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Live Life to the Full in Optimal Health

  • Jun 18

    Have you considered living beyond 70? Recently I took part in an online poll asking participants why they were interested in nutrition. It was interesting to note the responses. The younger people tended to vote ‘looking good’ while the older ones were swayed to “staying healthy”.

    Are you interested in nutrition primarily to lose weight, to look good, or to stay healthy/avoid disease?
    option 1: I just want to look good
    option 2: Don’t care how I look, I want to stay healthy
    option 3: Want to stay healthy; looking good is a fringe benefit
    option 4: Want to look good, staying healthy is a fringe benefit

    What would your vote be?
    There are a few things we can do to look good – what we wear, how our hair looks, what make-up we use, how often we smile, getting anti aging treatment to try to slow down the aging process; which are all very fleeting. If we had a nose shape we did not like or scars, or other physical problems, then looking good maybe a priority. Or maybe you just don’t care how you look – you don’t give it a thought.

    I voted option #3 because when we are healthy we look and feel attractive; we have a zest for life that others are attracted to. When we look after ourselves because we care about ourselves, it naturally flows into caring about others. Once we lose our health, it can be very difficult to regain it – it is easier to prevent than to survive.

    People who look after their health tend to be happy, have more energy and vitality, have better sex lives, have no problems with sleeping, have healthy glowing skin, and have stronger hearts and healthy livers, as well as good brain function. Because of that, they have an optimistic view on life, so they tend to enjoy themselves. They spend their money on good quality (organic if they can afford it) fresh food, top quality nutritional supplements, environmentally “green” products and other health foods and herbs.

    I am now in my late 50’s and my Doctor rarely sees me. When my mother was the same age, she was on High Blood Pressure medication and suffered from arthritis. I don’t have either of those ailments.

    While genetics plays a part in how we age, our lifestyle is a big factor in healthy aging. The establishment would rather have you believe that your genes control your health while glossing over the far more important point that it is your diet that controls the expression of your genes.

    Some of the detrimental lifestyle factors are:
    1) Stress – continual stress without rest
    2) Poor nutrition – lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, too much red meat, too much sugar/high glycemic food, too many processed foods
    3) Lack of exercise
    4) Lack of sleep
    5) Negative attitude
    6) Poor oral health

    The earlier we start investing in our health, the brighter and more fulfilling our lives can be.

    What do you want to be doing when you are 70 plus?

    The decisions we make today and are in the habit of doing daily affect us now and into the future. How much respect do you place on your own well-being?

    Many people do not think when they eat and drink – it is not a priority for them to ensure they have a healthy lifestyle. When we continually eat high-GI foods, drink sugar-flavoured drinks, reject exercise, live in constant stress mode, how long do we think we can keep on doing that?

    How do you want your life to be in 10, 20, 30 years and more? Who do you want to be with? What do you see yourself doing for fun?

    Doctor Huber recently wrote:
    “There are 80 year old people in nursing homes and there are 80 year old people on golf courses. Do you think they both made the same lifestyle choices? I don’t.
    I hear people say “well, you gotta die of something.”
    Well yes you do but before you die you have the choice of deciding how enjoyable those last 20 years of your life will be.
    Unhealthy choices do not typically lead to a sudden stop at the end of the line. They typically lead to years of decay and painful erosion as you lie helpless in ICU beds and nursing home beds until the final end comes.
    The quality of your life from this day forward to the end of your life is decided TODAY by the choices you make.
    You and you alone can choose to follow a less common path, one that requires some planning and some inconvenience to arrive at rarified air where only the truly conscious exist.
    You’ll meet some really cool people there and I look forward to making your acquaintance.”

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

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  • Apr 15

    We all know that how our hair looks can make or break how we feel about ourselves. But did you know that what we eat also affects the aging of our hair? How can we have younger looking hair?
    This article explains more.

    The Route to Younger-Looking Hair
    Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 7:21am

    Since we regulate our diet for glowing skin and a good figure, why not also nourish the hair through our diet, as well?

    One of the best ways to nourish and prevent the appearance of aging hair is a high-protein, low-fat and low-carbohydrate diet, rich in essential fatty acids, leafy, deep green vegetables and biotin, a B vitamin. Stock your kitchen with non-citrus fruits, fresh leafy vegetables, yogurt with live cultures, tofu, legumes, whole grains, and oily fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, and sardines. Drizzle cold pressed olive, sesame or flaxseed oil over salads; flaxseed oil in particular encourages the growth of healthy hair. Snack on sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, figs, and soy products such as soy nuts or soy milk. Because iron deficiency is often responsible for hair loss in women, consult your physician to assess iron levels. If you’re not getting adequate iron in your nutrition, you may want to consider taking a supplement.

    A diet with nutritional deficiencies can cause sudden hair loss or thinning. Instead, strive to maintain a regular exercise routine and eat well-balanced meals to maintain a full, healthy, vibrant head of hair. If exercising outside, wear a leave-in conditioner to diminish breakage and a hat to shield hair from the sun. UV rays can also damage hair, destroying precious moisture and reducing shine.

    Although gray or damaged hair is often regarded as one of the most noticeable signs of aging, there are alternatives. Make a few simple skincare changes to your daily routine now, and strip the years away to achieve younger, healthier hair!

    Marie Bertrand
    Microbiologist and Skin Scientist
    SkinScience Clinic | www.skinscience.md

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