Healthy Aging Resources

Live Life to the Full in Optimal Health

  • Sep 4

    I would normally be skeptical about a book with a title of “Wheat Belly” by Dr William Davis. As you would all know by reading this blog, I am a health conscious person with a healthy lifestyle and diet, but I was finding it difficult to shift about 5kgs of visceral fat.

    Earlier this year I read the fascinating book Diet Evolution by Dr Steven Gundry.
    Dr Gundry advocates removing all grains from our diet (“a healthy grain is an oxymoron”) and so I was open to what Dr Davis had to say about wheat.

    And after reading “Wheat Belly”, I took action! Within two weeks, my waist size dropped by 2 inches. And I am slowly releasing weight. I am following Dr Gundry’s recommendations, but it was the bread at lunchtime (I was in denial) that was putting the brakes on, and they are now off!

    I am a bit of a ‘how do the cells work’ person, and Dr Davis helped me to understand the role of cholesterol more thoroughly – I like the detail he gives on our body’s biology. This extract explains LDL particle size : how large LDL particles increase the LDL reading, but the large particles are healthier than the small particles.

    Last year, my Naturopath told me to go on a gluten-free diet – and I have done more than that and I am feeling great! (And for more information about wheat and gluten this is an interesting article by Dr Mark Hyman: “Three Hidden Ways Wheat Makes You Fat“.)

  • Jun 29

    About two years ago, a friend of mine who is in her 40’s came to me for advice about arthritis. Her doctor had told her that her neck was like a 65 year olds. Not only did she have arthritis in her neck, but in her feet as well. My friend is passionate about horse riding – how much longer will she be able to do that? How do we prevent and care for Arthritis?

    Both my parents had arthritis – my father’s was in his feet and hands, my mother’s in her back. My husband has arthritis in his knee – a result of a rugby injury and having cartilage removed. Arthritis is both painful and debilitating.

    What causes arthritis?
    There are two types of arthritis – osteoarthritis (the most common, caused by wear and tear) and rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of the joints due to an autoimmune disease).

    Doctor Ray Strand says “Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process within the joints. Over 70% of the people over 50 years of age have some degree of degenerative arthritis. This is not a disease that will typically shorten one’s life, but will certainly cause significant pain and disability if left untreated.
    “When researchers study joint fluid extracted from an inflamed joint, they note a significant increase in the number of excessive free radicals. In contrast, fluid from a normal joint has no free radicals present. Studies have shown a significant increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in those individuals who have low levels of Vitamin E, beta-carotene, and selenium. Research has further indicated low levels of vitamin D and Vitamin C in patients suffering severe joint disease and whose disease progresses much more rapidly than the norm”.

    My horse-riding friend is a ‘health nut’ – she eats organic food and has a healthy lifestyle. But that hasn’t been enough to prevent Osteoarthritis. My suggestion is to add advanced-quality broad spectrum supplements to a healthy lifestyle to support healthy joints and bones. And to also continue with exercise to maintain fitness, muscle strength, heart health, relieve pain and stiffness and to get better quality of sleep.

    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease – caused by a virus or bacteria. The immune system becomes confused and it attacks itself rather than the bacteria or virus. The joints become inflamed causing chronic inflammation, pain and joint swelling; and the joint fluid which is usually thick becomes thin, so the cartilage becomes less protective.

    Further Reading
    (NaturalNews) A recent study from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, has found that rheumatoid arthritis is on the increase among Caucasian women. And the culprit is likely an environmental one, like vitamin D deficiency, rather than a genetic one.

    Do Glucosamine Supplements Work? an article by ‘Nutrition Diva’ Monica Reinagel, M.S., L.D./N.

    Very informative article from the Linus Pauling Institute about Vitamin D and the health impact of not having enough of this critical vitamin in your body.

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

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  • 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

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

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  • Jun 9

    You will read in the media that nutritional supplements cause deaths, breast cancer, expensive urine and we don’t need to take them. I suggest that you do make sure that your beliefs are based on reliable sources and not just the latest headline.  Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?
    Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?
    It is important not to take the media reports at face value – they are there to sell bad news.

    For instance, does the latest research define what supplements were taken in what doses, for how long, what was the strength, what was the bioavailability, are they balanced and what was the quality? Were the supplements from a natural source or were they artificial (a factor in the case of Vitamin E for instance)? What other factors were involved e.g. the health of the subjects before the study? Sometimes the answers to these types of questions are difficult to find.

    My belief is based on my experience, the many books about nutrition that I have read, and the doctors and scientists I have listened to.

    According to Michael Lam, MD, MPH, ABAAM: “Study after study over the past 40 years confirms that nutritional supplementation is a cheap insurance for longevity and cancer prevention if taken at the optimum dosage. Nutritional supplementation is a food. It is not giving your body something that your body does not have. It is to supplement your body’s existing level and to ensure that the proper nutrient at the proper level is available for the body at all times.
    It is an accepted fact that people have different nutritional needs based on genetics, weight, gender, age, health status, physical activity, and ability to absorb nutrients. If you don’t know what you need, the safest strategy is to err on the side of slight excess if you are in general good heath. Having a little extra of any nutrient won’t harm you. But a brief deficiency can, and a chronic will.

    Taking optimal amounts of nutritional supplements is a cornerstone and key component of any comprehensive anti-aging program. You simply cannot get enough of these nutrients from your diet for optimum health, and having inadequate amounts can kill you.”

    My parents had a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately my Dad did smoke cigarettes but stopped when I was born. They lived in Australia which is conducive to growing your own fruit and vegetables in the back garden. So they ate organically from their garden (my Mum was such a great cook that my Dad preferred eating meals at home), they had moderate exercise (swimming and walking) and had a mostly stress-free life. But that didn’t stop them suffering from arthritis, heart disease and in my father’s case – prostate cancer. My mother suffered from high blood pressure for many years and was on expensive BP medication. My mother died at the age of 71 from a heart attack and my dad died at 77 from the prostate cancer. Sadly, they have missed out on seeing their grandchildren reach adulthood. As far as my beliefs are concerned, I now know that eating healthfully isn’t enough.

    Many doctors do not encourage their patients to take supplements because they only know about over-the-counter (OTC) ones. Most of the OTC supplements are made to food grade standards and only come up to Recommended Daily Allowance doses – which is just not good enough. What we need to look for, are advanced quality, GMP standard, optimal dosage supplements. Also, once-a-day tablets are a waste of money.

    “The FDA looks at nutritional supplements the same way it looks at foods. This entire industry is really not regulated, and a nutritional company can pretty much put any amount of nutrients in their tablets. In other words, the amount stated on the label is not necessarily what is in the tablet. Unless a nutritional company voluntarily produces its nutritional supplements in a pharmaceutical-grade method, the consumer has no assurance that what is on the label is in the tablet. Why sell your health to the lowest bidder? Taking high-quality, complete and balanced nutritional are the least expensive health insurance policy you will ever purchase.” – Doctor Ray Strand

    The optimal level of vitamin E is 400 IU. What do we need to eat to get 400 IU of vitamin E? You would only need to eat 33 heads of spinach or 28 pounds of butter or 5 pounds of wheat germ each day to get that much vitamin E!

    The optimal level of vitamin C is about 1000 to 2000 mg daily (the RDA is only 60 mg). You would only have to eat 18 large oranges or 80 avocados to get that amount of vitamin C from your diet.

    Taking advanced quality, balanced, broad-spectrum, bioavailable, comprehensive, high-potency nutritional supplements supports:
    healthy aging and long-term optimal health,
    heart health,
    joint and cartilage health,
    brain health,
    bone health,
    liver health,
    eye health,
    oral health,
    mental health,
    maintenance of muscle strength,
    supports a robust and healthy immune system,
    supports optimal stamina,
    helps the body to cope with stress
    – as well as offering complete antioxidant protection against oxidative stress caused by free radical damage.

    Until I was 48, I did not give much thought to having a healthy lifestyle. Yes, I exercised and I ate (and still do) the organic vegetables that my husband enjoys growing in our back garden. But I was lacking in energy. I put that down to getting older. It wasn’t until I started taking supplements that my energy levels revived and I felt more vibrant. I have been taking advanced quality nutritional supplements every day, twice a day since the year 2000 and I plan to take them for the rest of my life. My BP is normal and I don’t have the arthritis that my parents suffered. And not only that, I don’t feel old! So something is making a difference.

    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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