Basic Tips for Aging Healthy & Gracefully
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG)
Also read "My thoughts about health and aging gracefully!" by Christian Domergue
Many people enjoy excellent health into their 70s. How do they do this? The best way is to establish good health
habits and positive attitudes about life when you're young. However, it is never too late to start. Even if you are in the Baby
Boomer generation and have been living on a diet of junk food, you can still reap positive benefits by adopting good health practices now.
Here are some basic tips.
Links on this site related to "retiree's" common health concerns
Minimize the Bad Stuff
Eat Well to Live Well
Good nutrition is one of the fundamental principles of good health. The research
is pretty clear that people who adopt a diet
with lots of fresh and natural (preferably organic)
foods live longer and are in better
health than those who primarily consume
modern processed and refined foods.
Most nutritional experts agree that
one of the best ways to avoid cancer, heart
disease, loss of memory and other degenerative diseases is to eat
plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods are naturally
high in antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals and
environmental toxins. Some great antioxidant foods to include
in your diet are berries, tomatoes, leafy green vegetables and a
little dark chocolate (70% cocoa). Cruciferous and green vegetables like
broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale and Swiss chard can
help protect your body from toxins and cancer as you age. Include
some of these foods in your diet everyday.
Another good food to consider is nuts, which are a rich source
of unsaturated fats, vitamins and antioxidants. Good fats and fat
soluble vitamins are important for protecting the brain, so eating
foods such as deep ocean fish, wild caught salmon, organic butter (from pastured cows if possible), free-range eggs and grass fed
meats, is also very helpful for maintaining physical and mental
Good Oils to use include Olive Oil and Coconut Oil.
To keep your health as you age, there are some things that
are best to avoid. For instance, don't smoke. Smoking a
pack of cigarettes a day for 10 years will put you at higher risk
for heart disease, cancer and stroke.
It is also wise to go easy on the alcohol. Having an occasional
glass of wine or a beer with a meal is fine, but regular
consumption of beer and hard liquor is detrimental to the health of your
liver and your brain.
Another major thing to avoid is too many simple carbohydrates
(refined sugars and white flour). These foods raise insulin levels,
promote weight gain, increase and contribute to
the development of diabetes. Also avoid processed fats such as
partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, margarine and shortening.
Of course, it helps to avoid processed foods in general, especially
ones that contain a lot of chemical additives. Keep in mind that it is easier to avoid the "bad stuff" when you concentrate on getting
more of the "good stuff."
Use the Right Supplements
Since it is hard to eat right all the time in our society, it helps to
take a few supplements. A good basic supplement is Super Trio
This product contains Super Supplemental (a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement), Super Omega 3 EPA
(a fatty acid
supplement) and Super ORAC
(an antioxidant supplement). It
comes in convenient packets that can be carried in a pocket or purse.
One of the major secrets to avoiding the problems associated
is to get your body the antioxidants it needs. This is
one of the reasons fresh fruits and vegetables are so important to
health. Super Orac supplements these antioxidants. You can
also increase your antioxidants by taking Thai-Go
, a special juice
blend with a certified high ORAC value. (ORAC is the ability a
food has to neutralize free radicals).
Omega-3 fatty acids are also a critical anti-aging nutrient. They
are particularly helpful for the brain, which is fat by
dry weight. These fatty acids have shown to help protect
memory and brain function. They can also reduce joint pain,
protect the cardiovascular system and ease prostate problems in
men. These good fats are found in both Super Omega 3-EPA and
Krill Oil with K2
Besides these basic supplements, you may also want to take
supplements to reduce your risk of specific ailments. Check links above.
Take Good Care of
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and
a positive attitude is also critical to
enjoying good health as we grow older.
If you are experiencing emotional stress, try using some Distress
or another flower essence blend to help you have a more
positive mood. It also helps to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
For Starters, make sure ypou are staying physically active. Exercise
strengthens your heart, reduces your risk of diabetes and high blood
pressure, relieves the pain of osteoarthritis, fights depression, and
may prevent certain types of cancer. Adults over 50 should avoid
strenuous, high-impact exercises in favor of walking. running,
bicycling, swimming and other low-impact activities. As little as
30 to 45 minutes every other day will make a big difference.
Make sure you're getting 8-9 hours of sleep every night, too.
As people age, they often experience difficulty sleeping. Sleep is
very important to mood, immunity and overall health, so if you are
having trouble sleeping, try taking Herbal Sleep
, 5-HTP Power
or Melatonin Extra
before bedtime. If you are tense and anxious, kava kava
can also be helpful.
Maintaining meaningful relationships will improve your quality of life and your longevity. A study led by Julianne Holt-Lunstad
at Brigham Young University found that people with strong social
bonds reduced their risk of mortality by as much as 50 percent. So, stay socially active as well by spending time with family and
friends on a regular basis.
Note from Christian Domergue (Owner Four Winds Nutrition)
Being over 75, I have yet to see a medical doctor... so I guess I can share some thoughts about getting old and what to do about aging as healthy and gracefully as possible.
1. A moral & civic obligation.
One must do everything he/she can to avoid becoming a burden to society and/or family members ( I am talking about health).
2. Doing what it takes to stay healthy or improve your health
. Answering this LifeStyle Survey might be of great help to you.
. Exercising daily (walking 20 minutes a day is fine - the daily use of trampoline is excellent)
. Avoiding all junk food, junk snacks, junk drinks.
. Eating a healthy breakfast, a solid lunch and ONLY a salad for dinner (or a vegetable soup)
. Watching your body pH (between 6.4 and 7.0) [pH Paper and liquid Chlorophyll]
3. Taking the minimum of supplements such as:
. Enzymes to digest and assimilate your healthy nutrients [Food Enzymes]
. Protecting the brain [Brain Protex or Mind-Max]
. Antioxidants [Super Antioxidants or Thai-Go]
. A good combination of vitamins and minerals [Nutri-calm]
4. Drink enough water... 8 glasses a day is perfect for most of us.
That water should have a pH value visible on its label. It should be around 7.2 or 7.5 max.
If you don't see a pH value, do not buy that water as it is probably too acidic.
The best and most economical-eco friendly way is to purchase the Echo Water Ionizer. With good credit you will pay between $28 or $38 a month.
Make sure you have at least one bowel movement a day (if not take Gentle Move).
Cleanse your body at least twice a year (Tiao He Cleanse)
If you balance your pH and follow my recommendations (including the diet part) you will age gracefully and will probably get rid of a lot of unwanted "dis-eases"...