A Guide To Healthy Aging

A Guide To Healthy Aging

Healthy aging is one of the greatest needs in United States today.

The “un-wellness” of our senior population, and the un-wellness of the 76 million upcoming seniors to be is not only frightening, but it will bankrupt our present medical system.

Most seniors have worked hard for their whole lives on everything but their health.

That has been left largely in the hands of doctors.

Health has not been in the forefront of most people’s minds…until something goes wrong.

Then, it is the total focus.

If you think about it, that is a totally backwards way of thinking.

It’s the mentality of “if it’s not broken don’t mess with it”.

You wouldn’t even expect your car to function well if you didn’t take care of it.

How about an airplane if the company had that type of attitude?

You wouldn’t expect your clothes to look good if you didn’t take care of them.

You wouldn’t expect your computer to work well if you didn’t maintain it the way it needs to be maintained.

The same is true for your health and wellness.

It is a fact that we spend more on keeping our cars running well than we do on keeping our bodies running well.

More and more people are realizing that if they are going to be healthy, they’ve got to take charge of their wellness and find the kinds of anti aging products and solutions that will bring them better health.

The older you get, the more important healthy aging becomes.

In this section, I will be talking about some of the problems related to healthy aging, offering suggestions, alternatives to drugs, connection to an anti aging diet plan, help for the aging brain, and more.

I believe in self education, and, I will do my best to provide you with thoroughly researched, credible information, and also encourage you to do some research on your own.

Your future quality of life literally depends on it. If you don't believe me, take an afternoon and drop by a skilled nursing facility, or nursing home and ask some of the residents what they did for their health while they were going through their lives.

I think you will be surprised.

I’ll Ask My Doctor…..

When you start to explore different methods to improve your health, you may ask yourself: “Why doesn’t my doctor know about this?”

Good question.

It’s about research, and it takes time to sort out the real from the hype, and most doctors simply don’t have the time or the incentive to do that type of research.

They have restrictions through their insurers, and different organizations that inhibit their ability to apply more actual healing methodologies into their practice.

Another problem is that there are a large number of bad products and “magic healing” techniques out there, as well as “snake oil” type salespeople, so the skepticism on the part of the medical community is, in a way, justified.

Unfortunately, there are also documented, solid studies, some from 20 or more years ago, that show irrefutable evidence that diet is literally what is killing us.

Healthy aging is virtually impossible eating the types of food that make up the typical American diet.

Whenever western diet enters another country, the death rates rise.

If that is the case, why would we think that our diet that is causing problems for other countries, would be good for our health?

I would highly recommend reading a book called “The China Study” written by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and called the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted.

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Do Your Own Research

Really, if you are of normal intelligence, you can look up information for yourself.

Even if you don’t have your own computer, most libraries do.

After all, it is your responsibility to take care of your health.

You are responsible for your own healthy aging, not your doctor.

That’s a hard “pill” to swallow for most people who have come to think of their doctor in an almost God like way.

Guess what, most doctors really do not know how to help you to live a longer healthier life, they really can't even help themselves.

Statistics show that most doctors die at an average age of 57 to 60 years old!

WHY would you trust your most valuable asset: your health, to someone who doesn't have the faintest idea how to help you live a long and healthy life??

When you consider the fact that the United States ranks 37th in life expectancy of all the developed nations, and we are #1 in degenerative diseases like arthritis, in the world, you must realize that there is something definitely wrong with our medical system.

Why would you go to someone to find about healthy aging, when they don’t know how to do that for themselves?

Don't misunderstand me, I think a good doctor is invaluable for things like broken bones, and some surgeries.

The problem is the type of education that most of our medical professionals receive has very little to do with diet and nutrition.

We DO live on what we eat, we cannot live on drugs, which is a large part of a doctor's education.

Doctors are mainly educated to treat disease, not prevent or cure disease. There is a big difference.

I’ll Just Take A Drug

Most people know that all drugs do is cover up the problem and, at best, hide the symptoms of the problem.

They don’t correct it.

Please make sure you are clear on that: They do not correct the problem.

You are looking for a solution to the problem, not just a cover up of the symptoms.

Instead of healthy aging, you will have unhealthy aging until your body can no longer deal with the impacts of the drugs.

Then, you really don't need to worry about it, you're dead.

It’s A Business---YOU Are The Main Profit Ingredient!

You should be aware that the business that we call health care, and make no mistake, it is a business, big business, is really the sickness business, it is not a health business.

Our medical industry has very little to do with health, healthy aging or disease prevention.

The $1.5 trillion that we spend on medical care, more than any other country in the world, is primarily for dealing with being sick and treating the symptoms of sickness.

Remember, that even though we spend so much on our medical system, we are number one in the world in degenerative diseases.

It is not about being stronger and healthier.

It is certainly not about diet and nutrition.

It is about money.

When you go to the average doctor today and tell them that you have health issues like arthritis, or failing vision, or hearing problems, aging skin problems, you are told a good part of the time that that’s what happens when you get old.

But, most of the diseases that plague the older population, and the younger population, can be eased, or even eliminated through proper diet and nutrition, and exercise. Take a look at this recent article about heart disease and how it can be corrected by a diet change.

It is absolutely critical that you start NOW, whatever your age is, not next week or next month.

You really need to ask your self what you want for your future, and for the future of you family.

Healthy Aging and Nutrition, Is It Important?

You bet it is! As we get older, we don’t absorb nutrients as well from our food, which leads to health problems such as arthritis, low energy, night vision issues, eczema, depression, malnutrition, loss of balance, brittle bones, just to name a few.

To compound the absorption problem, we have poor quality food, so where it was very marginal for getting adequate nutrition when we are younger, it is less than adequate for even regular good health as we age.

If you eat the same foods at 50, in the same quantities that you did when you were 20, you will gain weight.

Every year that passes, your metabolism slows down, you change (in case you hadn’t noticed!).

Healthy aging is possible. Yes, it is hard to change, but when you consider the alternatives……

Healthy Aging: It’s All About Nutrition

There are a lot of health issues that just seem to “appear” as we age.

The tendency for a lot of people is to think that “I won’t get old like everyone else”.

Well, guess what, you don’t have a choice! HOW you age is a choice you do have, and the key to living a full, active life in your senior years, and the key to how you age is what choices you make for diet, nutrition, fitness and exercise, and weight management as you are going through your life.

Good nutrition and exercise habits are not one of those things that you put off until tomorrow…tomorrow usually winds up getting here before we know it, and then it is usually too late.

Should I Take a Supplement?

Only if it is a good one, and there are not very many effective vitamins on the market.

According to recent research, most of them cause more problems than they solve, especially the best selling ones like Centrum™ and One-A-Day™. These are a total waste of money.

Recent research has shown that any vitamin that contains, sulfate, gluconate, ferrous fumarate, cupric sulfate (copper), or chelate forms of minerals, act as free radical triggers.

The free radicals these reactive minerals create are capable of neutralizing, (using up) most of the antioxidants in your digestive system---even those delivered in the same multivitamin.

What does this mean? It means that the minerals are actually using up the antioxidants before you can absorb them into your body.

Not only do you not get your important minerals, but you don’t get your antioxidants to protect your body either.

Having adequate antioxidants helps in prevention of diseases like cancer, and they promote healthy aging.

Which companies use these types of minerals? Companies like: Centrum™; One-A-Day™; GNC™; Usana™; Herbalife™; Pharmanex™, just to name a few.

There is one company that has developed a patent pending system for mineral delivery that essentially eliminates this problem.

Their research has been substantiated by independent researchers, including the world’s leader in free radical studies, Dr Garry Buetner.

For more information, go to: Vitamins and minerals.

Vitamins and Minerals for Optimum Health To find out more about this company, that I have been dealing with for over 10 years, click here.

For Healthy Aging, Start Early

Too often, a lifetime of disregard for personal health can lead to chronic disease, a kind of “extended life imprisonment.”

Healthy aging is not really a process that starts at 60 or 65, it is a combination of everything we do throughout our lives: what we eat; if we exercise; if we read and train our minds; work stress, and more.

It’s about how we manage our lives from the time we are able to think for ourselves.

You can make some changes at any age, and benefit, but the best plan is to start yesterday.

Modern science is showing us more and more how most of the painful, punishing challenges of old age could be prevented if informed choices were made earlier in life.

Your Muscles

Your muscles are also affected by what you eat or don’t eat—at any age.

Did you know that on average, we lose about 1% of our muscle mass after the age of 30?

You know where it goes don’t you? Yep, gravity takes over and a bad case of the “sags” sets in and replaces our once youthful buff body.

So, just exercise more? Well, yes and no. It once again goes back to nutrition.

For total health and wellness, there needs to be a balance between nutrition, smart exercise, weight loss or management, and even attitude which affects how you feel about your self, and how motivated you are.

Just as you have lost muscle over the years, it is very difficult to re-build it, and it is virtually impossible to make any progress without adequate nutrition, protein, supplements and work out aids---not machines, but nutritional products that help with electrolyte replacement, etc. It all needs to be in balance.

Everyone Has The Same Basic Needs For Good Health

For the most part, we are all the same: We all need certain basic nutrients for our bodily systems to function at their best.

It is a little disconcerting to look at some food nutrient comparisons between the 1940’s and modern times.

Just taking spinach as an example,(not one of the most favorite foods for your average person), according to the U.S.D.A., you would have to eat 79 servings of spinach today, (Popeye here I come!) just to get the same nutritional value of one serving of spinach in the 1940’s!

That’s how much we have lost in quality while focusing on quantity (money).

Most of our foods have lost a dramatic amount of nutrients.

That impacts our health. We live on nutrients. Our health and wellness is dependent on the nutrients we get from our diet.

Senior Moments…Are Normal!

Who hasn’t had a senior moment, you know, when you can’t remember where you put the car keys, or you forgot a birthday.

Heck, I used to have those moments in my 30's!

Right away, you start to worry that you are “losing it”, and ask yourself: “what else have I forgotten?”, as you look at your shoes to make sure that you have a matching pair on.

The worry is Alzheimer’s disease, and you wonder how you will know for sure if it hits you. (You probably won't remember after it happens)

EVERYONE forgets things, even people in their 20’s, we have just forgotten (oops) that.

Use a planner for important dates and appointments.

As the saying goes: “don’t sweat the small stuff”.

If, however, you are forgetting a lot of things, and some of them very simple like where you live, or your best friend’s name, then you may need to look into the possibility of dementia or Alzheimer’s tests.

But for most people, you can relax, the majority of healthy older people can expect changes in their brain and memory function.

A few moments of forgetfulness does not mean that you’re losing your faculties, it just means that you have an aging brain, or you are stressed out.

A part of healthy aging is taking care of your brain, which, again is tied to nutrition--- the right kind of nutrition.

I will end for now, look for more additions as time moves along, and, do not hesitate to contact me with questions. If I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find them for you.

Here is a recent interesting article about the #1 country for life expectancy and healthy aging:

Japan

— Japan now has so many people over 100 that it is cutting costs by reducing the size of silver cups it presents to those who reach that age.

Last year, 19,769 people reached triple figures in the world's most rapidly aging country, compared with only 153 in 1963, the year when the cups were first presented.

"We realized there's not such a big difference in appearance if we cut the diameter from 10.5 to 9 cm (4.13 to 3.54 inches)," an official at the Health Ministry said. "We also had to think about how to continue to do this for an increasing number of people on a limited budget."

The cups are presented on September 15, a holiday designated Respect for the Aged Day, to people who have turned 100 in the past year.

The cost varies with the price of silver, but the Yomiuri newspaper said it was about 7,000-8,000 yen ($72-82) apiece, including a wooden presentation box. The Japanese are the world's longest-lived people, a phenomenon experts have attributed to a range of factors, including diet and widely available health care.

There are 36,436 people aged over 100 in a population of 127.8 million.

The main reason that the Japanese people live so long is diet. We can take a lesson here. Something else we can learn is that the Japanese actually have a day set aside to respect the aging, it is an honor to reach such an advanced age.

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