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Win Your Endurance Race of Youthful, Healthy Living

We get far too attached to our date of birth and typically consider it the moving benchmark of the inevitable. Far more important, from my perspective, is that there can be a significant difference between your “chronological age” and your “biological age”. So, what is the difference? Your date of birth merely defines chronological age; however it’s your biological age that really matters since this reflects the true health of your body. A person may actually be 50 years old, yet through healthy diet, lifestyle, use of supplements, intake of sufficient quality water, and restorative sleep their biological age can be 5,10 or even more years younger.

We all have seen friends, family or co-workers that look and act a fraction of their age. Maybe you are already this person, however if not, the big question is… do you want to do what it takes to feel more youthful?

Let’s discuss some common enemies to staying aging, and the natural solutions available to help you achieve a younger, more vibrant biological age.

Proactive living can help improve your odds when it comes to enhanced wellness. The following statistics as reported on the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serve as a very real wake up call. Important to note is that the name for the CDC includes the word “prevention”. Here’s a few of those statistics

* An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The CDC reports the following: “It is important to note, however, that Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.”

* Blindness or low vision affects more than 3.3 million Americans. By 2030 the number will double to over 6 million due to the increasing epidemics of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

* Approximately 1.8 million Americans are affected by macular degeneration. The number of people afflicted is estimated to reach 2.95 million by 2020.

* Diabetes serves as an accelerator for many disease processes including heart disease, cancer, eye disease, Alzheimer’s and countless others is predicted to reach a prevalence of 1 in 3 by 2050 in the US. Currently 24 million have diabetes and another 60 million have pre-diabetes.

Natural Solutions

There are many myths about aging. The bottom line is that aging DOES NOT mean inability, debility, ill health, or lack of vitality. I see patients well advanced in their chronological age that enjoy biological youthfulness often seen in those 10 to 20 years younger. What follows are some common health promoting approaches that serve as common denominators for those winning the healthy youthful battle.

1. Quality sleep of 6 to 8 hours a night is essential. Common causes of disturbed sleep include low melatonin, urinary tract conditions, sleep apnea, pain and inflammation and acid reflux.

2. Control your blood sugar. Even if you are not diabetic, remember 60 million of us, are pre-diabetic. Getting tested is essential. As I like to say, it is better to catch a fire, before it is a forest fire.

3. Lack of exercise, less than optimal diet, radon gas, certain habits and excess stress will erode away ones health. Much like the rain and wind, over the course of the passage of years, little things can erode away even the mightiest foundation.

4. Drink plenty of high quality water, focus on alkaline promoting healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies and examine the role of specialized alkaline water.Increase your antioxidants.

5. The iron and other factors within the body can oxidize “rust”, that is why “anti-oxidants” are so essential. For instance, lutein is an antioxidant that has been studied regarding eye health is an important consideration.

6. An individualized supplementation program to address health concerns and goals.

Summary Message:
A good supplementation program, along with a health promoting diet and lifestyle can help you in your pursuit of victory when it comes to achieving a healthier, younger biological age. As I tell all my patients, don’t give up, persistence is the essential key, to win any endurance race.

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