Six Surprising Facts About Aging

Aging is a process, an unavoidable one, and by 2050 around 22% of the world’s population will be over 60. Too often these days, people focus on the negatives but there are a number of surprising facts that go with getting older.

Regardless of the amount of candles on the cake,  Here are six surprising facts about growing older (and wiser).

Older and happier

Studies have found that we are least happy during middle age and by the time we pass 65, and particularly into our 80s, we can expect to be happier. Experts think that this is down to our emotional and social instincts being stronger through experience, which also helps us to deal with conflicts more effectively.

On top of this, as many as 90% of workers over the age of 50 are satisfied with their job – significantly higher than other age ranges and thought to be due to the fact we’ve usually climbed the corporate ladder by this point.

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You get smarter

Like the experience that allows us to be happier emotionally, our working years have given us a wealth of knowledge that actually allows older people to work on a par with younger colleagues.

Through challenging the brain you can fight against any of the negative stereotypes associated with memory. In fact, researchers have found that the longer you’re a student the better equipped you are to fight diseases like dementia.

Working can help you live longer

As we saw, having an active brain can mean you get smarter and become happier the older you get. Another study also suggested that having a job over retirement age can be a positive too.

Of course, you don’t need to be burning the midnight oils over complex spreadsheets but even those who work part-time can see the benefits. It is rewarding and stimulating to continue being useful the older you get.

Migraines are less frequent

Some of us struggle with headaches and migraines more than others, but by the time you pass 50 then this problem should subside. This head pains, as well as things like nausea and vomiting become less prominent with age.

Fizzy drinks prematurely age you

It has long been known that soda isn’t good for you. Phosphate is a big issue within the makeup of the drink, but there are a number of illnesses linked to these beverages. These include premature aging with problems like brittle bones, paralysis and even pancreatic cancer through damaging the skin, muscles, heart and kidneys. According to Gerald Weissmann from the FASEB:

“Soda is the caffeine delivery vehicle of choice for millions of people worldwide, but comes with phosphorous as a passenger. This research suggests that our phosphorous balance influences the ageing process, so don’t tip it.”

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Your ears get bigger

It has long been known that noses and ears continue to grow throughout your life. Due to the sagging with age due to a loss of elasticity mixed with gravity, the older you get the larger they become.

Earlobes are the most obvious and many suggest that it is due to the fact there is no bone but just cartilage in that part. Perhaps it’s unsurprising then that “lobe jobs” continue to grow in popularity.

Bonus: Food helps

Researchers have found that up to the age of 75, genetics accounts for just a quarter of the longevity equation. This means that having a healthy lifestyle and eating right makes the biggest difference. Things like antioxidant-rich blueberries, nuts and yoghurt along with moderate amounts of wine and chocolate can all help the anti-aging stakes.

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Maintaining Healthy Blood Vessels With Omega-3

There are a number of ways that you can keep your heart and body healthy. From organic foods to regular exercise, your fitness can be improved through simple changes in habits. When it comes to blood vessels, ensuring they are strong makes for steady blood flow. One of the best ways to do this is with omega-3; here we’ll take a look at how you can maintain healthy blood vessels.

About blood vessels

Your blood vessels are the intricate network of tubes that carry blood throughout the body. There are arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules and veins, and to ensure they are strong you need healthy endothelium. These are cells that layer the inside to protect as well as modulate blood flow.

Why is omega-3 so important?

Known as “the good fat”, these fatty acids are known to help healthy heart function by stabilizing the heart’s rhythm and dropping blood pressure through lowering blood fat levels and stopping inflammation. On top of this, you get the added benefits of combating arthritis, dementia and depression. Oftentimes, people have plenty of omega-6, another important fat, but are deficient in omega-3.

Fish is the easiest and best source of omega-3. Rich in DHA and EPA acids, it is recommended to eat fish with this two or three times a week. From anchovies to salmon, mackerel to tuna, you have a plethora of options to choose from. In other food like flaxseed, walnuts and dark leafy vegetables there is a different form of omega-3, ALA, but this isn’t quite as strong.

Topping up your levels without food

Vegetarians, or those who don’t eat fish, can get their DHA requirements from algae and plant-based supplements. Anyone with heart disease or has had a heart attack is usually told to take one each day.

Also, as cold-water fish are subject to environmental changes and stress, there can be a fluctuation in the best nutrients. This means that supplements can actually be a better way of getting the fatty acids you need. Take a look at our organic, cholesterol free and clinically tested PEO-Pro plant-based essential oil supplement.

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What other foods help to ensure healthy blood vessels?

The B vitamins of folate and folic acid are also great. This is because they work to produce and maintain body cells. Through doing this, it helps blood amino acids and stabilises homocysteine, which can damage arteries if levels are too high. Folate is particularly recommended for pregnant women and can be found in things like spinach, citrus fruits, peas and dried beans while some foods are now enriched with folic acid.

Arginine is an amino acid that creates nitric oxide, which works to relax blood vessels, lower blood pressure and aid normal blood flow. This all helps to stop blood clots and keep vessel walls strong. Your body does produce this on its own but you can get nitrates and arginine from lean meat, garlic, whole grains, watermelon, fish and fresh (particularly green and leafy) vegetables.

Blueberries are thought to be the best antioxidant for optimum blood vessel function in men. It is the flavonoids in them that works to promote endothelial health and you can get similar benefits from dark chocolate.

Vitamin E, available through almonds, avocado, hazelnuts, peanuts and sunflower oil is known to protect the lipoproteins that carry cholesterol from being damaged.

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