Age-Proof Your Body: Your Complete Guide to Lifelong Vitality by Elizabeth Somer
 

Increase Your Chances Of Living Longer

Breakfast
Make breakfast your power booster, it really is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast  boost  your brain power, lifts your mood, keeps you slim and takes only ten minutes a day. Researchers have found that the overnight fast leaves your brain starved. If your glucose levels are not boosted in the morning by an intake of food, certain brain functions can be adversely affected, most notably your memory. Breakfast eaters are greater in verbal fluency, are better able to recall and use new information. They are more sociable, outgoing and alert. Children should be encouraged to eat something before leaving home in the morning, even something as simple as a glass of orange juice or fruit shake.
Don't Feel Guilty
According to the conclusion of a study conducted in London England, people who felt guilty about eating a given food were more likely to eat more of that food than those who ate what they liked. It also showed that people who get great pleasure from food and love to eat appear to have a higher sex drive than those who pick at their food and feel guilty about eating too much. 
Dehydration
Make sure you drink eight to ten glasses of water a day, more if you exercise heavily. Don't wait until you feel thirsty. Once you feel thirsty, you've already begun to lose a significant amount of fluid. As your fluid level decreases, you'll start to notice a decline in physical performance.
Too Many Carbohydrates
Try to make sure your meals contain a balance of carbohydrates and protein. If you eat lunches that are high in carbohydrates but low in protein, you may find yourself feeling tired in the afternoon.That is because carbohydrates increase the brain's production of the calming chemical serotonin. 
Research suggests that protein, by limiting serotonin production, can offset  carbohydrate  induced sleepiness and help you to avoid those mid afternoon slumps.
Taste Buds
Contrary to previously held beliefs, the number of taste buds does not decrease in old age. Desensitivity, however, can occur as a result of illness, medication, or zinc deficiency, but it is reversible.
Biological Clock
Don't try to catch up on your sleep during the weekends by sleeping late. Instead catch up on weekends by going to bed early. We all have a biological clock that determines when we are alert and when we are sleepy. When you wake up every morning at six or seven but sleep until noon on weekends, you can upset your biological clock and end up feeling even more fatigued.
Vision
Vision problems can hamper concentration and may cause fatigue. If you are having a hard time focusing, leaning forward into the computer screen or hunching over your desk, have your vision checked. 
Colours
To feel better and stimulated add warm colours to your environment such as orange, yellow or red. Surrounding yourself with nothing but sombre colours can make you feel depressed and fatigued.
Our pages are created to provide medically accurate information that is intended to complement, not replace or substitute in any way the services of your physician. Any application of the recommendations set forth in the following pages is at the reader's discretion and sole risk. Before undergoing medical treatment, you should consult with your doctor, who can best assess your individual needs, symptoms and treatment. 
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