In the name of modern life style people tend to ignore
the facts which they should be taken care of. Usually they don't
wake up until the side effects descends on them. The fast paced
life style is creating dangerous disorders on their health and they
begin to feel it only above the age of 40. The junk filled life
style has even increased its pace and those who are in their 30s
begin to feel it.
There is a old saying that, "we are what we eat". It even holds
good today. If you are consuming high calorie foods and not doing
enough exercise, it will tell on your health sooner than later.
You need to be more careful when you are approaching the age of
40. Diabetes, respiratory infection, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
cardiovascular diseases, cancer and osteoporosis are some main problems,
people in this age group confront with. The food habits and unhealthy
lifestyle are the main contributors.
The most important period in life is between forty and fifty.
It is in this period one ha to bear more responsibilities in their
profession as well as family. They have to travel often, attend
multiple meetings, manage a team and meet targets or deadlines.
Their children will be in their teens and need more care towards
their education. The teens need varies from materialistic to emotional.
On the other side they have to cope with financial stress. To plan
for the imminent arrival of the retirement period and the rising
expenses put enormous stress on them.
When nearing 60 the responsibilities will reduce. But the damage
done to the health in their busy 40s may be difficult to reverse.
Given their busy schedules, these people have little time for any
exercise. The stress and strain filled life style, long working
hours and unhealthy eating habits complicate matters.
Good and healthy eating habits
As in most families both the parents are working, they
find little or no time to cook in the house. They rely heavily on
ready to cook food and junk food. These high calorie foods not only
affect the health of the parents but also the next generations in
their house. Moreover today's job or profession is highly demanding
which makes them working for long hours, leaving little time to
look after their house and children. This automatically push them
to the easiest choice of ready-to-eat junk foods. These foods consists
of high calories and has artificial coloring and preservatives.
So there is no wonder why these foods are serious health hazards
over a period of time. Using readymade foods deprives one of essential
vitamins and minerals which are rich in our traditional foods. Vegetables
and fruits find no place in their menu.
Frequent consumption of junk foods with irregular intake of meals
may contribute to many health problems such as acidity. gastroenteritis,
obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Due to these
factors people in this age group complain of fatigue. Those above
40 have no other option but to modify their dietary intake and lifestyle
to optimize their health and avoid old age ailments. Take more foods
like whole grains and legumes, fruits and vegetables. Lean meat
is preferred most and take more protein rich foods. Avoid oily food
or reduce to the minimum level. Avoiding bad habits altogether is
advisable. Reduce alcohol consumption slowly and quit smoking.
Dietary supplements or nutritional supplements is a must in this
world of hectic lifestyle. Remember it is not a choice, but it is
a must. Because home-cooking contributes only a little to our daily
food and today's fruits and vegetables are contaminated and lack
proper nutritional values. So regarding nutrition, there is a huge
gap between what we need and what we get. This deprives our inner
organs the essential nutrition they need to function normally. As
a result they get more aged than our physical age.
Take micronutrient fortified foods. Have a health drink rich
in vitamins and minerals. Include more fibrous foods with zero sugar
and cholesterol. Plan your daily intake so that your food is balanced
with essential nutrients. This helps to get the daily quota of nutrients.
A balanced diet helps to improve the immunity level and keep one
The dietary supplements help to provide nourishment but are not
a full substitute to a regular balanced diet. The second most important
thing is doing regular exercise. Walking is the best and the easiest
form of physical activity. Go for a thirty minute brisk walking,
at least four to five days in a week. Regular exercise helps to
burn excess calories and avoids becoming obesity. It helps to maintain
good health. Take regular health check-ups for sugar level, cholesterol
and blood pressure. Change your eating habits. Take more vegetables
and fruits and give importance to home cooking. Do regular exercise.
The simple thing is, the intake of calories should match the spent
calories. Making the necessary adjustments in our routine life will
keep away the life style disorders.
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