April 2010 Newsletter Top Preventive Measures For Quality Aging

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 in Anti Aging, Diet/Nutrition, Emotional/Mental/Spiritual Health, Exercise & Fitness, Newsletters | 0 comments

Today’s stress (environmental, mental/emotional, dietary) is higher than it has ever been equating to the statistics below.

In the U.S.:
  • 1 out of 2 children will have diabetes
  • 1 out of 3 adults will have Type II diabetes
  • 1 out of 3 people will have cancer
  • 1 out of 5 people will have an autoimmune disease

Alarming to say the least. It is not uncommon for clients to say to me “what does it matter what I eat and drink, I’m going to die anyway.” My reply, “yes you are…but quality aging is what you are striving for so that through your nineties you are not suffering from a chronic disease, depending on dozens of medications, functionally immobile, or losing your mental faculties.”
The root of all disease is infection (candida, parasites, viruses, bacteria) and inflammation (infections, dietary deficiencies/toxins, environmental toxins psychological stress) over time. If you can move toxins out as fast as they accumulate you will stay healthier in the short and long run.

What Is The Key To Assuring That?

  • Prevention and education
  • Making lifestyle changes NOW


What Steps Can I Take?

  • Sleep – (6 to 8 hours a night) – insomnia is one of the top 5 complaints I hear in my office. Either you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep or both. Growth hormone is produced during sleep and is known as the anti-aging hormone. With interrupted sleep you create more oxidative stress and age faster.

Remedies

  1. Cut out caffeine (even if you have it in the morning)
  2. Exercise in the morning
  3. Take B vitamins at breakfast and lunch (not dinnertime)
  4. Drink chamomile tea (steep for 20 minutes one hour before bed)
  5. Eat a couple slices of turkey one hour before bed – tryptophan will make you sleepy
  6. Try natural remedies such as melatonin, Valerian root, Benesom by Metagenics, or Calming (homeopathic) by BHI
  • Healthy eating – keep your diet to 50% organic vegetables, 1-2 animal proteins (organic, antibiotic and hormone free) per day, 10% good fats (coconut oil, olive oil, raw nuts/seeds, avocados), 1-2 servings of gluten- free grains (amaranth, buckwheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, teff, and wild rice), 1-2 organic fruits per day, 1 serving or less of beans/legumes per day, and very small amounts of dairy (organic butter, almond milk, and raw goat/sheep cheese). Use sweeteners such as stevia, xylitol, Just Like Sugar, Sweet Fiber, or small amounts of raw honey. Keep your diet clean: 80% of your week, stick to what is listed above. 20% or less each week (once or twice) indulge in your favorite treat (i.e. ice cream, cookie, french fries, glass of wine, etc).
  • Stay hydrated – drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day (e.g., 150 lbs = 75 ounces of water per day). Herbal and green teas count towards your water intake, but because they are diuretics, you must nonetheless drink water. Filtered water is better (reverse osmosis, structured matrix, distilled, Kangen water system).
  • Make sure your body is free from infections – candida overgrowth is pandemic in this country – read The Candida Cure to know more. Either take an antimicrobial formula or probiotics daily to keep candida, parasites, viruses, and bacteria away.
  • Exercise – walking, yoga, swimming, cycling, etc. is critical to keep the blood and lymph system moving toxins out of the body. Even if you can’t leave your house you can march in place for 20 minutes watching your favorite t.v. show. Twenty minutes or more 5 times a week is what your body needs to stay balanced.
  • Breathing – deep breathing, particularly the exhale removes 3/4 of the body’s toxins. Most of us hold our breath (unknowingly) throughout the day adding to tight muscles and strain in the upper back, neck, and arms. >One to two minutes three per day – inhale slowly to 7 counts, hold for 7 counts, and exhale for 7 counts. Work your way up to 14 counts for each.
  • Supplements – you have to eat five times what your grandparents ate to get the same nutrients. If you want quality aging know that you can’t get everything from food today. The most crucial are:
  1. Multi vitamin/mineral – one with high amounts of d3 and B vitamins, chelated minerals, and high antioxidants. NSI Synergy Neuropower.
  2. Omega 3 Fish Oil Carlson Super Omega 3 Fish Oil – crucial for hormonal and cardiovascular balance.
  3. Vitamin C NSI AdvanC with bioflavonoids – antioxidant, immune system booster, feeds the adrenals for energy.
  4. Vitamin ECarlson E Gems Elite – Unfortunately, multivitamins do not contain enough of this critical antioxidant, requiring you to supplement.
  5. Green powderNanoGreens – alkalizing to the body and contain minerals to rebuild the body.
  6. Maca rootvitamyr.com (1 lb jar organic). Root from Peru that balances male and female hormones, enhances libido, balances the endocrine system, helps with production of red blood cells, and increases energy and endurance
  7. Amino Acid ComplexCarslon Super Daily Amino Acid Blend (750 mg) – basics to rebuild the body
  • Hobby – pursuing a passion is essential for quality aging. Many of us do not like our jobs so when you have downtime it is important to engage in what feeds your soul. If you are not sure what your passion is start experimenting…take a class in something you’ve always wanted to do.
  • Spiritual connection – times are challenging and it is important to feel connected to something that is greater, something positive that gives us faith, hope, and vigor to be the best we can be.
  • Green household and hygiene products – we are bombarded with chemicals. Make sure your household cleaning products are chemical-free. Use non-toxic pesticides, herbicides, etc. You should also purchase non-toxic body care shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc.
  • EMF (electromagnetic field) reduction – technology is helpful to us yet causes inflammation. Sleep with your head facing magnetic north, use a hands-free or speaker for cell phone, take mini breaks outside throughout your computer usage.
  • Laughter – endorphins are released when you laugh making you feel happier. Physical laughter can cut through the most tense/critical mental situations and give you the courage to keep moving forward. Laughter also gives us perspective and reminds us not to take life so seriously. Be willing to laugh at life and yourself daily.
  • Read/crossword puzzles – you want to keep the mind active and engaged, not let it turn to Jello. Stimulate the brain by reading books regularly and/or doing puzzles, such as word searches, sudoku or crossword puzzles.
  • Live in the NOW moment – this is your place of power to neutralize anxiety, expectations, and feel more calm, joyous, and peaceful.
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