tip-health-wellbeingIf you are retired, thinking about retiring or starting out with some research on behalf of your parents and loved-ones then life in a retirement village is worth exploring as an option to enjoy your retirement in comfort and security.

Lincombe Manor in Torquay, Devon is a retirement village developed by the Nicolas James Group allowing retirees to take advantage of the option to enjoy the flexibility and freedom of living your life the way you want to and at your own pace within the safe and secure environment of a village community.

Lincombe Manor offers organised keep fit and activity programmes geared towards an older but active generation for peace of mind physically as well as emotionally. The 24/7 porter service available to residents ensures there is always someone on-hand to support your wellbeing.

It’s all too easy to forget that you get out what you put in so as well as ensuring your home suits you it’s equally important to look after yourself from the inside out… as we age, eating well becomes even more important to increase your ability to retain mental alertness. Sensible diet choices help resist illness and disease and improve the immune system.

The right foods will raise your energy levels and good nutrition makes for faster recuperation times and help you maintain a positive outlook and emotional balance.

Try putting some of the following foods on the menu. They are all high in anti-oxidants, which help to maintain the body’s chemical balance:

Avocado – has the ability to combat destructive rogue oxygen molecules and help preserve cells. Great in salads or with prawns, they are easy to swallow and very tasty.

Dark Chocolate – better for you the higher the cocoa content, a great anti-oxidant and a treat.

Garlic – is known to thin the blood so can help prevent small blood clots, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Cook with garlic to make delicious casseroles and great pasta dishes.

Liver – high in B6, B12 and folate, which can improve brain function.

Mackerel – has a natural anti-inflammatory action and has been linked to improved brain function. A great source of Vitamin D as well, which has been linked to the prevention of a range of chronic diseases.

Pear – has a high anti-oxidant rating and researchers think they have anti-inflammatory properties as well, which can reduce susceptibility to age-related diseases.

Red wine – is high in resveratrol, which can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. One small glass a night can do more good than harm, but don’t let the party animal take control.

Spinach – is an anti-oxidant food, which is also high in beta-carotene and vitamins C and E and folate, all of which can help protect against Alzheimer’s Disease.

Tomatoes – help protect tissues from sugar damage. Tomatoes have been linked to protection from heart disease and some forms of cancer and can also help protect against the sun’s UV rays.

Walnuts – rich in omega-3 fat and can be anti-inflammatory.

Water – critical to all of your biochemical, neurological and physiological processes and everyone should drink two to three litres a day. Even mild dehydration can lead to the build up of toxins in the body. So make sure you drink water regularly throughout the day.

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