According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is on the “brink of a longevity revolution.” In fact, by 2030, one in every five Americans will be over the age of 65. So, what can adults do now to ensure that they continue to enjoy a great lifestyle in their later years? In honor of Healthy Aging Month this September, Dr. Carl Hastings, chief scientific officer of Reliv International, offers some advice.

“There are actually ways to improve your quality of life as you age that can even have a positive impact on your lifespan,” says Hastings. He goes on to provide the following specific tips for people in their 40s, 50s and 60s:

In your 40s:

  • Eat Breakfast “ Even something small “ like a piece of fruit or yogurt “ can help maintain weight and ward off cravings later in the day.
  • Get your D “ Vitamin D is crucial to enhancing immune function. Fortified foods and exposure to sunlight can boost your intake; however, supplementation is often needed.

In your 50s:

  • Catch Some Zzzzs “ When you skimp on sleep, your body interprets it as stress, which inevitably wreaks havoc on your immune system.
  • Take a Multi “ The body’s capacity to absorb nutrients declines with age, so to be safe, take a multivitamin that meets the daily requirements.

In your 60s:

  • Get Moving “ Exercise of any kind “ even walking “ is crucial in your 60s to prevent bone loss and to increase your oxygen intake.
  • Get Plenty of Fiber “ Keep your heart healthy by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as whole “ not refined “ grains.

“Many people feel that as they age, it is natural for them to rely on medications and medical interventions to maintain their health,” says Hastings. “But, what can be more natural than taking care of your body with healthy food, high quality supplements and a good dose of exercise?”

For more information about Reliv International, visit www.reliv.com .

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