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Top Ten Tips for Healthy Aging

The secret to healthy aging is to live life and not have life live you. While this seems like a very philosophical point, it rings all too true in today’s world of fast paced chaos. Here are the tips that will allow you to succeed; some are simple and some are more challenging.

Tip #1
Enjoy life. If you are just surviving day by day, you are not thriving. Find meaning and purpose for your life. And remember to always laugh!

Tip #2
Stay hydrated. The last you thing you want to do is shrivel away. No one has the goal of transforming from a plum to a prune or a grape to a raisin.

Tip #3
Consume lots of fiber. Eating fiber helps bind toxins, ensures your intestines are working well, supports friendly probiotic balance and helps maintain a slim body.

Tip #4
Avoid sugar. Refined sugar is a modern invention that really took off in terms of popularity in the 1970s. Sugar fuels diabetes, feeds cancer and contributes to Alzheimer’s disease, and definitely doesn’t help the waistline.

Tip #5
Keep the faith. We all need hope and to feel connected to something greater than us. For some people it is organized religion and for others it is a personal journey. We are mind, body and spirit; taking care of all the facets of our being is essential.

Tip #6
Keep the body in motion. There is a rule in physics that a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest. Even a little more exercise can help your health. Get a pedometer or use your smartphone to track your activity throughout the day.

Tip #7
Make time to sleep. When your body rests, it restores itself, much like a battery operated device that charges up more quickly and completely when turned off.

Tip #8
Limit fried food. Though it may taste good and be a treat, these types of foods must be lessened in the diet. Apart from being high in saturated fat, researchers found that chemicals known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are abundant in fried foods. People with high AGE levels or who have diets high in saturated fats are more prone to develop problems in memory and mental processes.

Tip #9
Minimize chemical exposure. Modern living is full of toxic exposure. Eating organically, avoiding toxins in products and the workplace/environment are also essential.

Tip #10
Don’t stress. There are times we can’t avoid stressful situations, yet, it is absolutely essential that we don’t sweat the small things in life. Unnecessary stress can increase the risk of a shorter and more disease-prone life.

Maintaining Critical Bone Health Requires Your Attention

It is time for you to take note of what you need to be doing to maintain healthy bones. Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, common conditions that reflect negative changes within the very bones that support your body’s daily activities can sneak up on you and erode away your active lifestyle, or even contribute to premature death.

I encourage all my patients, men and women alike, and even children too, to pursue the following “bone wellness program”.

1. Walk 20 to 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
2. Limit caffeinated beverages to 1 per day.
3. Lower stress that can accelerate bone loss.
4. Increase intake of vitamin D, calcium and strontium.
5. Increase your vitamin K intake.
6. And keep your cell phone away from your body.

You will probably be surprised to learn that 70 percent of Caucasians and some 95 percent of African-Americans have lower than optimal levels of vitamin D.

You should also know that vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin which is critical for strong bones, healthy blood vessels and can even protect the prostate too. Dark leafy veggies provides K1, however vitamin K2 is most commonly found in a supplement form and is a real must for those serious about bone health.

You might be wondering how a cell phone may hurt your bone health? Well the latest research is compelling and needless to say thought provoking. Wearing a cell phone on your hip may reduce bone density in an area of the pelvis, called the iliac wings. The study looked at 150 men who carried their cell phones on their belts. The men carried their phones for an average of 15 hours a day, and had used cell phones for an average of six years. If the electromagnetic fields can affect bones that are dense, what is it doing to the rest of your body’s tissues?

I want you to be well. A healthy world is a happier and more productive world.

Take care of your bones – the rest of your body is counting on it. I have men and women in my clinical practice that no longer can live life to its fullest because their bones have silently eroded away due to inactivity, inaction and genetics. Don’t fall prey to the passage of time. The good news is your bones are dynamic and can become stronger.

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Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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