Healthy Aging Resources

Live Life to the Full in Optimal Health

  • Jul 19

    Many of us take our health for granted until we lose it. And then, instead of thriving we start surviving. Others are proactive with their health. It may take a serious illness in the family or amongst friends to give us a wake-up call or it may be just a realization that it is up to us to become more responsible for our own health. So what is the difference between healthy aging and anti-aging?

    Suzanne Somers defines the eight anti-aging steps in her book ‘Breakthrough’ as being:
    1. Get Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
    2. Avoid Chemicals and Detoxify your body
    3. Take nutrition seriously
    4. Create a healthy GI tract
    5. Avoid Pharmaceuticals unless absolutely necessary
    6. Supplement your diet
    7. Exercise regularly
    8. Get proper sleep

    In an ideal world these steps are certainly ones to aspire to. I would also add another step:
    9. Visit your dentist every 6-12 months so that dental decay, gum disease and high bacteria levels can be treated in the early stages. This is a step that people often overlook. Inflammation in the mouth can cause heart disease and diabetes. Find a dentist who has the philosphy of ‘find it early, treat it while it’s small’ – this will prevent pain in your mouth, in your body and your pocket down the track.

    With respect to step 6 – supplement your diet, I believe that this is a vital step for our well-being. Our environment is not as healthy as it was in our grandparent’s days – it is difficult to avoid the chemicals and toxins that are in the air and the food and water that we consume. To fight the extra free radicals that our body is producing, it is imperative that we use advanced quality nutriceutical antioxidants, multi-minerals, multi-vitamins and omega-3.

    I would define Healthy Aging as all of the above, except I would leave out:
    1. Get Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
    For many people this step is too expensive. Not only do we have to find a Bioidentical medical specialist and pay them, we also have to pay for the therapy. However, if our hormones do require balancing to improve a health condition I would certainly consider this option.

    If you do not have a health condition by adding steps 2 to 9 with step 3 being a healthy diet of “Technicolor” fresh fruits and vegetables, very low sugar, low GI foods, avoiding processed foods, our hormones should be in healthy balance albeit declining as we age.

    My intention is to live a long and healthy life which will provide me with the vitality to have fun and to inspire others. What are your long-term health plans and what are you going to do to ensure that your health goals will be achieved?

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

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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  • Apr 30

    Whilst us women are the doorway to life – our mouths are the gateway to our cells. What we put through that gateway and how we take care of that gateway can affect our health big time. Healthy teeth and gums are anti-ageing!

    I am married to a dentist, so I know first-hand just how important it is to go for a regular check-up. However, I also know that many people do put it off. It does continually surprise me, that I can see a woman who has taken the time and care to have beautiful hair, clothes and make-up and then spoils that picture with an ugly, un-cared for mouth. A smile is the most amazing thing that we can bestow, so why not make it a younger looking beautiful one?

    And it is not only just for looks, either. Gum disease and tooth decay can be painless which is why we need a dentist to be our coach – dentists now have the technology to find decay at an early stage using intraoral cameras and digital xrays, and they also have the tools to treat bacteria in our mouths. Find a dentist who is passionate about his patient’s dental health and is using the latest technology to make the patient’s experience as comfortable as possible. My husband uses air abrasion and dental water lasers to treat very tiny areas of decay before they become big, which has enabled him to become a mercury-free dentist. Make sure that your dentist does not place mercury amalgam fillings – after all mercury is one of the most toxic things that we can be exposed to.

    Research is revealing that bacteria in our mouths does enter our blood-stream and is a factor in heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

    Further reading
    Read an article about The Relationship of Teeth to Nutrition by Tom McGuire DDS. Tom also has some great information here about mercury amalgam fillings plus a worldwide directory of mercury-free/mercury-safe dentists.
    Mercury Madness: This website brings together information on all the sources of mercury toxicity and provides a “big picture” bringing together all these threads.
    Dr Simon Wenley provides information about how to have healthy teeth and gums for life

    Another thing that you may wish to consider, is to purchase fluoride-free toothpaste. Fluoride is another controversial element has been added to many public water supplies. When purchasing toothpaste also check if they contain artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners. Beware of these ingredients, as many have been known to produce adverse side effects. For instance, Sodium Laurel Sulfate (found in several top toothpaste brands) has been known to cause skin irritations and canker sores. Do you really want to brush your teeth with a product known to cause canker sores?

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  • Mar 22

    What anti-aging strategies do you have in place? I am a baby boomer and I am feeling great.  However I see other boomers who are starting to crumble.  Just recently a friend of mine, who is well under 50, has been diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells and will shortly be undergoing an operation.  Her youngest daughter is 6 years old.  Who do you know who has suffered from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and stroke?  I have had two friends my age die from breast cancer and ovarian cancer in the last two years.  What can we do to stay younger longer so that we can live life to the full?

    There are lots of commonsense things that we know about and can do (and should do).

    Here are 8 anti-aging strategies:
    1. Eat fresh non-processed food.  Eat a variety of fruit and veggies every day.  Cut out sugar. Eat good quality protein in small amounts.

    2. Drink plenty of good water.  Some people say they don’t like the taste.  I have installed a reverse osmosis water filter and it not only makes the water taste delicious,  chemicals and toxins have been removed. On top of flushing toxins out of the body, a major BENEFIT of drinking water is to carry NUTRIENTS into the cells of the body. In addition to helping nutrients get into the cells where they are needed, the benefit of drinking water in adequate amounts also helps to keep the CELLS well …hydrated so they can FUNCTION properly and efficiently.

    3. Exercise.  Find something you enjoy – walking, dancing, cycling, gardening, jogging…add a comment and tell us what you do for exercise (and keep it clean!)

    4. Rest.  Find something that gives you peaceful enjoyment that releases you from life’s stresses.  It may be meditation, listening to music, curling up with a good library book.  What do you do for quiet enjoyment?

    5.  Take advanced quality nutritional supplements. Taking once-a-day supplements will not make you healthier.  Nor do supplements that are at Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA/RDI) doses.  They are a waste of money.  The best ones are at optimum levels.  Everyone needs to at least take a mega antioxidant, a multi-mineral, a calcium/magnesium and omega-3 supplements.

    6. Check your attitude.  Do you look for solutions or do you focus on the problems?  Do you look for good in people or do you enjoy criticising?  Do you work at being positive or negative?  It’s your choice what you think – so choose wisely. This is a video of man who is making the most of what he has got.

    7.  Have fun!  Look after your friends and family. Make new friends.   Share, laugh and cry together.  Contribute to your community – giving is far more rewarding than receiving.

    8. Last but not least – visit your dentist. Yes, attractive looking teeth make us look younger and not only that, good oral health is vital for our health. This is a tip that is often overlooked. My journey over the last nine years has awakened me to the health benefits of good oral health. And on top of that, I am married to a dentist who has also been educating me about the toxic nature of mercury amalgam fillings. By going to your dentist regularly you will be helped to keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay. Bacteria in the mouth contributes to inflammation which may lead to heart disease and diabetes. If you have mercury amalgam fillings consider having them removed safely and replaced with natural white coloured fillings for younger looking teeth.

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

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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