Aging - Anti Aging
Aging is a natural process and not a disease. It is something we all will experience and, it is hoped, deal with in a positive manner. Ideally, numerous benefits attend old age: wisdom; the pleasure of watching your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren flourish; and having time to help others and to enjoy life fully.
But to many people, old age is synonymous with ill health and disability. That's too bad, because most of the diseases we associate with aging--arthritis and other painful conditions, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, digestive problems, frailty, depression, sexual dysfunction and fatigue--are not an inevitable part of growing older. These "age-related disorders" are mainly caused by lifestyle factors, such as diet, exposure to environmental toxins, lack of exercise, and stress, along with genetic susceptibilities. If you're young or middle-aged, you can prevent many problems by changing your habits now. If you're older and are already experiencing health difficulties, it's not too late to bring balance and harmony to your bodily systems.
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The top 7 vitamins and supplements shown to help Anti Aging:
Prescription for Natural Cures by
James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1 Super Green Phyto Food Supplement - LifeSource Product Take LifeSource's organic Green Phyto Foods powder or tablets as directed on bottle. Powder is best taken with favorite flavored water of choice.
Super Prescription #2 Green Tea Extract - LifeSource Products
Green tea contains a rich source of antioxidants and substances that assist detoxification. Take 500 to 1,500 mg of the capsule form.
Super Prescription #3 Multivitamin – High Potency – LifeSource Products - See All of our Multivitamin Products.
Take any of LifeSource's high-potency multivitamins and minerals formulas daily, as they all contain a whole food source with a strong base of the antioxidants and other nutrients that protect against aging. You can take any of our LifeSource Liquid, Powder or Tableted Multi's..
Super Prescription #4 Omega 3, 6 9 - LifeSource Products - See All of our Omega 3 – Fish Oil Products.
Take 2 to 3 gel caps of Super Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are needed for healthy cell functioning and replication, as well as for many other body processes.
Super Prescription #5 Garlic - LifeSource Product Take LifeSource's aged garlic product daily. It contains 2,500 mg which is what you should take per day. Garlic benefit's the immune and cardiovascular systems. It also improves detoxification and has antioxidant properties.
Super Prescription #6 Ginseng(Panax) - LifeSource Products Take as directed of a standardized product daily. As with most types of ginseng Eleutherococcus works to help the body adapt to mental and physical stress.
Super Prescription #7 Ginkgo Biloba - LifeSource Products Take 60 to 120 mg twice daily of a standardized product containing 24 percent flavone glycosides and 6 percent terpene lactones. This popular herb improves circulation, has potent antioxidant properties, improves memory, and reduces one's tendency to get blood clots.
Super Prescription #8 Alpha Lipoic Acid - LifeSource Products
ALA is one of the most important antioxidants in the body for anti-aging. Take 100 to 250 mg daily.
|Super Prescription #9 Resveratrol - LifeSource Product Resveratrol, especially when combined with other polyphenols, is known for it's anti-aging effects, as well as for its ability to support a healthy inflammatory response.
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Normal aging occurs when old cells start dying at a faster rate than new ones are generated. Since the body's tissues have a smaller supply of cells to draw upon, they begin to degenerate and malfunction. This process happens to everyone; it's simply a natural part of life. It appears that our cells are preprogrammed to have a maximum life span. Yet the key is to prevent premature aging, where one ages faster than one's genetic programming would have ordained. In addition, most people will agree that quality of life is paramount to life span.
In recent years, we have come to understand more about the highly reactive kinds of atoms or molecules called free radicals. In many cases, free radicals assist the body by destroying invaders, producing energy, and helping to carry oxygen through the bloodstream. When they are present in overwhelming numbers, however, they attack healthy cells, sometimes destroying them or mutating their DNA. When cells die before their time or are damaged, the normal aging process is accelerated, and the body becomes vulnerable to life-threatening ailments such as cancer, arteriosclerosis, and many degenerative diseases.
It is becoming more and more difficult to keep the number of free radicals in the body down to a healthy level. Many aspects of modern living, including unwholesome diet and exposure to pollution, tobacco smoke, environmental contaminants, and even the sun, put us in contact with more free radicals than any previous generation ever encountered. Luckily, nature has equipped us with the means to neutralize free radicals in our bodies. Substances called antioxidants accomplish the task, ant they're found in many fruits and vegetables and in some herbs. A combination of healthful eating, combined with antioxidant supplements and wise living, can prevent excessive damage from free radicals.
Other major causes of several age-related diseases are diet and nutritional deficiencies. Studies on laboratory mice prove that a reduced-calorie diet significantly extends their lives. Research is starting to show that this is true for humans as well. In addition, diets that are high in fat and sugar lack many essential nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. Poor diets also contribute to gastrointestinal disorders, which can inhibit the bodies ability to absorb important vitamins and minerals. Sometimes, however, a good diet is not enough to keep deficiency at bay. As a result of normal or accelerated aging, older people are often simply less efficient at absorbing nutrients, even if they eat well. If you have reached old age, you will need to redouble your efforts to take in nutrients.
Aging is accelerated by lack of exercise. If you don't regularly exercise, you will increase your risk for almost every kind of disorder, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
Hormone balance is a key to healthy aging. This is particularly true of stress hormones such as cortisol and DHEA. A deficiency or an abnormal elevation of these hormones (particularly cortisol) accelerates aging and immune system breakdown. In reality, all of the hormones are important for healthy aging. Thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, as well as growth hormones, must be kept at a balanced level to slow the aging process. Researchers are finding that growth hormones may play a special role in slowing down the "aging clock."
It is also important to keep blood-sugar levels in the normal range. Elevated levels of glucose lead to a process known as glycosylation. This contributes to a weak immune system and speeds up aging. An example of this process is diabetes.
Finally, the effects of stress appear to play a role in aging. People who experience prolonged periods of intense stress are more likely to develop chronic diseases. One major stressor is loneliness. This has become a big problem with elderly, who lack companionship and stimulation. Many older people cut back on many social obligations, intellectual activities, and sports and exercise. Giving up these essential activities has been linked to a shorter life span and an increased risk of disease. It is up to all of us, whatever our age, to create families and communities in which the elderly are welcome, active members.
- Frequent illness or chronic disease
- Weight loss
- Painful conditions and stiffness
- Decreased sex drive
- Memory loss or impairment
- Poor skin and/or muscle tone
- Digestive problems
- Free radical damage
- Poor digestion and detoxification
- Poor diet and nutritional
- Lack of exercise
- Hormone imbalance
- Elevated blood-sugar levels
- Environmental toxins
- Stress and isolation
Older people often have difficulty absorbing nutrients. When digestive enzymes aren't working at their optimal level, deficiencies, especially in the B-vitamins, can result. To compensate, eat plenty of whole grains and leafy greens, and add brewer's yeast and wheat germ to your meals.
Make sure you get enough fiber. Whole grains, oats, flax seeds, and raw vegetables can prevent constipation and will reduce toxins in the digestive tract.
Yogurt and other fermented sour products (sauerkraut, kefir) encourage healthful bacteria in the digestive system. These bacteria fight colds and other infections. Deeply colored fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants such as carotenoids, the substances that neutralize free radicals. They can also discourage the build-up of arterial plaque, so it's important to eat several servings with each meal. Remember, "Think color!"
Vitamin E and selenium work together to prevent may different diseases. To lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and arthritis, eat plenty of seeds, nuts and vegetable oils.
Be sure to incorporate sufficient quality protein into your diet. Beans, soy products, fish, and lean chicken and turkey will give you energy.
Vitamin C helps fight free radical damage, reduces cancer risk, and strengthens the immune system. Good dietary sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, red peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, asparagus and avocados.
Garlic and onions also have antioxidant properties and improve circulation, so enjoy them freely.
Whether you're thirsty or not, drink a glass of purified water every two waking hours. Dehydration is linked to kidney malfunction, malabsorption of nutrients, chronic constipation, weight gain, high cholesterol, fatigue and headaches. It can also cause disorientation and memory loss; many people who are thought to be senile are actually just severely dehydrated.
The skins of red grapes reduce plaque in the walls of arteries. They also have antioxidant properties, so drink a glass of red grape juice or an occasional glass of red wine.
Foods to Avoid
Reduce your total caloric intake, while maintaining good nutrition. As you get older your metabolism slows down, and you require fewer calories to support your activities. Also, studies on laboratory mice have shown that a reduced-calorie diet significantly extended their lives. You can reduce calories by cutting out processed and junk foods, alcohol, sugar, and white flour--but don't skimp on nutritious foods that will keep you healthy.
In addition to the previous suggestions, avoid red meat and processed foods, as well as any food made with additives and preservatives. These foods are all high in free radicals. What's more, they clog up your digestive tract and inhibit proper functioning.
If you have trouble sleeping, don't consume alcohol, caffeine and simple sugars in the evening. These substances keep you alert. Instead, eat complex carbohydrates which can promote relaxation and a good night's rest.
Keeping the digestive tract clean is essential for preventing disease, especially if you've spent a lifetime consuming and breathing toxins. Fresh juices and "super green foods" such as chlorella and spirulina are excellent for the detox process. Try LifeSource's safe, very nutritious and truly effective detox program. It is easy and oh so effective. .
LifeSource Super Enzymes aid in the digestion of food and are essential for all the metabolic activity in the body. Take 1 to 2 capsules with each meal.
Royal jelly, the substance produced by worker bees as the sole food for their queen, contains a wide range of nutrients. Take as directed on the container from LifeSource.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the most important antioxidants in the body. Take 250 mg daily from LifeSource Vitamins.
CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant and a nutrient involved in may aspect so cardiovascular function. Take 50 to 300 mg daily from LifeSource.
DHEA is a hormone that research shows is an accurate marker of aging. If your level is low, talk with your doctor about starting at a 15 mg dosage.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is indeed excellent for aiding the digestion; it also prevents blood clotting and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can also take 1 to 2 grams of a powdered capsule or a tablet, divided over the course of a day. Or you can use 1 to 3 ml of a ginger tincture three times daily. LifeSource carries Ginger.
Bodywork is more important than ever in old age. Not only does it increase circulation and reduce aches and pains, it can supply significant emotional benefits to people who are deprived of nurturing physical contact. If you are isolated or depressed, or if your body has become rigid from lack of touch, you might find massage both relaxing and invigorating.
Keep moving. Regular exercise plays a significant role in preventing heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and many other disorders. For maximum benefits, your exercise plan should include aerobic exercise (for your heart and lungs), weight lifting (to keep your bones strong), and stretching. It is never too late to start. People who begin exercise and weight-lifting programs as late as their nineties show marked improvement in their general health. If you're elderly, ill or overweight, consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise plan.
If you're having problems digesting your food, your body may not be producing sufficient enzymes. Look into taking an enzyme supplement daily.
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