A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Aging
I had a question the other day about aging.
Getting older is a natural part of life.
How you’ll feel as you get older depends on many things, including what health problems run in your family and the choices you make.
If you take good care of your body and learn positive ways to deal with stress now, you can slow down or even prevent problems that often come with getting older.
A healthy lifestyle can make a difference in how you feel and what you can do.
The changes you’ll go through as you get older depend on a number of things.
One is your family history (genetics).
If your family members have diseases or ongoing health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes, you may have a greater chance of having those problems yourself.
But just because your risk is higher, it doesn’t mean you’ll definitely have the same problems.
In fact, the lifestyle choices you make can help reduce your chances of getting illnesses that run in your family.
And even if you do get a family illness, choosing to be physically active, eating healthy foods, and learning how to deal with stress can keep the illness from destroying your ability to enjoy your golden years.
Changes as you get older are usually gradual.
Certain physical changes are common.
Your metabolism slows over time, which means your body needs less food energy than before.
How much and how well you sleep will likely change.
Most people start needing reading glasses around age 40, and many have some hearing loss later in life.
Starting in your 50s, bone aging increases.
Also starting around age 50, you may notice changes in sexual function—it’s normal to have a slower sexual response.
Most vital organs gradually become less efficient with age.
The kidneys are less able to keep enough water in your body.
And the heart can start to show signs of wear and tear.
One of the most important things you can do for your health at any age is to be physically active.
Physical activity keeps your body strong, and it helps with how you feel.
People who stay active are less likely to get depressed.
Physical activity can be anything from walking to gardening to working out at the gym.
The important thing is to be active almost every day.
No matter what your age or condition, there’s a physical activity right for you.
Your mental and emotional health are also important.
Protect or improve your emotional health by staying in touch with friends, family, and the community.
People who feel connected to others are more likely to thrive than those who don’t.
And try to keep stress at a minimum.
In addition to getting regular physical activity, you can take charge of how stress affects you by taking 20 minutes a day to just relax.
To protect or improve your memory and mental sharpness, keep your brain active and challenged.
Learn or do something new and different.
Depression can be a serious problem for older adults.
If you think you may be depressed, seek help.
Chronological aging is unavoidable, but we can do a lot to age gracefully, with vitality and optimal health.
To deal with aging it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Consider fresh fruit/veggie juicing for high nutrient intake.
*Ensure optimal, quality protein intake.
*Review digestion and bowel posts; avoid constipation.
*Consider liver, gallbladder and/or colon cleanses.
*Exercise; yoga; deep breathing; oxygenate cells.
*Get fresh air, sunlight, spend some time in nature.
*Relaxation techniques; meditation; prayer.
*Eliminate processed, instant, sugar-laden, chemical-laden, hydrogenated/trans fat-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, soda pop.
*Eliminate MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Rebalance intestinal microflora; see my post on candida.
*Understand and/all side effects of any medications.
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