Healthy Aging Resources

Live Life to the Full in Optimal Health

  • Nov 29

    As many of us know, October is breast cancer month. Many thousands of dollars are collected to supposedly help women combat breast cancer. We are encouraged to take part in ‘early detection’ for your protection, but how often do we hear messages about breast cancer prevention? I have had one friend survive breast cancer, one friend who had both breasts removed and another friend who died after a long five year battle. Did they know what they could have done to prevent breast cancer????

    This weekend I attended a health seminar where it was refreshing to hear from two female health professionals talking about breast cancer prevention. Here in ‘clean, green’ New Zealand, it is astounding that 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer. Researchers are now saying that only 5% of cancers can be attributed to genetics, so the remaining causes are….????? Well, let’s say that we are in charge – yes, it is down to us, our lifestyle, our environment and our thoughts.

    One of the speakers on the weekend was Lynda Wharton who wrote a book this year titled ‘Well-Being’. Lynda’s book is ‘an essential guide to vibrant good health for women’ and contains ‘comprehensive information on holistic breast cancer prevention – a must for every woman’. I believe that it is our duty as mothers to teach our daughters what they can do to prevent breast cancer.

    Lynda provides a summary of things we can do to prevent breast cancer after she provides in-depth information. I do recommend her book – so if you can, get yourself a copy and use it for reference.

    Lifestyle choices:

    • Do not smoke, and avoid inhaling second-hand smoke
    • Keep weight within a healthy range
    • Keep calorie intake within a healthy range
    • Exercise aerobically for at least 4 hours a week
    • Minimize exposure to ionizing radiation such as X-rays and CT scans
    • Sleep in a very dark room at night
    • Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night
    • Minimize use of antibiotics as much as possible
    • Avoid (or minimize use of) hormone replacement therapy and the oral contraceptive pill
    • Choose environmentally friendly cleaning products which are less likely to contain toxic chemicals
    • Use plastic gloves and face masks if you are forced to use toxic chemicals, especially if they are sprayed.
    • Always move well away from the car when you are refueling to avoid petrol fumes
    • Use safety-conscious personal care products that contain no parabens
    • Avoid hairspray, nail polish and perfume containing phthalates
    • Avoid underarm antiperspirants containing aluminum; instead use aluminum-free deodorants (still controversial)
    • Breastfeed your babies
    • Avoid cooking or storing food in plastics; using plastic kettles; wrapping food in plastic cling wrap
    • Go without a bra whenever possible to allow unimpeded blood and lymphatic circulation in breasts
    • Aim to have at least 15 minutes of sun exposure every day, at the lowest ultraviolet times of the day (before 10am and 4pm)

    Nutritional Choices

    • Eat organic foods as much as possible to minimize intake of potentially estrogenic or carcinogenic spray residues
    • Eat 9 or more servings of organic fruits and vegetables every day
    • Always wash fruits and vegetables well before eating
    • Eat brassica vegetables every day (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts)
    • Drink 3-6 cups of green tea daily
    • Eat leafy green vegetables daily to boost intake of folate
    • Minimize or avoid drinking alcohol
    • Eat a high-fiber diet containing plentiful amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
    • Include in your diet a moderate amount of fermented soya foods, as in an Asian diet and a wide variety of other phyto-estrogen-rich foods
    • Decrease intake of saturated fats, trans-fats and omega-6-rich polyunsaturated fats, and increase intake of omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids from fish, flax oil, flax seed, avocado, nuts and seeds, and olive oil.
    • Reduce intake of red meat and increase fish-based or vegetarian meals.
    • Avoid processed meats that contain carcinogenic nitrates
    • Never eat charred or burned foods. Minimize consumption of barbecued meat.
    • Support friendly gut bacteria with unsweetened low-fat acidophilus yoghurt or probiotic drinks
    • Choose low-GI carbohydrates and minimize intake of sugars and process foods that contain added sugar, which cause insulin spikes
    • Cook with generous amounts of turmeric and garlic
    • Consult a naturopath or nutritionist for advice on nutritional supplementation and breast cancer.

    The other health professional also recommended breast massage.

    Stress is a big factor in all cancers. To negate the stress factor, I recommend you:

    • Avoid stress as much as possible
    • Learn to meditate, do yoga, relax
    • Get 8 hours of good sleep at night
    • Take advanced quality, broad-spectrum nutritional supplements

    This very comprehensive list may appear over-whelming but if we just gradually make the changes over time, not only do we have a better chance at preventing breast cancer naturally, but we will also have the side-effects of feeling healthier with much more energy, vitality and zest – to live life to the fullest!

    Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber

    After reading Sandra Steingraber’s book “Living Downstream” and learning about all the carcinogenic toxins in our water, air, soil and hence food – I realize:

    • Just how important it is to keep on taking high quality supplements to support a healthy immune system,
    • To ensure that our fibre intake is high enough to help remove toxins from our body,
    • The importance of eating organic food as much as we can,
    • To be aware of the source of our water so that we can negate the effects of contamination and
    • To be more aware of keeping our environment clean and green.

    If you wish to begin to understand what toxic chemicals are affecting our environment and causing a great many more cancers, then I do recommend this book (or DVD).

  • 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

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