Healthy Aging Resources

Live Life to the Full in Optimal Health

  • Nov 2

    They Live Longer by Harry Mouratidis, MSc and Dr George Price, FRCPCHealthy Aging Resources

    Earlier this year, Harry Mouratidis asked me to review his book, They Live Longer – the secrets of healthy 90 year-olds. For anyone who is searching for the “elixir of life”, then this book certainly provides some answers.  Reading about people who are in the 90’s and 100’s and are still healthy, active and enjoying life is an inspiration.

    One of the main stand outs of this book for me is that most of the wonderful youthful nonagenarians who were interviewed have an engaging attitude – and I believe that it is mainly the strength of their beliefs that have kept them youthful for their age.

    As Harry states, synergy – the result of more than one factor certainly does have an influence.  A combination of a healthy diet, daily exercise, participating in their community and with their families, hard work, expectations, avoiding stress, being a master of your own destiny and positive thinking all does have an effect.

    The authors back up the delightful wisdom provided by the interviewees with scientific research – which provides the reader with the knowledge to incorporate into their own life. Included are the 7 steps of THE MASTER LONGEVITY STRATEGY.

    How many longevity factors can you tick? The Longevity Pyramid

    This book may be purchased from They Live Longer

  • May 2

    Recently I have had a few queries regarding natural therapy for healthy blood pressure.

    My mother suffered from high blood pressure (hypertension) for many years and then died of a massive heart attack at the age of 71. The blood pressure medication she was on did nothing to prevent heart disease, nor did it cure it.

    High blood pressure can result in a heart attack or stroke, and is called the ‘silent killer’ because there are no symptoms.

    According to Bruce H Lipton PhD author of ‘The Biology of Belief”, ‘genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts’ and the environment, that impacts on the health of our body’s cells.

    So what can we do?

    First of all, and I am pretty sure that you would have heard it all before,  there are 3 major things that need attention:

    1. Eat a healthy diet which includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Cut out large servings of meat and dairy. Remove processed foods and takeaways from your diet. Reduce salt intake. Drink 8 glasses of water daily. Quit smoking.
    2. Include moderate exercise in your daily life. Find something that you enjoy doing, so that it is not a difficult thing to keep on doing.
    3. Relax! Take deep breaths. Meditate. Read. Listen to music. Whatever calms you down and slows you down. Even if you just start with 10 minutes a day.

    Nutritional SupplementsIf you can’t do those 3 things, then it is pointless taking the following nutritional supplements.
    The nutritional supplements that I suggest are:
    1. optimal quality anti-oxidants, vitamins and multi-minerals
    2. a calcium supplement that also contains magnesium, vitamin D3 and Vitamin K.
    3. a good quality omega-3 fish or flaxseed oil supplement
    4. extra magnesium as required

    How effective are these supplements at reducing blood pressure? Government regulations do not allow me to voice an opinion, so allow me to hand over to my learned friends…

    Here is some educational information that may help you to form your own opinion.
    Dr Gerald Lewis is a cardiologist and GP. He is in the Who’s Who book for his work with blood pressure. Here is what he suggests for high blood pressure. Note that Dr Lewis says “Drugs are the treatment usually recommended by doctors. Today these are very effective and have fewer side effects (thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, calcium blockers, ACE inhibitors, A2 inhibitors), and in many cases are given together in lower doses, which further reduces the side effects” along with recommendations for nutritional supplements. Dr Lewis has also made a very informative video on coronary heart disease.

    The Amazing Nutrient that Lowers Your Blood Pressure – Dr Mercola suggests that vitamin-d levels are linked to arterial stiffness

    Personally, I take 4000iu of Vitamin D3 daily and I am about to go get my blood levels checked for Vitamin D.
    I wrote this blog post last year and you will see that hypertension is listed in the section on disease prevention – Vitamin D does more than just prevent the flu.

    (Natural News) Increasing incidence of high blood pressure continues to be the most significant factor in death from a heart attack and advancing cardiovascular disease. Elevated blood pressure readings cause thickening of the coronary arteries as micro…read more Proper potassium balance essential to healthy blood pressure and reduced heart attack risk

    Discover why eating sugar (and high glycemic foods/drinks) endangers your heart and overall health. This is an eye opening one hour presentation by Dr. David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences titled: “How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic”  Dr Diamond was diagnosed with heart disease in 2005 – high cholesterol included.  Find out why he is still alive….How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic

     

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    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended to support optimum heart health, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.  The nutritional supplements that I promote contain all of the above ingredients at optimal levels.

     

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  • Oct 17

    Nutritional SupplementsRecently a friend was staying with me and was curious about my supplements. I take a basic “wellness” program plus enhancers. I recommend the basic wellness program to people who are happy with their health and wish to maintain the status quo. For others who wish to prevent certain health issues, then a nutritional supplement program can be tailored taking into account their nutritional requirements and their budget. As we age, I feel that we need extra nutritional support for our long-term health.

    I would like to stress that taking supplements is no substitute for a healthy diet – we must avoid processed foods and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Exercise and getting out into the fresh air and sunshine is important for our good health.

    There are many more toxins and chemicals in our environment now compared to pre World War Two and our bodies require high-quality and optimum nutrition to combat these onslaughts.

    The basic wellness program:
    1. Antioxidants and multi-vitamins – whilst it is important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, we have no way of knowing how much nutrition is available or how fresh the products are that we purchase. Plus we do not know how much free radical damage is occurring in our bodies. So we need to keep our body’s cells ‘oiled’ to prevent the internal ‘rust’.

    2. Multi-minerals – Vitamins and enzymes cannot function without minerals. Minerals are missing from our soils, and thus our food. Minerals must be in a form that is readily absorbed by the body (i.e. bioavailable).

    3. Calcium/magnesium/vitamin D3 – vital for our bone health. Calcium supports strong bones, tissues and teeth, as well as healthy cartilage, joints and muscular activity – keeps you standing tall. All three nutrients work in synergy and keep our bones strong. Calcium and magnesium are also necessary to support healthy blood pressure.

    4. Omega-3 – from fish oil or flaxseed oil. Much research has been done on this nutrient. All cells in our body require omega-3.

    5. Fiber – An added option to the basic wellness program is a Fiber product. Fiber is necessary for our indigestion, and many people with health issues do not get enough fiber in their diet.

    Enhancers I add to my program:

    Glucosamine sulfate/Vitamin C/Manganese/Turmeric
    Both my parents suffered from arthritis. This product is the building block of healthy cartilage. The body does repair damaged cartilage but if the building blocks are not available then joint pain and osteoarthritis may result.
    Grape Seed Extract
    Before I started taking supplements, I used to get 3-4 colds/flu a year plus I suffered from hay fever and sinusitis. Grape Seed Extract helps in relieving the symptoms of colds plus is an excellent source of health-assisting antioxidants. Grape Seed Extract is naturally high in silicon, a mineral essential for healthy, soft, smooth skin. Grape Seed Extract may keep collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within the skin in good shape by blocking enzymes that might disrupt their chemical structure. Its flavonoids also inhibit allergic reactions that can generate skin problems.
    Phytoestrogens and soy isoflavones
    These provide a natural approach to maintaining health before and after menopause. Phytoestrogens in the diet are believed to be a stabilizing factor throughout hormonal cycles. This stabilization may help to maintain bone mass into the mature years. Always check the source of soy products because many these days are GMO.
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis. Collagen is essential for strengthening muscles, teeth bones, skin and blood vessels. Human bodies are incapable of manufacturing vitamin C so we must rely on our diet to satisfy our daily requirement.
    Vitamin D3
    Vitamin D3 plays an important role in helping the body absorb calcium and in bone mineralization, supports a robust and healthy immune system, important for the maintenance of muscle strength to prevent body sway and increased risk of falling. Accumulating scientific evidence is proving that Vitamin D provides more health benefits than simply bone health. Deficiency has been associated with increased risk of common cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and infectious diseases. Evidence is emerging that there is wide spread vitamin D deficiency in the broader population. People are covering up when outside in the sun to prevent skin cancer and many others are their spending days inside, and not getting any sun exposure at all. We need sun exposure for the body to make Vitamin D. Vitamin D is currently heavily researched – for up-to-date information visit the Vitamin D Council. Get your Vitamin D levels tested by your doctor to ensure that you are not deficient (“25 OH Vitamin D” blood test (also known as “25 hydroxy vitamin D”) and you want to be in the 50-80 ng/ml range).

    From time to time, I will take these two extra products to ensure good digestive health:
    Probiotics
    Probiotics help to maintain healthy gut flora. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common diagnosis in gastroenterology. Reduced quality of life caused by IBS affects approximately 20% of adult Westerners. Studies suggest certain probiotics to be beneficial, and provide a promising therapeutic alternative.
    Milk Thistle
    To help support healthy liver function and normal detoxification process

    Both my parents suffered from heart disease. My mother died from a heart attack after many years on blood pressure medication. My mother also suffered from diverticulitis for many years. My father had a triple bypass heart operation and eventually died as a result of prostate cancer. My parents never discovered the benefits of nutritional supplementation. My aim is to stay healthy until the day I die, which is why I am being proactive now.

    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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  • Sep 29

    Healthy skinDo you want a temporary skin fix or healthy younger looking skin for life? How much money do people spend on temporary fixes – cosmetics, botox, micro-dermabrasion, fillers and plastic surgery without thinking about providing nutrition for the skin from the inside? There is a now a new word ‘neutracueticals’ to describe taking care of our skin not only from the outside but also from the inside. Neutraceuticals are nutritional supplements that benefit our skin and the longer we take them the healthier and younger looking our skin becomes.

    You may have noticed that more and more companies are providing skincare products that contain herbs, nutrients and anti-oxidants – such as ‘amino peptide complex’, ‘Q10’, ‘feverfew’, ‘retinol’, ‘oatmeal’, ‘soy’, ‘lavendar’, ‘chamomile’, ‘ylang ylang’ as well as genes! The list goes on and on.

    Our skin, being the largest organ in our body does require care. And using products on the outside that are chemical-free and healthy is just as important as what we eat and drink. It goes without saying that our skin thrives on a healthy diet, proper sleep and good clean water. A good quick test to check if you are hydrated enough is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand – it should bounce back quickly when you let go. If not, drink more water.

    Last week I had a BodyTalk appointment with a lovely young practitioner. She asked my age and told me that I look about 10 years younger! I have been supplementing my healthy diet since the year 2000 and I believe it is really making a difference not only to my energy levels but also to my skin.

    Which supplements nourish our skin from the inside and provide us with younger looking skin?

    Calcium with balanced levels of magnesium, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K – helps with cells renewal, lipid barrier protection and antioxidant protection from DNA damage. A deficiency will manifest itself in dryness, itching, premature aging/wrinkling and an increased tendency to develop skin cancers. When there is a calcium deficiency, your body will ‘steal’ calcium from your bones and teeth.

    Antioxidants and grape-seed extract – these have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and anti-acne capabilities. They repair aged skin, reduce wrinkles, reduces free-radical damage, have wound healing properties and contribute to a healthy looking, glowing complexion. They stop us from ‘rusting’ inside.

    Omega-3 (from pure fish oils and flaxseed oils) – these block oxidation of skin oil and reduce acne. Without these essential fatty acids, dryness, skin irritation, whiteheads and blackheads will become regular features on the skin. They sooth inflamed skin and help prevent immature aging. They are essential for dry, sensitive skin.

    Minerals – these act as essential co-factors for vitamins and help catalyze many biological processes. Copper together with Vitamin C and the mineral zinc, helps to develop elastin, the fibers that support skin structure from underneath.

    Co-enzyme Q10 – it is better to be taken as supplement than to place it on our skin. It blocks oxidation of the oils in the skin and helps with the health of our skin therefore there is less chance of acne. It fights free radicals and improves the look of wrinkles. A vital nutrient if you are over 50, in so many ways.

    Ginkgo biloba – helps to increase circulation, prevent capillary fragility, improves tissue irrigation and helps to boost collagen formation and create fibroblast.

    Vitamin C – increases collagen production, (including dermal collagen) which is significant for wrinkle reduction, strengthening the skin’s barrier response, enhances the skin’s repair process and reduces inflammation. Lack of Vitamin C can also affect your nail strength and appearance.

    Glucosamine – not only supports healthy joints but a study (American Academy of Dermatology) has shown that glucosamine could prove an effective treatment to reverse the effects of skin cells damaged by UV exposure.

    Lutein – is not only good for our eyes but also contributes to increased skin hydration, elasticity and skin lipid content (according to a recent human clinical study).

    Phytoestrogens – important for preventing skin aging.

    Saw Palmetto – useful in the treatment of acne. Saw palmetto blocks the action of 5-alpha-reductase, reducing the amount of DHT in the skin and thereby reducing the stimulation of excessive sebum. Oral and tropical antibiotics can reduce the bacteria, which oxidizes skin oil. Antioxidants block the oxidation of skin oil and can reduce acne.

    By looking after your skin from the inside, you may never have to pay for expensive skin treatments. Plus you will have the added bonus of more energy, better sleep and better health.

    Further reading
    Bea Kinnear, has written a very comprehensive book on skin care covering skin types to preservatives, hair types to natural ingredients. It will open your eyes to the sometimes ludicrous claims made by many popular beauty products.
    Your Skin & You, 5th EditionYour Skin and You by Bea Kinnear

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging plus more information about self-preserving skincare, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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  • 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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  • May 16

    Do you have aging eyesight? I think that most of us would value our eyesight and would not want to lose our eyesight through aging. I have spoken recently to a neighbor who has problems with cataracts – she is finding it difficult to read books and is waiting for an operation.

    Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60, and over 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year. Most common complaints include difficulty driving at night, reading, participating in sports such as golfing, or travelling to unfamiliar areas; these are all activities for which clear vision is essential.

    I had an aunt whose hobby was embroidery and she lost the ability to discern the colours of the threads when she suffered from cataracts. After the operation, she was amazed at the difference in her sight. My father also suffered from cataracts as a result of aging eyesight. He was a professional photographer and film-maker and even though he had retired, it made life difficult until he had the operation.

    A few years ago, another elderly neighbour began using a walking stick because she was going blind as a result of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In the United States, age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years of age.

    As I love reading and travelling, I would hate the thought of having impaired eyesight and worse still, the loss of eyesight.

    Imagine not being able to see a view like this one of Wellington Harbour, New Zealand.

    A simple preventative solution is to wear sunglasses when in bright sunlight. And by combining a healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus supplements may provide further fortification.

    The Journal of the American Medical Association reported in its November 9, 1994 issue that individuals who have the highest intake of beta-carotene have a 43% lower risk of developing macular degeneration than those with the lowest levels. Other epidemiological studies have shown that people with macular degeneration also had low levels of zinc, selenium, vitamin C, carotonoids, and vitamin E when compared to control groups that did not have macular degeneration.

    Clinical studies have identified particular nutrients that appear to be beneficial in macular degeneration. Mixed carotenoids containing lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to improve the pigment density in the macula. In fact, supplementing with lutein showed about a 50% increase in concentration of this nutrient within the macula of the eye. This offers the macula increased protection against high-energy light and free radical damage. It is like having an internal pair of sunglasses, since lutein gives this area an amber color that is able to filter the light before it hits the retina. (Ref: Doctor Ray Strand)

    Another good reason to take high-quality antioxidants/multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplements combined with a healthy diet.

    Further reading:
    Healthy Eating May Prevent Cataracts

    Download further information regarding cataracts and macular degeneration.
    Visit Live in The Now Read how Vitamin D deficiency is linked to eye problems and A Foolproof Plan for Healthy Vision

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

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  • Apr 30

    Do you feel stressed? Is your life just one big rush, trying to balance many tasks? Stress is a big factor in the aging process. How do you de-stress your life?

    * Stress can cause headaches, nausea, psychological problems and even heart-attacks.
    * Stress lowers our white blood cell count, making us more susceptible to disease and illness.
    * Stress can cause hyperventilation and respiratory problems.
    * Stress can cause a variety of digestive issues, including constipation, indigestion and ulcers.
    * Stress is aging

    It is essential for many of us to have some quiet time alone, to de-stress ourselves from our busy lives. We can use that time for meditation or reflection, self-development, reading, listening to music – whatever calms you and brings you peaceful enjoyment.

    Many of us also benefit from friendships with other women, we just love talking. Make time for your friends and for making new friends – the more the merrier!

    I have recently discovered “Body Talk” which is a system of balancing techniques designed to stimulate your own innate wisdom to initiate the process of self-healing. It’s safe and non-invasive, works fast and brings about ongoing and lasting improvements on a physical, mental and emotional level. Find out more about Body Talk.


    Improve Memory ** Increase Energy ** Reduce Stress
    You may also want to take a look at Yoga and Meditation techniques that will allow you to discover natural stress relief, develop intuition, increase confidence, enhance mental clarity and improve memory concentration and focus! This is so powerful because it gives you the ability to transform your entire life 24/7 from the comfort of your own home, in about 20 minutes a day.

    Good nutrition contributes to a feeling of well-being and being able to handle the stress that sometimes is difficult to avoid. My suggestions for that feeling of wellness is to take a good quality anti-oxidant/multi-vitamin, a multi-mineral and omega-3 – along with a healthy diet that contains good helpings of fresh fruit and vegetables. The B vitamins are well known for helping with the stress factors. The anti-oxidants will combat any free radical damage caused by stress. And the Omega-3 will keep our veins supple which will decrease the strain on our heart. An extra supplement that may help with relaxation and sleep is a combination of calcium/magnesium/Vitamin D3/Vitamin K.

    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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