The first mentions of the Fountain of Youth have been recorded as early as during the 5th century BC in the writings of Herodotus, a Greek historian who was a contemporary of Socrates. The legend says that it is a spring that restores the youth of those who drink or bathe in its waters. Needless to say that since, many have been looking for the secret of longevity into the water. A Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leòn even discovered Florida on his quest to the Fountain of Youth, and was told that the magical waters were in Bimini. However, it was later found that the water of Bimini is a pool of mineral and salted water, rich in calcium and magnesium. It’s said that its restorative properties might have inspired the story of the mystical fountain as we know it. Nevertheless, history recalls several pools of thermal waters across the world, renowned for their healing qualities but yet nothing that remotely sounds like an anti-aging miracle recipe. However, the reason we, as a species, are so obsessed with age is that we associate age with illness. But you don’t have to get old to develop health complaints that are associated with white hair and wrinkled faces.
Typical old people’s issues
When you have grandparents, you know that there will be a time when you’ll have to figure out how to best take care of them. Getting old, even though it’s the most natural thing to do, doesn’t happen without health issues. Unfortunately, while some health issues can be managed easily if they are spotted early enough, there will be one day when your beloved relative loses their independence. The choice between becoming a carer at home or trusting a nursing home is a difficult one, but it is in the interest of your relative to choose what is best for them. There is a natural assumption that once the body starts developing specific failures, the aging process can’t be stopped. Consequently, it can be terrifying as a young adult to find yourself struggling with issues that you have experienced first-hand from your grandparents. Are you aging prematurely?
The answer is no. There are many reasons for your health concerns.
Sorry, what did you say?
If you find yourself constantly asking people to repeat what they’ve just said, or getting confused in a room where everyone is talking at the same time, then you might want to consider getting a hearing aid fitting. Of course, losing your hearing is traditionally associated with old age and natural degeneration of your bodily functions. But, in reality, hearing loss can occur at any age. Imagine, for instance, someone who works as a DJ in a club and doesn’t use any ear protection. You can expect that the prolonged exposure to loud sounds will affect their hearing. Similarly, if you’ve been in an accident that has damaged your inner ear, you can experience some hearing deficiency as a consequence. Surprisingly, heavy smokers and people suffering from hypertension can also need hearing support.
My knees are killing me
Do you wake up sore? Do you feel like there is a debilitating pain crippling your every move? If this is the case, you might be suffering from arthritis. While joint pain is commonly associated with old age, it has nothing to do with how old you are. In reality, joint pain is the result of articulation swelling, caused by either inflammation or an idiopathic condition. As your joints are composed primarily of water, it’s fair to say that the Number One reason for arthritis complaints in young people is dehydration. But there are also many adults and teens who experience swollen joints as a result of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, aka inflammation occurring with an unknown cause.
I’m too young for eye problems!
Cataract creates a cloudy film in front of your eye, causing the person to need eye surgery to regain their eyesight. While cataracts are common for people above 65, they can also occur in younger age as a result of medical conditions. Diabetes, for instance, can encourage the development of eye diseases, including cataract, if it isn’t managed properly. Indeed, the presence of glucose in the eye can lead to the formation of an opaque lens. The use of excessive steroid medications, alcohol consumption or even heavy smoking can also be facilitating factors.
I can’t remember where I put my keys
Finally, poor health and lifestyle choices can accelerate memory loss in young adults, creating a favorable ground for early dementia. In other words, reduce your stress levels and change your diet if you’re worried about your memory!
Health complaints can happen at any age. In the absence of a real Fountain of Youth, you’re left with only one option: Looking after yourself to maintain your health.
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