The New Year is the right time to get rid of unhealthy habits and pave the way for good health during the golden years.
Sleep soundly. Irregular sleep habits can expose you to heart conditions, diabetes and obesity and can even affect your personality, mood and behaviour. Sleep at least 7-8 hours a day with regular schedules of bed time and rising.
Get your daily dose of Vitamin D - Sunshine is the most natural source of the vitamin and it is free!Go out in the sun for 10 – 15 minutes each day. Your bones will be stronger .This vitamin is also important for muscle movement.
Boost your body with iron - It is the most important substance for body activities and we have to depend on foods for this nutrient. Eat iron rich foods such as dates, jaggery, green leafy vegetables and organ meats. So beat fatigue both mental and physical by being aware of what you eat.
Walk briskly - for at least ½ an hour a day . it will help you feel more alert and energetic and also help control heart conditions and diabetes.
Smile - Look after your teeth and gums. Visit the dentist regularly. Don’t wait for those cavities.
Go for regular health check-ups –. Take time off for physical check-ups to spot those silent killers - diabetes, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, cancer, high cholesterol and blood pressure.
The colourful kiwi fruit
The brown, hairy fruit also called Macaque peach or Chinese gooseberry is a very nutritious fruit.
It is a rich source of vitamin C that boosts the immune system, helps fight against the damage of free radicals in the body and so reduces the chances of cancer. It also reduces the signs of ageing and dark spots.
It reduces coughing and wheezing.
It is a good source of dietary fiber and so reduces constipation and improves digestion.
Its high level of serotonin reduces stress.
It is good for cardio-vascular health as the pectin lowers cholesterol.
Inositol, a natural sugar, has a role in regulating diabetes.
It is great for weight loss as it contains healthy fats, healthy sugar and is low in calories.
The combination of Vitamins A,C, and E helps to maintain healthy eyesight and prevents macular degeneration of the eye.