When we get sick we can actively feel the consequences it places upon our bodies. We get weak, tired, our skin feels off and our stomachs generally refuse to cooperate with anything put in it. As we get older many of these same changes take place but at a much slower rate, but there are plenty of warning signs if you know what to look for.
Dry skin. It’s an issue women and many men have been combating for years in the sake of physical beauty — but as we get older it becomes more of a necessity than anything else. The easiest way to rectify this is to moisturize, though you can also throw in some extra avocado or butternut squash to help as well. After all, your skin is the largest organ your body has, you should take care of it to the best of your ability!
Have you ever been around an older person who has these blemishes on their skin that look like extremely dry, reddish sections? That’s psoriasis. It may not be the most problematic thing that happens but it’s definitely one of the most unsightly, and it can also be rooted somewhere in your diet. It could just be a lack of Vitamin C, in which case kale, red peppers or grapefruit could help out immensely.
If you can scrape your nails on each other or you’re noticing they, or your hair, have become a bit too brittle for comfort, it’s generally a sure sign that you’re lacking the proper amount of calcium or Vitamin B in your diet. This is easily rectified with that delicious avocado (it’s got too many health benefits to list only once), oranges or even collard greens making more of a showcase in your diet!
If you notice an abundance of blood whenever you brush and floss your teeth, or just scraping your lip against those pearly whites, you could be suffering from a lack of Vitamin C. Aside from consulting your oral care physician (which is highly suggested), you could throw in a few citrus fruits for breakfast or lunch to help supplement what you’re lacking.
In recent years there seems to be more cases of insomnia than ever before, and whether or not this can be attributed to the “new” versus a lack in early reporting in the past, it’s a pain to deal with. No one enjoys tossing and turning each night before they manage to be so exhausted sleep finally takes them for a moment, and it could very likely stem from a magnesium deficiency. To rectify as best you can, add in a few more leafy greens to your diet and see if that helps! If not, please go see a sleep specialist. Everyone deserves a good night of rest each night.
Did you know that your body will begin to crave foods that have the nutrients or vitamins it’s lacking? If you’re in the mood for something salty that’s your body’s way of telling you it needs more sodium chloride — of which a stalk of celery can provide! Wanting something sweet instead? Consider fresh fruits, or even sweet potatoes instead of that chocolate cake. I know for a fact it sounds in no way even remotely as appetizing, but this is about taking care of yourself and your health as you get older after all. Metabolisms don’t grow more powerful as we age!