Growing older is not an illness, but the passing years do make the body more vulnerable to disease. Why? A significant number of problems faced by people over the age of sixty may also be attributable to nutritional deficiencies that accumulate as the years pass.
Aging is defined as the sum total of life’s negative events.
Often age is accompanied by many, many years of eating the wrong foods and exposure to toxins. From this as a person’s body ages, its systems slow down and become less efficient, so the correct nutrients are more important than ever for the support, repair, and regeneration of the cells. You must remember though that it took years for problems to develop, so it usually takes some time to resolve them as well.
Have you ever known an older person who was not old? A person who look like they’re forty at the age of sixty. What you would find in that person’s cells is something called antioxidants sitting in the fatty layer of the cellular membrane doing its job as protector against the consequences of so-called aging.
How do they slow down the process? They protect your cell membranes from invasion by the “health vandals”. These health vandals are called “free radicals”. They have a nasty habit of stealing electrons from your body’s healthy molecules to balance themselves, in practice damaging cells and their DNA, the genetic blueprint that tells a cell how to do its job. And without a perfect copy of that DNA blueprint, a cell doesn’t know what it is supposed to do. The body is hit 10s of thousands of times a day, and whether they stay damaged depends on the “cellular repair squads”, or the antioxidants.
The idea is that there may be an accumulation of damage from the constant cellular bombardment. A cell gets hit once, the cellular repair squad comes to the rescue and cut out the damage to the cell’s DNA blueprint, and the cell bounces back into action. But when the cell gets hit over and over again, there may come a point at which things can’t be patched back together the way it was. So the cell continues to do its job, but not as well as it had been.
The body produces natural antioxidants to handle the “free radical damage”, but doesn’t produce enough to handle the bombardment generated by the modern world. Your body’s natural systems was not designed to handle rooms full of cigarette smoke, a diet loaded with processed foods and constant exposure to pollution.
So the solution is to supplement your body’s natural antioxidants. If you want to know more see article Free Radicals and Antioxidants.
What to eat:
As you grow older, your body may not use the protein you eat, as efficiently, so you may need to eat more from different sources.
Fruits and vegetables are good for improving the body’s immune system. The immune system helps prevent and fight colds and other viruses, infections and even diseases such as cancer. Waiting to give antibiotics for pneumonia? Better to improve the body’s immune system. By your fifties or sixties the infection-fighting cells don’t function as well. Remember you are probably not as active as you used to be. Moderate exercise enhances immunity.
You need a diet rich in antioxidant nutrients, vitamins and minerals that help prevent the damage caused by oxidation. Green salads, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and other nuts, broccoli, carrot or celery
Celery is high in apigenin, a chemical that expands (dilates) the blood vessels and may help prevent high blood pressure. Use olive oil, it’s great for getting the essential fatty acids.
Read this book: Whole Foods For Seniors by Kathleen O’Bannon, CNC
As Kathleen O’Bannon, a senior herself, explains, it’s never too late to adopt a whole foods way of eating. Eating whole foods can help relieve heartburn and acid reflux, high blood pressure and diabetes, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, prostate problems, menopause symptoms, and low blood sugar. Included are tips on how to adopt a whole-foods diet and a detailed description of just what whole foods are, includes recipes. See more at Whole Foods For Seniors
In addition there is anti-aging nutrition. This type of nutrition is good at any age and can grow biologically younger. More on this below in the recommended section.
Health Tips for growing older:
3) Go for a walk every day.
4) Don’t smoke – or at least take the recommended supplements to counteract the harmful effects of smoking.
5) Don’t drink alcohol: Or at least never drink more than two drinks and don’t drink every day. Give your liver a rest. Your liver has to work hard to clear alcohol, medications and environmental pollutants from the body. See Alcohol
6) Don’t sunbathe – ever: You probably get enough sun to produce a healthy amount of vitamin D with moderate outdoor activities that don’t involve actively seeking sun.
7) Drink two antioxidant herb teas a day. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, consider replacing two cups with an herb tea. Oregano, Rosemary, bee balm, lemon balm (also known as melissa), peppermint, sage, spearmint, savory and thyme have significant levels of antioxidants.
8) Yoga – here is an article for Caretakers, but it makes sense why you would want to follow it.
Whether you feel that the brain is part of you and your personality, or believe that you are an immortal spirit and the brain is a portal between you and the physical universe around you, the brain is an important organ.
Here is an article whose summary says:
Baby boomers and aging adults face a loss of cognitive powers and impaired mental functions. Research supports the role of a number of potent anti-aging therapies to slow brain aging and preserve cognitive function. Rather than waiting for signs of an irreversible decline in mental abilities or other more serious cognitive problems, it would be prudent to take steps to support the brain’s ability to heal and self-repair. In short, we can take steps now to slow age-dependent brain cell changes, preserve vital functions, and maintain mental health and vigor.Protecting Memory and Enhancing Brain Function
See the Memory Protecting and Brain Function Supplement by Hyla Cass, M.D.
RECOMMENDED FOR BUILDING SENIOR HEALTH:
Your Immune System – A strong immune system means fighting off viruses, bacteria, and fungus. What can be done. We recommend Immune Defense
Your Digestion – If you have a weakened digestion system, you can’t get the nutrients you need to build health – Improving Digestion
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