7 THINGS TO STOP DOING TO GROW OLDER

There are some things you cannot do to control your destiny but there are other things you can do to control your life in order to grow older. At the same time there are things you can stop doing to help you grow older. Growing older is not a phenomenon for only elderly persons but the youth as well.

Here’s a little lesson in Physiology to form a basis for our post for today.

The human body is made up of cells, organs and systems that keep the body active and functioning at all times.

Cells that make up the organs grow and wear out and replace themselves periodically but the organs remain the same organs. Cells have a limit to the number of years they can replace themselves and when they can no longer do so their organs become weak and subsequently cannot function well to maintain a healthy and vibrant system.

At this stage in your life you become a weak or sick person, and depending upon the significant number of years you have lived, you are classified as an old person.

The way you live your life has a direct bearing on the way you grow older. If you are involved in hard labor your cells wear faster than the one in soft labor, and subsequently affects your health status. This however does not mean that the one in soft labor is healthier and stronger.

Much of what you do as a human being has effect on your lifestyle, especially when you indulge yourself in pleasurable or sweet things it affects you negatively. You know how sweet sugar tastes but if you follow it you will harm yourself in the end by bringing upon yourself diseases like diabetes, obesity, heart-related diseases and tooth decay.

So, there are some things that you have to avoid doing in order not to expose your cells or organs to early destruction or weakness. For example, always exposing your body to intense heat like working in an oven or near a burning fire can gradually affect you negatively.

There are many drugs on the market (including fake ones) that are supposed to cure diseases, but some of these drugs have adverse  or negative effects and when you take them on your own they can leave you with a new disease that destroy your cells and organs.

Examine the following issues carefully to determine if you are involved in any of them, and if these writings make some sense to you, just stop doing them.

  1. Bad Eating Habits

                                                       A bad eating habit

I personally believe that bad eating habits do not promote good health and vitality. We are advised by those in the medical field not to drink water whilst eating because the water dilutes the enzymes that help in digestion and subsequently delays the digestion process.

Eating too much is not good enough, especially before bedtime as this is said to cause being prone to diabetic attack. In severe cases diabetes can kill.

Also having drinks instead of water. Some people choose to drink minerals or beer when they should drink water instead. Sugary drinks are usually high in calories and can also cause weight problems which hamper having a healthy life.

Water is an important necessity for the good functioning of your body and must be drunk at regular intervals and not only when you are thirsty.

 

                                                             Clean, bottled water

When having a meal concentrate on it and do nothing to distract your attention, for example reading a book, having serious conversation or watching telenovela. Such habits do not help you in maintaining good health.

  1. Eating the Wrong kinds of Food

This is one of the most serious problems that often lead to death. According to a renowned Pathologist at Ghana’s Korle Bu Teaching Hospital most deaths are caused by eating the wrong kinds of food. He therefore warns the public, and I re-echo it, to be very cautious about their choice of food.

Generally animal fat is not good for consumption and the Israelis were forbidden by God not to eat it. It can block the intestines, veins and arteries to cause serious health problems related to blood flow. God might have had the same or other reasons for forbidding it. You are not different from an Israeli in terms of eating wrong foods.

                                                                  Animal fat

As said earlier you may be diabetic but may not know it because it has not reached the disturbing stage. In this condition you should not consume sugar or sugary foods.

All kinds of food can be generally good but depending on your health status certain kinds of food will not be good for you. ‘’One man’s meat is another man’s poison’’ may apply here.  You should know your health status at all times.

You well know that salt gives food the desired taste and so the right amount is used always. However, a Medical Doctor can ban you from consuming even the smallest amount of salt for life depending on your health condition. If you are fortunate to be told this you become aware of your health status and can desist from taking salt to preserve your life. What will happen to you if you are in this condition and don’t know anything and continue consuming salt?

  1. Living a Sedentary Life

Living a sedentary lifestyle does not promote good health. If your work involves too much sitting you are advised to do much of exercise, at least some regular walking morning or evening.

If you are an older person who is weak and cannot do any strenuous job you need to walk around your house every morning even if with the aid of a walking stick. That will help you a little than always sitting at one place waiting to be served with your breakfast and then go back to sleep.

  1. Refusal to Have Regular Medical Check-ups

There are people who have specialized in studying human physiology to know how the body functions and provide antidotes in the event of something going wrong within or outside the body.

                                                              A Medical Doctor

As the body ages it gradually loses the ability to regenerate its cells and the ability to defend itself against diseases, and weakness takes over.  During such period you will need the services of these specialized people to assist you with the provision of medical care and advice to help you to continue living.

Life without regular check-ups by a Medical Doctor can end abruptly, and if you are young your family may attribute your sudden death to an imaginary witch, whilst with check-ups sudden deaths could be delayed or avoided altogether.

I know some adults who fear to see a Doctor just for the fear of a small needle.

  1. Having too Much Sex

Many people will not take this advice because it goes against what they love to do most. One thing I have already told you is that where there is too much pleasure and sweetness there also is death hiding nearby. Take it or leave it.

                                               Too much sex can weaken a man

I am not a Medical Doctor but I have observed many things in my 60 years of life to have an informed opinion about many issues including health. I know that too much sex on the part of men gradually weakens them that’s the reason women live longer than men.

Men exert much more energy during sexual intercourse than women do. That is why after a couple of rounds of vigorous sex you feel exhausted and have to sleep. And if you are either a young or elderly person and continue exhausting yourself regularly over long periods of time what will happen to you eventually? You’ll die leaving the women behind.

Craving for too much sex can push you to go after someone’s wife and commit adultery. Sadly this sin is considered normal in some communities in this world. When you go after someone’s wife you may one day get killed, period.

Growing older is a continuous process from birth so this piece of advice goes for all ages and not just for the old. Take special care if you are in your 30’s to grow older gracefully.

  1. Boozing

By boozing I refer to excessive drinking of alcohol (that is what it means of course). We all have fun with friends and brothers at times and take a little drink to spice the occasion. That in itself is nothing bad and I don’t like Pastors who preach strongly against all forms of drinking.

But what do you expect them to do when some people can drink to their death? Others drink and temporarily become paralyzed and that happens on a regular or periodic basis because they love to be called alcoholics.

alcohol addiction – drunk businessman holding a glass of whiskey on the table

Booze has been the cause of divorce in many homes but that is on a lighter side. It is a killer as well and has killed people too through serious hangovers in homes, through accidents on the streets and highways and through fighting where people get stabbed.

Booze has a very special way of exposing its victims. They usually have red mouth, puffy cheeks and swollen feet, with hands that always tremble. Their crave for the drink is always strong to enable them feel rather normal. Well, if you have the above symptoms know that you are at a dangerous point in your life. Is anyone of them reading this?

Why not stop boozing to live longer? There surely is a cure for this.

  1. Stress

In my post titled 12 THINGS TO STOP DOING AT 60 published on the 25th July, 2015, I mentioned that one of the things to stop doing at age 60 is stressful work.

Stressful work is that which takes much of your time and energy and leaves you very much exhausted at the time you close.

I read the story of a busy Secretary who always worked beyond normal working hours every day. She was paid very well by her employer but her problem was she never had time to enjoy her pay.

The topic is here again for you to read briefly about it.

                                                                    Stress

We all face stressful moments at one time or the other during our daily routines. When there is much work for you to do within a very short time you feel tensed up. When you have some pressing financial obligations to fulfill but have not the resources, you feel uneasy. Just thinking about something, some responsibility or obligation which you may not be able to discharge immediately can cause you some stress.

Thinking about issues like joblessness, lack of money, death of a family member, sickness, relationship and other issues can deepen your restlessness. There are a lot more causes and is a comprehensive topic quite beyond the scope of this post to get the wider picture. Readers are therefore advised to go online to read more about stress and how to cope with it.

In the meantime the one thing to remember before you go is that too much thinking can cause you temporary madness and so do as much as you can not to think too much about your problems and difficulties. It is dangerous to cross a major road when you are thinking too much.

In order to live longer you must de-stress yourself and try to have some peace of mind to live your life.

CONCLUSION

The above is not a comprehensible list of all the negative things you have to stop doing to grow older. There are more negative things to stop doing. Just take a little time to check yourself out to find out if you are doing certain things which are not good for your health. Then advise yourself.

Whilst this post looked at things to stop doing, the next post shall look at things you must do to help you grow older.

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Ebenezer Awuah

Ebenezer Awuah is a Diploma holder in Business Management and Administration from the Institute of Commercial Management [ICM] of UK. A former banker, now working as Administrator for Progressive Transport Owners Association [PROTOA-Ghana]. Formerly writing for P&P and Top Story, social newspapers in Ghana.

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