Basic Tips for Aging Healthy & Gracefully
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG)
Also read "My point of view regarding major health issues of our time" 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.
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 health.
Good Oils to use include Olive Oil and Coconut Oil.
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 you 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 (Co-Owner Four Winds Nutrition)
Being over 80, 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.
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 or Dieter's 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"