If you had a choice and could either age well with energy and vitality, free from disability & illness or age poorly with health issues which would you choose?
You do actually have a choice and by making some changes that will greatly sway your chances in a positive direction here are a few strategies you can embrace :
- Avoid Sugar/ Fructose
Limiting sugar in your diet is a well know key to longevity
Fructose in particular is an extremely potent pro – inflammation agent that is associated with the development of chronic degenerative diseases associated with aging.
Excess fructose consumption promotes the kind of dangerous growth of fat cells around your vital organs, that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
- Get enough Sleep
Studies have shown a link between inadequate sleep and cognitive troubles eg. Anxiety , depression, low energy levels.
- Develop a Positive Attitude / Stress Reduction
Effective coping mechanisms are a major longevity – promoting factor in part because stress has a direct impact on inflammation which is the underlying issue with many chronic diseases.
Meditation, Prayer & fostering loving and supportive relationships
Contribute to the emotional wellbeing of an individual.
- Take high quality Omega 3 Fats
Omega 3 Fats slow down the aging process and preserve your telomeres ( which are at the end of your chromosomes that shrink with age) .
Omega 3 fats are a strong factor in helping people live longer as seen in the cultures such as the Japanese people who are the longest living race on the planet with their high intake of Omega 3 Fats in their diets.
- Optimise your Vit D levels
The best way to get your Vit D is from sun exposure and if all possible getting daily exposure is very beneficial .
Also important is to get enough K2 to balance your vitamin D levels.
The best way to get Vit K2 is from fermented vegetables that are created from special starter cultures that use bacteria that make Vit K2.
- Intermittent Fasting
This can help you normalise your insulin sensitivity, lower triglyceride levels and reduce inflammation and reduce free radical damage.
Exercise makes your heart more efficient. When you are active your heart rate goes up so that more oxygen can be circulated.
Exercise also increases blood flow which helps your brain release serotonin which is known for its role in fighting depression.
Grab those gym shoes and get moving !
Anita Wilson – Naturopathic Herbalist
Available for appointments Tuesday and Thursdays