Friday 24 September 2021

Healthy advice for retirees living in Costa Rica

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Live in Costa Rica – Costa Rica is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean to the east. So, it comes as little surprise that seafood is plentiful. Fish is very beneficial for memory loss as we get older. It is high in the oil omega 3 which is good for both the brain and heart. It is recommended that you eat fish at least twice a week.

marisqueria-seafoodFruits and vegetables are also important allies for the memory. As I have mentioned in previous articles and blogs, fruits and vegetables are very affordable in Costa Rica. Just go to any weekend fería (farmers market) to stock up.

Natural fruit juice drinks are in vogue and sold widely in Costa Rica. It seems that there is a juice shop on almost every block now. Consuming these beverages can definitely have a positive effect on your health. These nutritious drinks usually contain a mixture of water, milk or yogurt, ice and almost any combination of fruits and/or vegetables.

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Saturated fats, products with refined flour, sugars, salt and fast foods should be consumed in moderation. Excessive alcohol consumption should also be avoided. Many retirees who come to Costa Rica find themselves with a lot of spare time on their hands and end up drinking too much alcohol. Don’t fall into this trap. During 33 years that I have lived here I have seen a lot of retirees and others drink themselves to death.

It is also important not to become a sedentary creature which living in Costa Rica. There is just no excuse for it in a country that has so much to offer.

Be sure to drink at least a couple of liters of water a day while living in Costa Rica. It is very easy to become dehydrated in a tropical country. As we get older our bodies sometimes forget to send us a signal that we are thirsty, so it is more important that ever to drink enough water. Remember, “Water is the source of life.”

Another beneficial activity for retirees is meditation. It can help both the mind and body. It has been proven that mediation relieves stress and in some cases can lower blood pressure. Other possible benefits are: better sleep, balanced emotions, improved concentration, better quality of life, reduction of headaches and strengthening one’s immune system. It is easy to learn how to meditate. Just go on line and you should be able to find something on the subject.

Wherever you live the bottom line is that you are responsible for your own health and happiness.

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Christopher Howard
Christopher Howard has lived, worked and played in one of the most magical places on earth for more than 33 years. His love for Central America is so great that he became a citizen of Costa Rica. Howard is the author the perennial best-selling travel/retirement/overseas investment guide book (15 editions), The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica. He is the only author of any of the guidebooks about Costa Rica who actually lives there full-time. You can reach Howard at

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