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Statistically it appears that a higher percentage are losing their battle against the inevitable ravages of aging with the latest life expectancy numbers dropping to 75.8 years for men and 80.8 for women.
Certainly, with all the medical advances one should expect these numbers to increase not decrease.
In this article we will be exploring some reasons why senior health seems to be such a difficult proposition and hopefully bringing a greater sense of awareness to this disturbing trend.
There seems to be a divide forming in the ranks of those over 50. You have maybe 20 percent that are doing a good job of maintaining their health and 80 percent which seems to be losing the battle.
For those losing the battle it isn't necessarily always their fault. Some will have survived, or are living with, a serious illness that simply makes it impossible for them to maintain the level of activity essential for maintaining optimal health and wellness.
Others may simply not have the energy to maintain an active lifestyle after working long hours or taking care of the grand kids. And still others may be experiencing financial constraints forcing them to eat affordably but not necessarily in a way that will promote better health.
Many Americans over 50 already know they should eat right and exercise regularly but for the reasons above, and many more, seem to allowed preventative health to slip way down their priority list.
For most not having the energy they once had is at the root of the problem. It is almost inevitable that some energy loss will occur with age due to the hearts loss of pumping power, cholesterol deposits in the arteries, cellular hardening, and internal inflammation.
I would speculate that most don't know that by the age of eighty the heart loses half of its pumping power. But perhaps what is just as important is that by age 65 the heart has lost around a quarter of its pumping power. If you combine the hearts slow demise with any type of arterial obstruction or artery disease and all of the sudden blood flow to cells and organs is reduced resulting in an increase in toxins in the bloodstream. The end result is loss of energy and in some cases reduction in mental clarity.
The cellular issue is another that is often overlooked. As we age so do our cells. As the cells age the coating that serves as protective barrier starts to harden making it difficult for them to absorb nutrients and other essential elements. Put bluntly we are slowly dying from the inside out.
So when you put all this together it becomes obvious that in order to stay healthy seniors have to work harder and have a higher level of motivation than their younger counterparts.
Most seniors will be more than willing to take on the challenge of slowing the ravages of "Father Time" once they understand the uphill battle they are faced with.
Are you ready!
If the answer is yes, you should work with your doctor to become 20 percent more active in the next few weeks; add foods to your diet such as whole grains that help your body eliminate cholesterol; add foods or supplements low in fat but high in the omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA to improve overall cardiovascular health; and last but not least reduce your dependency on any prescription medications that could be causing internal inflammation on a cellular level.
So what are you waiting on? Let's get going.
Robert D. Hawkins is an enthusiastic consumer advocate for the use of alternative natural health products and supplements, with over 10 years experience in the field. To learn more about natural remedies for supporting current and future health visit Purchase Remedies.com