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IN MY EYES: At 50 something

Dominic Valiente, 53, a computer technician the last 20 years, admits he is no longer as sharp as he was in his 20s.

“I was as strong as a bull in my 20s, still a bull in my 30s but when I reached my 40s, my eyesight started to fail,” he recalls.

When the first computers reached the country, he started working as a computer technician.

“The first computers did not have any radiation protection screens and after 2 years of using the CPU, my eyesight started to get blurry,” he said.

Today, he uses 3.0 eyeglasses to repair computers.

At 53, his body is a virtual vitamin storage.

“Everyday, I take in iron with folic acid, multivitamins, fish oil, Vitain E and a brain booster. Every night, I also take in Vitamin D3 with calcium,” he said.

He has turned vegetarian the last 3 years and has stopped drinking coffee, soda drinks, powdered fruit juice and ice cream.

“They are all laden with large doses of sugar which may cause cancer,” he said. “Cola drinks and powdered fruit juices pain my stomach for at least a day and raise my sugar level.”

He exercises irregularly but admits, he feels better now unlike before he was consuming the above-mentioned drinks and beverages.

He devours fish and vegetables and shuns away from pork and beef. Everytime he wakes up in the morning, he drinks 2 big glasses of water before doing some household cleaning and gardening.

Dom has also in his list the things to avoid now that he is 50 something. He said he was able to research these things some years back.

  1. Alcohol

As people hit a certain age threshold, alcohol affects them differently: They may have a lower tolerance or slower reaction times, and older people often take over-the-counter prescription medications that may have adverse reactions when combined with alcohol.

Alcohol in excess may also worsen specific age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and ulcers. There are, however, studies indicating that moderate drinkers are less likely to die from a form of heart disease than are people who never drink any alcohol.

  1. Coffee

Drinking too much coffee may accelerate the much-loathed wrinkling process. The ingestion of caffeine leads to a “pituitary adrenocortical response,” which raises the level of the hormone cortisol. Excess cortisol has been found to thin the skin, which can cause wrinkles and dullness.

  1. Cured Meats

Highly processed cured meats like hot dogs, bacon, and pepperoni are loaded with sodium; in fact, the average hot dog contains a quarter of the recommended daily allowance. Women in their 50s are especially susceptible to weakened bone density and osteoporosis, conditions exasperated by high intakes of salt.

  1. Fried Food

A properly functioning stomach is able to empty its contents quickly and efficiently, but as people age, their stomachs empty more slowly, increasing the risk of acid reflux. Foods especially high in fat, such as fried foods, tend to remain in the stomach much longer than other types of foods, leading to heartburn and reflux.

  1. High-Fructose Corn Syrup

It’s estimated that our metabolism — the breakdown of nutrients to produce energy — slows up to 5 percent per decade. Staying active, eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods, and lowering overall caloric intake are ways to fight against a slowing metabolism, but eating foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup will have the opposite effect of its negative effects on metabolism.

  1. Highly Processed Carbohydrates

An over-reliance on highly refined carbohydrates such as white flour, sugar, cakes, or pastas spikes blood sugar and leads to an over production of insulin, which increases the risk of developing adult-onset diabetes

  1. Ice Cream

Constipation is another unfortunate reality of old age brought on by the slowing of digested material through the large intestine. Ice cream, everyone’s favorite frozen treat, isn’t doing your gastrointestinal tract any favors. Its high fat content, loads of lactose, and absence of any dietary fiber makes it a difficult dessert to process.

  1. Margarine

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people over the age of 65, but the threat begins much earlier in life. By 50, the walls of the heart grow thicker, and the valves grow more rigid. To stymie these changes, avoid any foods containing trans fatty acids. Two of the most common culprits are margarine and vegetable shortening, which raise LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and lower HDL (good cholesterol) levels.

  1. Microwave Popcorn

One of the greatest fears among people over the age of 50 is developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. These debilitating diseases are intimately linked to cognitive functioning and memory recall. Microwave popcorn is particularly detrimental to brain health because it contains diacetyl, a chemical that may lead to a buildup of amyloid plaque one of the core proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dom says he is already avoiding these food and has, since then, “feeling younger.”

“I’m a bull again,” he said.

And so I’m sharing these things for all 50 something, fellas.

We will all reach that far, God permits. #