TREAT YOUR BODY LIKE A TEMPLE BEFORE IT’S IN RUINS
OUT WITH THE OLD
Too often as they start to age, people shake and tremble at what is happening to them as all their expectations that they’ll live forever start to crumble. Who hasn’t heard the phrase, “Your body is a temple”? Some scoff at the notion, others live by it.
“I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.”
“Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.”
Frank Gillette Burgess
“The body never lies.”
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Everything in life needs some kind of maintenance. If your yard has weeds, you get rid of them. If your hair’s too long, you get it cut. If your dog needs flea and tick meds, you don’t think twice about getting it. But your body? Doesn’t it deserve even more attention? Isn’t it more crucial to attend to? You’d be amazed at how few people put it at the top of their “to-do” lists. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start.
EXERCISE YOUR OPTIONS
Exercise is an anti-aging bonanza; being active maintains muscles mass, boosts metabolism and keeps your heart and lungs doing what they are supposed to. And these are just a few examples. And it’s not like you have to be a tri-athlete to get noticeable results. One study found that just 15 minutes a day of moderate-intensity activity extended people’s lives by three years. A 2013 study conducted at Harvard found that exercise could be at least as effective as prescription drugs when it comes to preventing conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever, boosting your feel-good endorphins. Hormones released when we exercise help maintain and support muscle tissue. Weight bearing exercises help build up your bone mass-key for preventing osteoporosis.
PUT THIS ON YOUR PLATE
From your brains to your bones, what you eat matters. So it’s important to help yourself to plenty of age-defying foods.
Produce-pile on the fruits and vegetable like dark leafy greens, and berries which are rich in antioxidant compounds, which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers as well as improve brain function, muscle tone, and balance. Foods in this category can also promote heart health, support bone health and even help reduce risk of cancer.
Protein-This key dietary component becomes even more critical starting in the 40s, when muscle mass begins to decline by up to 1 percent a year. That drop slows metabolism, which makes the pounds pile on more easily. The double whammy consequence: Added weight puts your health at risk, and down the road, diminished muscle mass can throw off your balance (upping chances of a fall), sap your strength, and even threaten your ability to recover from an illness or accident.
Omega-3 Rich Fish-The omega-3s in fatty fish like salmon and tuna offer many anti-aging benefits. With their potent anti-inflammatory effects, they help protect your heart, lower your odds of have a stroke and may even help guard against Alzheimer’s disease.
Whole Grains-Research has shown that whole grains offer protection against diabetes, heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, high blood pressure and even gum disease. Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole grains can lower the risk of age-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because they’re digested more slowly than processed grains, they also help prevent high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes.
Nuts-The fats in nuts are among the healthiest you can find. If you avoid nuts because they’re high in fat, think again. In fact, one study showed that snacking on nuts cut the risk cut the risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol by about 20%. You only need to eat 1/4 of an ounce a day to get the benefits — that’s about 4 almonds.
Olive Oil– A basic kitchen staple, olive oil is a powerhouse of healthy nutrients that nourish your body working its magic inside and out to slow the aging process. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids and good cholesterol, and with the highest level of monounsaturated fat of any vegetable oil, olive oil is prized for its numerous age-fighting components.
Dark Chocolate-What is amazing, but wonderful, is that cocoa, which is unusually rich in flavanols may lower inflammation, keep blood pressure in check, prevent platelets from clotting (which could, in turn, prevent strokes and heart attacks and even boost brain power. Food such as these, and so many more, go a long way to shortening the illnesses that may come with aging.
Regularly catching only a few hours of sleep can hinder metabolism and hormone production in a way that is similar to the effects of aging and the early stages of diabetes. Chronic sleep loss may speed the onset or increase the severity of age-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and memory loss. Research has shown that just one week of sleep deprivation can alter hormone levels and their capacity to metabolize carbohydrates.
Research shows that how you perceive aging affects how long you will live. In a study of 660 people, those with more positive perceptions of their own aging lived an average of 7.5 years longer. Positive people don’t get stressed as much in day-to-day life, so they produce less inflammation. Less stress means less inflammation, which in turn promotes a longer life. It’s a simple formula. A negative attitude, because it causes stress and inflammation, can speed up aging.
IT MIGHT SEEM AS IF ANTI-AGING IS A BATTLE THAT CAN TAKE A LOT OUT OF YOU. YES, IT TAKES SOME WORK AND DEDICATION TO GOOD HABITS. AND YES, AGING IS A LONG ROAD. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE THE JOURNEY ALONE. THERE IS SO MUCH THAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP SLOW THE AGING PROCESS AND HELP YOU HAVE A LIFE WHERE YOU FEEL BETTER LONGER. THE FIRST THING YOU CAN DO IS TO CALL DENVER HORMONE HEALTH AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO MEET WITH STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN, MD. WITH SIMPLE TESTS, HE CAN DETERMINE WHAT HORMONE IMBALANCE AND VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES YOU HAVE. FROM THERE, HE DEVELOPS THE OPTIMUM SOLUTION TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS-NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL. SO PICK UP THE PHONE. YOU’LL START TO FEEL BETTER THE MOMENT YOU DO.
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