as diseases, chronic diseases, depression, and weakness, can be prevented.
Tips: To prevent illness, wash your hands after completion of toilet and before meals. To prevent falls, keep objects in your home that can cause you to stumble or slip, use aids as a handle or support, wear appropriate footwear, take vitamin D and calcium.
8. Maintain Health
Much of our health is not controlled by the health care system but by our own actions, our environment, social factors. Also do not completely rely on a doctor because a doctor may not be 100% perfect. Medical errors are possible. The more patients who play a role in maintaining and caring for their own health, the more they are satisfied with the care they get.
Tips: Think of ways to keep your health by changing your lifestyle. Contact your doctor if you have concerns about your health. Show me a list of your current prescription and non-prescription drugs, including herbal supplements.
9. Create a Community / Association
Create or join a community / association in social activities or recitation.
Tips: Join a community / association that makes you happy and comfortable and not stressful.
10. Save Important Information
Keep information or instructions about handling your medical emergency, as well as important phone numbers when there are problems in your health.
Society today has created a lazy attitude much different to past decades where if you did not make the effort you just did not eat. Today everything can be delivered to your door from ready to eat meals to clothing; unlike previously when everything required meant a trip to the shops now it’s just a matter of click and wait. This is all very well but it is the hard work that previous generations had to endure that kept them fit.
Many people see retirement as an excuse to do as little as possible regardless of how many pounds they are likely to put on. It is for this reason that obesity has become a major concern as surplus weight accompanies a multitude of life threatening medical conditions some of which are easily avoidable. Since most people have become aware of the illnesses that can be brought about by smoking, the number of smokers has reduced considerably in many countries.
However, there are many serious ailments that are triggered by inactivity especially in the over 65s. One of the most worrying is hypertension or high blood pressure which is known as the “silent killer” because there are no warnings or symptoms. Generally, the only way to find out if you are a victim is to have your blood pressure checked by a medical professional. Failure to do so could risk a heart attack or stroke; both of which could be fatal.
Long spells of inactivity will result in weight gain usually increasing your waistline, initially. Over a period of time this alters a person’s stance and posture adding pressure to the spine causing acute back pain. It is not until a person suffers this type of pain that they realize how important their back is in their everyday life.
Obesity often creates a number of serious and sometimes life threatening conditions. In addition, as a person’s weight increases, vital organs could be forced out-of-place which would result in extra exertion to carry out an organ’s essential bodily function and could lead to further serious problems.
Another worrying medical problem is diabetes and the number of people suffering from this has increased rapidly in recent years and continues to do so. If left untreated it could dramatically result in the necessity of limb amputation. Dependent upon the type of diabetes a person has, the treatment can range from a lifetime of taking medication or undergoing a regular self- injection program: all very unpleasant but in many cases avoidable.
It should also be remembered that many medications and treatments have side effects which can be as unpleasant as the illness itself. This is why prevention is much better than cure and why remaining active is necessary. Regular weight checking by using measuring scales is vital in your mission to lose weight and keep as fit as possible.
“Health Literacy” is the ability to read, understand and act upon health information. And, more than half of the American population is not proficient on this topic. Unfortunately, the above definition is the point after which most head into the wrong direction. Unless a significant misnomer, by definition, the focus of health literacy should be two-fold, enhancement of functional literacy (period) and increased attention to the issues of health.
The general public reads very little non-commercial, health-related materials, the content being very challenging. Additionally, people consume too much sugar, consume alcohol and excesses of red meats, processed grains, artificial chemical additives, too few and unvaried fruits and vegetables, and eat too much. Many also smoke, use recreational drugs, misuse prescription drugs, exercise too little and engage in other social and recreational activities that are harmful to them physically and psychologically. Much of that which I just described and many more contributors to poor personal and public health are legally accessible and even marketed to you. The question is, who is responsible for your health knowledge and healthy behaviors (health care) versus your medical status (medical care)?
Your mechanic recommends selecting quality fuels, lubricants, and other fluids, and changing them regularly. You should manage your tires’ pressure and watch tread wear. You check your brakes’ function and monitor all for all other signs of possible malfunction. And, although there are plenty of after-market and alternative products and services by which to care for your vehicles, no clear-thinking person deviates demonstrably from use/maintenance recommendations if expecting vehicles to perform well and last. Such is because motor vehicles are sold with maintenance recommendations and schedules that you read, developing your “automotive care literacy”.
The western medical professional community markedly fails to train its cadre well in subjects of prevention, health maintenance, and safe. high performance, physical fitness for the masses. This also includes failure to train them to care substantially about the health literacy of their clientele. Nationally, we spend a lot of money on a Center for Disease Control, Planned Parenthood [primarily STD/STI and services for sex-related diseases], and local public health agencies (focus upon epidemiology, primary medical care, local epidemics management). And, we wrangle politically over the role of government versus the private sector for the provision of all services, particularly those that are values-based. However, public health literacy (education) is a non-revenue generating activity and receives minimal attention.
While in the public many clamor for inalienable rights to comprehensive medical care, the general public doesn’t march for the rights to universal health literacy. Nor does it ask the government to require the market to be more responsible for promoting products, services and social behaviors consistent with universal health. Yet, we must not allow the government, nor the socially and financially empowered to suggest that speaking against “unhealthy” environments, foods, untoward products and behaviors (and effects of) is inappropriate, and thereby “politically incorrect” behavior, unless you want current vocal ideologies to drive health care and not literacy.
We can help you with “Health Literacy.” As previously stated, it refers to the ability to read, understand and act [ideally] upon health information. Proficiency includes efficient and effective use of medical systems, as well as knowledge-driven, diverse, healthy behaviors, preemptively minimizing the need for medical care.
Oregano is a member of the mint family. The whole herb extract has over 30 active compounds; the most active compounds being carvacrol and thymol. I consider Oregano Oil to be the king of essential oils because of its many beneficial healing properties.
Oregano oil is a potent and effective antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic and even an antioxidant.
It can help heal your body in numerous ways.
A team of British and Indian researchers discovered that oil of oregano is such a potent antibacterial that it is more effective at killing MRSA than 18 other antibiotics(1)
Oil of Oregano helps heal viral and bacterial infections such as colds, sinusitis, bronchitis and even staphylococcal pneumonia.
Oregano Oil can help kill Candida, which is a yeast overgrowth in your gut and can also heal toenail fungus.
It is effective in eliminating amoeba giardia in the gut which is a microscopic parasite and it even kills lice when applied topically.
Food Borne Illnesses:
Oregano oil can kill bacteria that causes food poisoning such as e-coli, salmonella and listeria.
It helps to cure contact dermatitis such as rashes like poison Ivy and it helps to alleviate bug bites. You can even use it as a mosquito repellent. Simply mix a few drops with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and rub it on. You might smell like oregano, but it’s better than smelling like DEET, if you ask me!
Oregano Oil effectively heals cold sores and even acne.
Oil pulling with a few drops of oil of oregano mixed with coconut oil helps to alleviate gingivitis, tooth infections and bad breath caused by bacteria in your mouth. Swish the oils in your mouth for about 5 minutes, then spit it out and rinse. Never swallow the oil as it will be full of the bacteria that it absorbed from your mouth.
Oregano oil is an antioxidant. It has been shown to increase glutathione(3) levels which is the bodies master antioxidant that helps to boost your immune system, eliminate toxins, eliminate free radicals and increase energy levels.
Research has shown that Oregano oil is even effective at inhibiting cancer cell growth.(2)
What kind of Oil of Oregano should you get?
There are several kinds on the market, there are Spanish or Mexican oregano oils or cultivated oils, you don’t want those oils, they do not have any medicinal properties. There are standardized oils, and normally those won’t be any good either because they usually have added synthetic carvacrol. You want to buy a brand that is wild Mediterranean, handpicked and steam distilled.
How do you use Oregano Oil?
There are several ways you can take Oregano oil. You can rub a few drops with a carrier oil (i.e. coconut oil or olive oil) on the bottom of your feet or on your chest if you have a respiratory ailment. You can put a few drops under your tongue which helps it get into your blood stream quicker, but it will burn! You can take oregano oil capsules and you can add 5 or 6 drops to some water and drink it. You can also mix a few drops with a carrier oil and apply topically to the various skin ailments mentioned.
As good Oil of Oregano is a food, it is safe to take daily for health maintenance. If you are taking large doses, you should also consider taking a good probiotic as it may also kill some good bacteria in your gut.
Sources and References:
1) Medical News Today, November 2008
2) Pubmed, October 2014
3) Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, April 1991