First Class Ticket to Healthy Aging
Mike Adams stated correctly: “Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxin food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise”. We should be encouraged to build a supplement regimen designed to preserve some of the most significant factors involved in healthy aging.
Significant factors include:
- Promotion of cardiovascular health
- Control glucose (blood sugar) levels
- Promotion of weight management and prevention of obesity
- Promotion of mobility, agility and good joint health
- Preservation and promotion of vision
- Preservation of mental- and cognitive ability
- Prevention of free radical damage to cells
- Prevention of mineral and vitamin loss and deficiencies
A multi disciplinary approach is needed in the treatment of any disease / illness. The body functions holistically and must be treated as such.
Heart health: healthy diet, exercise program and good supplementation may protect the cardiovascular system from the oxidative effects of aging and everyday stress. Important nutrients include Omega-3 fatty acids (supports heart function), Co-enzyme Q10 (powerful antioxidant and usually deficient in Diabetics and patients on statins) and Vit E (maintain healthy blood pressure). High levels of Homocysteine are recognised as the single greatest biochemical risk factor for heart disease. To regulate these levels consider Vit B12, Folic Acid, Vit B6, Zinc, Pyridoxal -5- phosphate and Trimethylglycine from Beets. Supporting healthy cholesterol is also of utmost importanc. Oreganum (Oreganum Vulgare) not only protects the heart and lowers cholesterol but it reduces pain and inflammation and balances hormones. Guggulipids (Gum resin of the mukul myrrh tree), Policosanol (produced from sugar cane) and Garlic (Allium Sativum) all have cholesterol lowering properties. Consult a medical professional such as your Phytotherapist or GP for the necessary guidance and advice.
Weight management affects so many of the significant factors and are entwined with many a condition. I have decided to take an interrelated approach on the topic at hand. A Sicilian proverb says it all: “Being overweight is being halfway sick”. Always remember that weight is composed of water, muscle, and FAT — your goal is to shed excess fat, as muscle is essentially a calorie burning furnace. Through proper caloric division, food selection, and protein/carb percentages (where carbs are a part of diet, but properly balanced with protein), coupled with a specific tailored exercise routine, not only will you reduce overall insulin secretion, but also cause an immediate release of stored calories (FAT) into the blood stream. Suppressing insulin reduces both blood pressure and cholesterol readings, while preventing/curing diabetic symptoms, all of which are potentially deadly health issues. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) plays a vital role in reducing fat and enhancing lean muscle mass. Hydroxycitrate (HCA) is derived from Garcinia Cambogia. The HCA is effective at curbing appetite and inhibiting the process by which the body stores and produces fat. It will also assist in lowering cholesterol levels. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is considered by many of us as the universal antioxidant due to its fat-water solubility. It can travel to virtually any cell to quench cell damaging oxidation. ALA enhances glucose uptake, promotes cellular health, supports energy metabolism and combats Oxidative Stress. One of my favourites! Pterocarpus Marsupium (Indian Kino tree) – a rich source of isoflavonoids and terpenoid derivates – is one of the only ingredients shown to regenerate pancreatic beta-cells. It provides nutritional support for normal, healthy blood sugar levels.
Mobility and Agility equals Longevity. I want to stress the importance of exercise in any condition by quoting Edward Stanley: “Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness”. Taking Calcium early in life, together with regular exercise and a healthy diet are the best means to assist in reducing the risk of bone disease later in life. Remember to take Vit D3 with your Calcium to assist the body in maximizing Calcium absorption. Soak up the sun and grease those bones with some good old garden work. Boswellia Serrata has been used in practice as a support for pain management and functioning of healthy joints. A natural vegetable extract of avocado and the unsaponifiable portion of soybean oils (ASU) may reduce inflammation, prevent the breakdown of cartilage and promote repair. Invest in a reputable supplement and research it well.
Take care of the grey matter – your brain! Read books, do puzzles, take some dance lessons, meditate and get good quality of sleep. Stress is a major factor and can alter the state of your mind as well as have negative physical effects on all your bodies systems. Sprinkle some Sage (Salvia officinale) over your salad and have a cuppa Chamomile (Matricaria retutica) tea to calm those nerves. A great deal of pharmaceutical research has gone into analysing the active constituents of herbs. Herbal Medicine is considered the frontier in treating neurological predispositions / disease naturally. Two of my favourite herbs include Bacopa Monnieri and Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra). The brain is a powerful organ – It triumph with life or death…
Basic prescription on healthy aging:
* Establish Health and Wellness: Know your body, how it functions and any underlying condition (predisposed or current)
* A Positive Mental Attitude : Focus on life
* A Healthy Lifestyle – Recognize the importance of physical exercise : Breathing, Posture, Bodywork and Exercise.
* A Health-promoting diet : Good water, enough veggies, protein, carbs, good fats etc.
* Measure supplementations : a high quality multiple-vitamin-and-mineral supplement
The clock is ticking… Time is of essence. William Londen said: “To ensure good health: Eat lightly, Breathe deeply, Live moderately, Cultivate cheerfulness and maintain an interest in life”. I rest my case.
Dr.Pierce van Tonder
Regd Phytotherapist, Medical Herbalist, Iridologist, Nutritionist, Dance Movement Specialist, Reiki Master and La Stone Masseur.