Growing Old Gracefully
Categories Advice, Aging

Growing Old Gracefully

Growing Old Gracefully

Today the average duration of human life in the United States
is just about 70 years for women and a little less for men.
Conservative experts believe that man is really build to last
about 100 years; and that medical advances and more healthful
living habits could bring this about within a generation or two.

What good is it to add years to life if we do not also add life
to years? In fact, unless people learn to enjoy life and to
grow old gracefully, the extra years may be an additional burden.

From 18 to 30 years is roughly the period of highest physical
and mental vigor. The experiences we accumulate from the day we
are born help us to conserve and to use our physical and mental
abilities more wisely, so that for some time after 30 years we
are able to perform increasingly well in spite of slowly slipping
vigor. After age 50 the increasing accumulation of experience is
no longer able to offset the now more rapidly energy and therefore
aging begins to assert itself noticeably and in many ways.

A number of things may come about gradually such as people who have
not used eyeglasses before may at some time in their forties need
them for reading, and in the fifties they usually need bifocals.

Also in the forties, people are likely to put on weight because
there is a general slowdown in the oxidation rate of the aging body
tissue. Also we tend to do less strenuous work with no reduction
in the amount of food consumed.

And in the fifties there is likely to be some loss of hearing.
Usually the high-pitched tomes go first, so words with the sounds
of F, S, and TH are confused. A hearing aid may be needed in
some cases.

Aging is generally accompanied by a loss in physical and mental
flexibility. This is noticed in a tendency to become stiff in the
joints; in slower comeback after a strenuous trip, excessive “night
life,” or hard work; in slower healing of wounds, sore muscles,
and sprains; in slower recovery of pep after an illness; and in
greater difficulty to adjust to new people, new places, and new
ideas.

Men, especially, will notice loss of muscular strength. There will
be increased unsteadiness and delicate muscle movements will be more
clumsy and the stride in walking will become shorter. The conclusion
now is that the performance and ability of the elderly has long been
underestimated and can be greatly improved by a proper diet, sleep
and exercise along with rest and relaxation.

Many elderly people tend to lose their joy and will to live and
chronic worriers may mope around and withdraw. Medical authorities
now say that laughter is one of the best medicines for the elderly.
You can always keep your sense of humor tuned up by surrounding
yourself with pleasant and interesting people. Just act your age
and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself even when no else is around.

Now that we all know the role that physical activity plays in our
lives, remember to do something physical every day. The joints must
be used or quite simply they will tighten with age creating that
stooped worn out appearance we so often associate with getting old.
Keep yourself flexible and fit on an exercise program consistent with
your ability.

Lab Test you should have done each year

  • Coenzyme Q10 2.5 – 3.5  mg/L
  • Vitamin B12 500–1300 pg/ml
  • Vitamin D (test in autumn) 60- 80 nmol/L
  • Pregnenolone hormone 195-225 ng/dL

You can order the above test here

Supplements for keeping joints pain free.

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin sulfate
  • S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)
  • Turmeric
  • Fish oil
  • Water 4-8 glasses a day

 

Herbs and Vitamins for Healthy Teeth
Categories Advice

Herbs and Vitamins for Healthy Teeth

Herbs and Vitamins for Healthy Teeth

Our modern diet has caused many of us to become deficient in certain minerals and our dental health can become adversely affected. Cavities in children and people of all ages are being linked to nutritional deficiencies.

Most of us take for granted that we are getting enough of the needed minerals in our diet. That assumes that everyone knows the importance of minerals for our health and wellbeing.

Much of our farmed soil has become depleted and the majority of people cannot afford a completely organic diet. Combined with dietary choices based on taste rather than health, it is easy to see how these nutritional deficiencies can occur.

Phytic Acid Locks Up Essential Minerals

Phytic acid is a substance commonly found in most grains, nuts and beans. It has the ability to bind to minerals in your body, just like a magnet. This process removes the minerals before they get a chance to be absorbed and deposited where we need them most.

If your family’s diet consists largely of grains (crackers, cereals, breads, pastas, rice, bagels, cookies, cakes) or bean salad or raw nuts and nut butters, chances are you are getting copious amounts of phytic acid in your diet and not enough minerals for your teeth and bones to grow and remain strong.

In addition to reducing intake of these food types, there are food preparation methods, such as soaking your beans and nuts overnight that can help remove some of the phytic acid before it is consumed.

Supplementation

Keeping the immune system strong with antimicrobials can help fight off decay and prevent infection or abscesses from setting in. Popular antimicrobials include licorice, myrrh, goldenseal and echinacea. Including garlic in your diet wherever possible is beneficial for boosting your immune system and preventing infections.

Calcium

Our dental enamel is approximately 90 percent calcium phosphate.

Calcium Rich Herb Sources

  • Shepard’s Purse, Clivers, Coltsfoot, Horsetail, Toadflax, Mistletoe, Dandelion, Plantain, Pimpernel and Chamomile.

  • Include these in your diet via teas, capsules, tablets or powders.

Calcium Deficiency

The body is always communicating feedback to us. The trick is learning how to listen to the signals. Signs of calcium deficiency include:

  • Rickets, unexplained nervousness, muscle spasms and cramps, joint pains, osteomalacia, cataracts, insomnia and tremors.

Getting enough calcium is important, but the issue of effective uptake of calcium may have more to do with the lack of Magnesium, Vitamin D and K2. This can be obtained from the foods we eat or by supplementation to ensure that the calcium we are digesting is actually getting absorbed correctly. If any of these are lacking the body will pass much of the available calcium from the body before it can be used.

Vitamins A, C and D

If not enough of these vitamins are being absorbed by the body, the teeth will break down and loosen.

Vitamin K2

Naturally found in the fermented Japanese dish of Natto Beans, this supplement has gained much attention recently. It is reported that anyone who is taking Vitamin D or Calcium supplementation should also be taking K2.

It is naturally found in egg yolks and some hard cheeses; however, the amount claimed to be needed in our diet is basically unattainable unless you are frequently consuming the fermented Natto Bean mixture.

K2 helps to deposit minerals such as calcium into the correct places in our bodies, such as the bones and the teeth and remove excess calcium from where we don’t want it deposited, such as between the joints, where it can cause painful inflammation.

Silica

Ever important for bone, teeth, skin and hair care, you can add this mineral to your diet with horsetail tea.