Me, a grandma?! It is a joyous day when one learns that the family will be enriched with a new generation. But it can also be difficult to see yourself as a knitting, elderly lady who lives for baking and quiet activities. But we have good news for you – you do not need to. Today’s grandmothers are in fact fit as never before, and here are some great tips to make you match your mental age from the inside out.
Healthy immune system
In recent years we have become aware of the necessity of vitamin D to maintain the immune system’s normal function. The main sources of vitamin D are fatty fish and sunlight. But since few people eat enough fish, and we have limited sunlight in this country, it is recommended to have vitamin D supplements, often in the form of cod liver oil.
The first commandment to keep your skin looking good, is to use sunscreen year round. In winter it is usually sufficient to use a day cream with SPF, but if you would like to sunbathe put on sunscreen too. Remember that around 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun’s UV rays!
The second commandment is a good diet. You can condition your skin from within by giving your body the nutrients it needs to produce new skin cells. One of the these nutrient is vitamin A. It can be found in liver paste, oily fish, eggs, margarine, dairy products, fruits and vegetables.
Knees and hips gets an extra load when you jump on trampolines and run after scooters. At the same time, it is often at the joints you notice age first. The best thing you can do to keep your joints healthy, is to strengthen the muscles around them with regular strength training. Remember to get enough of vitamin D it is an important vitamin for your legs and muscle function.
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The moment you realize that you need reading glasses, can be compared to the discovery of your first gray hair. Did you know that what you eat can have a say for your eye sight? The fatty acid DHA and vitamin A contributes to a normal vision **. Both can be found in oily fish and cod liver oil.
A sharp brain
You may be at your intellectual peak, full of wisdom and with time to explore new topics. And this is how you would like to keep it. Research shows that both physical and mental exercise can have an effect on keeping the mind sharp. Good exercise for the brain would be learning new things or skills, such as a new language, or ballroom dancing. In addition, the diet may have something to say for your brain. The fatty acid DHA from fish contributes to the maintenance of a normal brain function **.
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Norway is high on the osteoporosis statistics, and you’ve probably heard that it’s important to get enough calcium. But did you know that it is equally important with vitamin D? The body actually needs this vitamin to make use of the calcium from food.
** Beneficial effect achieved by a daily intake of 250 mg DHA.