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LIFE STAGES

With every phase of life we go through, we are challenged with new health issues! Now, we could see this as a negative, or we could be aware and embrace every stage. Because let’s face it, for those that have been through a couple of these stages, each phase requires a little lifestyle tweak! Live your healthiest life at each stage.

HEALTH TIPS FOR EVERY AGE GROUP

ROARING 20S

The best time to start living healthily is now. Women in their 20s need to pay particular attention to calcium intake. Bone-building becomes crucial in the mid to late 20s: it lowers the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Read more on some of the bone-building foods.

Food to look out for:
Salmon: A rich source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a favorite for building bone density.
Dairy products: A good source of protein and calcium, research has shown that foods like yogurt can be helpful for weight loss and provides about 50 percent of your daily calcium requirements.
Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds provide calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

CONFIDENT 30S

Just because you’re always busier than a whole hive of honey bees doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your health. Banish bad eating habits like fast foods and follow a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Replenish aging skin daily with a moisturizer routine. Use a product with sunscreen to protect skin cells during the day, and apply a cream to your clean face nightly. Your skin will thank you in kind; also nourish the body with nutrient-rich foods in appropriate portions.

Food to look out for:
Limit the intake of processed foods and fast foods, stick to fiber and healthy Omega-3 fats.

Exercise:
Jogging and dancing, biking and swimming, hiking or playing tennis are good options. Strength training like lifting weights a few times a week can also boost metabolism and also prevent osteoporosis.

FABULOUS 40S

Believe it or not, a healthy body at this age doesn’t come from a pill. It comes from making healthy routines part of your lifestyle. So begin building the good health habits that keep you looking fabulous after age 40. You should eat 100 fewer calories daily to stay healthy. What’s more, research suggests that women in their 40s lose muscle mass at twice the rate of men the same age. Fight back with a combination of healthful eating and regular exercise.

Food to look out for:
Herbs: Adding natural herbs and spices to meals can keep food healthy and appealing without adding more fat, salt and/or sugar.
Fibre: Make at least half of your grains whole. Fruits and vegetables also will help with fibre intake.

Exercise:
Weight-bearing exercises, like kettle bell workouts, are especially important for battling muscle and bone loss.
Taking two 15 minute walks a day is about the same as one 30 minute walk, helps maintain a more healthy heart and helps prevent illness.

FLAMBOYANT 50S

We can afford to be a little careless with our diet when we are young but once we reach 50 the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes becomes a concern – lead an unhealthy lifestyle and your cholesterol levels and blood pressure will rise. Fortunately there are foods and certain types of exercise proven to fight these concerns.

Food to look out for:
Oats: A soluble fibre that can help lower the unwanted form of cholesterol.
Cherries: Cherries are useful in combating several conditions common in middle age, including gout and arthritis.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene. They offer a degree of protection against the formation and spread of cancer cells as well as protecting arteries from atherosclerosis.

Exercise:
Taking two 15 minute walks a day is about the same as one 30 minute walk, helps maintain a more healthy heart and helps prevent illness.