What's the most important health habit for women over 50? According to Dr. Oz , Daytime Emmy Award winning host of "The Dr. Oz Show," paying careful attention to what happens to your body after menopause is crucial. When your body stops producing estrogen, it also stops producing testosterone, which is the key ingredient for creating muscle mass. Without muscle mass, you don't have the metabolic furnace to burn through calories, which leads to weight gain. In order to prevent this, Dr. Oz says that you need to do a little extra in order to maintain your weight and be able to build muscle mass. Women have to lift weights in order to build muscle mass and prevent osteoporosis. Even using your body weight by taking classes like Yoga or Pilates will help fight against the loss of muscle mass.
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One of the biggest indicators to know if you're eating right is by assessing how you look in the morning. If you're bloated, it's because you are allergic or poisoned by something. Toxins in your body cause inflammation. If you look inflamed in the morning, something you ate in the last 12 hours probably bothered you.
To relieve stress, do deep breathing exercises. Put your right hand on your stomach, inhale, and count to 8. Do 10 deep breaths -- it will take 80 seconds.
Check your blood pressure on a regular basis. If you don't know what your blood pressure is, assume that it's high, because for 1/3 of Americans, it is. Find out where your blood pressure is and be sure to take the steps needed to keep it at an optimal level.
Instead of choking down healthy foods that you can't stand, eat foods that you love that also happen to be good for you. Explore which healthy foods you like, and eat them often.
French fries are the #1 source of obesity in America. Fried foods should not be on your agenda.
Red wine is especially beneficial to your body. If you are a drinker, two glasses a day is the optimal amount.
Walk! Use the stairs -- incorporate activity into your life. Do something that makes you joyfully able to move.
Always apply sunscreen to your face and hands -- these areas of the body show the first signs of aging. When selecting a sunscreen, be sure to choose a zinc or titanium based sunscreen, because they protect your skin for longer.
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