Basic Tips for Aging Healthy & Gracefully
Also read "My thoughts about health and aging gracefully!" by Christian Domergue
Minimize the Bad Stuff
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 with aging 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 Yourself
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 Remedy 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.
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