5. Avoiding Rapid Bone Loss
Few people like the idea of giving up salt, but a reduction for people who tend to go overboard is important for those aged 50 and beyond. Sodium is instrumental in promoting the body to process calcium, but too much salt can actually be counterproductive. A study conducted at the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at Tufts University shows that excess salt in the diet causes the kidneys to secrete calcium. The quality of the bones diminishes rapidly after 50, and excess sodium in the body speeds up the process even faster. The bones will begin to develop micro-cracks, placing people at a higher risk of fractures later in life.
No matter what your age, it’s a good idea to limit your sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams per day, and reduce or avoid canned and processed foods. Open next page to continue reading
6. Cutting Back on Bathroom Trips
A study conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital showed that as we hit our 50s, we tend to take more trips to the bathroom. May Wakamatsu, MD, at Massachusetts General Hospital, says that drinking too much liquid each day will cause the bladder muscles to contract more than necessary and the bladder walls to expand. The body can only use a few ounces of liquid at a time, so any additional liquids will cause the kidneys to quickly produce excess urine. She recommends that people in their 50s limit their liquid consumption. Tea and coffee will also speed up the production of urine in the kidneys. The average adult over 50 should only be urinating four to six times per day. Open next page to continue reading