Have you ever thought about your spit? If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t at all, except for when it becomes annoying (like when you exercise and might have too much of it). But your spit, or your saliva, to be more exact, is really something you should know a little bit more about. That’s because it’s not just water; it’s an actual indicator not just of the health of your mouth, but the health of your digestive tract. That’s because saliva isn’t just water. It’s enzymes and proteins, minerals and antibacterial compounds. It helps to balance out the pH levels in your mouth, which in turn protects your teeth. And it also can help to heal wounds and get rid of nasty food chemicals. What more should you know about how your saliva functions and how you can make sure it keeps doing its job? This graphic explains it.
Will I always do it myself? I imagine that once I get into my mid 70’s I will probably just invest in funds that own a spread of the best companies. In the meantime, I am still learning. I have attended a Successful Investor Group and now follow Peter Castle from EasyShareTradingsystems.com.au.
To reduce my risk I have diversified investments across various financial instruments, industries, and other categories. This technique allows my investments to maximize returns by investing in different areas.
I have diversified my investing pool in:-
- First Mortgage Lending
- Australian Shares
- US Stocks
- UK Start-Ups
If you want to give DIY (Do it Yourself) investing a go then you need to learn to invest in yourself, and you need to practice. Our retirement savings will probably be the largest amount of money we have ever had to look after so the earlier you start your financial education the better investor you will become.
Find an organization to join that represents the interests of the investor. In Australia, the Australian Investors Association (AIA) holds an annual conference at the Gold Coast, Queensland every year and is an excellent place to start your investor knowledge.
DIY Investing is doable. It takes time, practice, planning, and patience.
The retirement vision is something we eagerly await. Some of us have a clearly defined picture of our future retired lives. We know the location, the activities, the travel and dream of the free time. What happens then when this definition of our retired life is not duplicated by our partner? After all those years together, could we possibly want a different life in retirement to them?
“Retirement is a major stressor on relationships, because people are so preoccupied with setting up the financial bedrock of retirement that they don’t think about interpersonal challenges. They don’t think about the lifestyle change,” says Bornstein, co-author of How to Age in Place written with his wife, psychologist Mary Languirand.
Retirement can be about compromise. One of the reasons for disagreement is deciding where to live in retirement. In the past retired folks tended to stick close to their family and friends, and it worked well. They could rely on support as they age. Longevity has increased our lifespan, complicating things. It is now not so simple.
One trend is to downsize and go and live with likeminded golden-agers. The advantage of this move is to reduce the amount of work in and around the house and we also gain the ability to share our lives with others with similar interests.
Another trend is to relocate overseas to achieve a lower cost of living, live in a milder climate and be closer to all those places you wanted to visit but never had the time to go. Increased support for expats via websites and magazine articles has encouraged people to take the plunge and move to a foreign country. If your hobbies and interests are portable then it is not difficult to make the move.
Here are some helpful things you should consider when relocating. Whether you are moving within your state, interstate or to another country, having a register of what is important to you will assist you as you research prospective retirement locations. The reasons for relocating and what is important to you will influence what is on your register.
Tricia Pimental, author and the Portuguese correspondent for International Living, was convinced by her husband to move to Portugal. With a hesitant start, Tricia fell in love:-
- with the history;
- the weather;
- the Roman ruins in her adopted country
and found the ideal platform to continue her love of writing completing her third book, A Moveable Marriage.
After renting for a number of years they are now bought their own property to cement their commitment to sharing their dream in new terrain. Have a listen to Tricia’s story.
As you approach Retirement it is the time to discover the secret of compromise.
Until next time.
The liver is such an incredible organ that nurtures and protects the body day in and day out. With over 500 functions, it is best known as the organ that neutralizes and disposes of body toxins, feeds the body the energy it needs to function, and regulates sex hormones, cholesterol levels, and vitamin and mineral supplies.
On top of all these, the Irish Times note that the liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself, which makes it possible for an individual to donate part of their liver to another person. A lot of bodily functions rely on the liver and as such, knowing how to take care of it can be a great help in reducing the risk of developing various health conditions that come with old age. Here are some tips that can help you achieve a healthy liver:
Easy on the booze
With the liver’s capacity to regenerate, liver damage is often reversible – especially if you ease up or completely cut its causes out of your diet. The most common cause of liver damage is alcohol. According to NBC News, a new report found out that more and more Americans are developing severe liver disease related to alcohol. While there is no precise measure of how much alcohol is considered “safe,” it is best to stick to the government recommendation of one drink a day for women and two for men.
More often not, we don’t realize that anything is wrong with our livers until the damage is already done. If you’re a heavy drinker or eat too many fatty foods, it’s best to get checked regularly even if you don’t feel anything wrong. Each one of us reacts to chemicals, toxins, and medication differently. That being said, efforts you take to support your liver must be advised by a specialist and tailored to your lifestyle, genetics, and other health conditions.
Cleanse through diet
Food can be a great way to cleanse the liver and detoxify. Dr. Shera Raisen of Parsley Health suggests going on a “cleansing diet that gives your liver a break.” Food like artichoke, watercress, green leafy vegetables, ginger, garlic, and berries all help in regulating the metabolic pathways in the liver and assist in the elimination of toxins. Going for green tea and water instead of sodas and other colored beverages can also be of help to the liver.
Drink black coffee
As mentioned by the US News, more and more research has been found to support the benefits of black coffee on the liver. Aside from protecting the liver from alcohol-related cirrhosis, the anti-inflammatory properties in coffee also help reduce the risk of liver disease by as much as 70 percent. Three to four cups of black coffee a day can effectively help in slowing down fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatitis B and C, as well as non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease.
Given the important role the liver plays in your overall health, it pays to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet coupled with regular exercise. To ensure a healthy and happy retirement, make sure to take extra care of your other organs like your gut. For tips and tricks on how to improve gut health, listen to our podcast Improve Your Gut Health For A Healthy Retirement.
Want some tips on how to save money on travel in Retirement? If you save wisely during your working days so as to live the retirement of your dreams, then traveling must be one of the things which you would like to do. Definitely, you would like to experience the best meals, hotels, and adventure while you are driving on foreign land. In fact, traveling is considered the first goal of many retirees, even more, that spending time with family and friends.
Some of the world’s popular destinations where the many retiree dreams of visiting in their retirement include; Alaska in the USA, in the Danube and the Rhine rivers which are located in central Europe, the southern Caribbean, and Hawaii in the United States. You may travel voluntarily to explore the nature, but also you may travel for medical holidays. Despite your reason for traveling, you should spend your money wisely so as to ensure many great trips in future. It is not advisable to blow your bank on a single trip. Here are some of the tips that can help you cost-save when traveling.
- Travel during off-peak times
Since you don’t have to cram onto weekends flights, take that advantage of booking the flights that leave on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday because they are always cheap. That will help you to avoid paying more for weekend flights.
- Ensure you fully utilize the discounts you are entitled
If you are a member of veteran’s group, don’t forget to mention that when purchasing an air ticket. You are entitled to get substantial discounts on flights, hotels or even in rental cars. For instance, the United Airlines discounts any air ticket purchase online by a person over 65 years.
- Think of getting health and travel insurances
One key downer about retirement travel is considered to the health issues. You may want to buy an extra health insurance since many Medicare supplemental insurance plans don’t necessarily offer insurance coverage out of the country.
- Budget with a cushion
It is important to locate about 20% of your money for unseen costs when making your budget. That will cover any money shortage that may incur unknowingly.
- Always consider a home swap
You should save money o a rental while you travel especially if you stay for a long time. That will enable you will be able to swap houses with a local. Therefore, you will evade the hotel costs. However, just be sure to sign any relevant document that may lay out ground rules before starting to stay in someone’s home.
6. Become a Budget Traveller
Shane Thomas is expert at travelling on a budget. In fact Shane is so good at it he only comes home to Melbourne, Australia, once every two years. He mainly hangs out in South-East Asia moving every three months. Travel is planned out well in advance based around great air fare deals. Check out more of Shane’s tips on how to save money on travel in retirement.
For more helpul Tips and Traps for Travellers go to the www.retirewellretirehappy.com.