As I recently completed my week-long 4th degree black belt test, I was gently reminded that at 55, I’m not a spring chicken anymore…because the inflammation in my low back took some time (plus a few chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture treatments) to subside.
Ah, yes. Aging is a certainty and time marches on for all of us.
But the good news is there are many ways you can help counteract the effects of aging, slow the process, and feel great into your golden years!
Here are 7 ways you can fight back at that biological clock!
#1- Optimize your Vitamin D level
Vitamin D is ESSENTIAL when it comes to supporting your health as you age.
Vitamin D helps regulate your blood glucose and insulin level, protecting you against Type 2 diabetes; it protects against cardiovascular disease and cancer; it helps regulate your hormones; it supports healthy bones, teeth and gums; it boosts immune function and even helps with learning, memory and concentration!
Unfortunately, Vitamin D is a very common deficiency, especially in older adults because as we age, our skin becomes less effective at manufacturing Vitamin D from sunlight exposure.
But you can make sure you have health-supporting levels of this vital, youth preserving nutrient by supplementing with Optimum DK Formula with FruiteX-B.
Optimum DK Formula gives you the power of not only Vitamin D3, but also Vitamin K and boron—an outstanding trio of crucial nutrients that work together to preserve strong bone, heart and immune health.
#2- Have a cup of Joe
Researchers from Stanford University’s School of Medicine examined studies involving the many diseases that occur from aging and inflammation. They also examined studies looking at caffeine from coffee and its impact in prolonging life.
What they found was the caffeine from coffee helps counteract the impact of certain inflammatory metabolites that contribute to aging. Caffeinated tea varieties were also shown to have a similar effect.
But this is not a green light to down a pot of coffee every morning or single-handedly jack up Starbucks’ EPS, because coffee is also very acidic, so moderation is key.
Choose organic coffee when possible, use a stove-top percolator (it makes the best coffee in the world), avoid adding sugar, and use real cream if desired. Limit your consumption to 1-2 cups.
#3- Make some broth
Bone broth diets are all the rage lately and it’s easy to see why—in addition to filling you up with few calories (thus helping with weight loss) bone broth does have some impressive health benefits!
Bone broth helps to protect your joints, it supports strong gut health, it helps maintain healthy skin, it supports sound immune function and it boosts detoxification, helping your body rid itself of disease-causing toxins!
There are a lot of great recipes out there for bone broth—here is one that I threw together based on my famous chicken soup recipe in my Great Taste No Pain health system:
Chicken Bone Broth
Carcass from a whole chicken
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 large carrots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, quartered
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (be sure to get raw unfiltered vinegar that contains the “mother”)
1 handful fresh parsley
1 sprig fresh thyme
Salt, pepper and/or “Buck’s” seasoning to taste
Water to cover chicken bones
Place the chicken carcass into a 12-quart stock pot, and cover with water. Add the celery, carrots, garlic, onion, apple cider vinegar, parsley, thyme and seasonings.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer partially covered for 5 hours.
Strain and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
#4- Supplement with Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Studies are showing that the Omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA can play a crucial role in slowing down the cellular action associated with the aging process.
So if you want to jump on the bandwagon to help preserve the youth of your cells, as well as help lower cholesterol, experience fewer joint aches and improve your memory (among other things), a top-notch fish oil supplement like VitalMega-3 can help ensure you get what you need.
VitalMega-3 delivers an impressive 1,200 mg of Omega-3 EFAs in every 2-capsule dose, including 600 mg of EPA and 400 mg of DHA (which is in the 3:2 ratio recommended by experts).
#5- Try lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil mixed with aloe vera or coconut oil provides impressive benefits to dry, aging skin. Mix 10 drops of oil per one ounce of aloe vera or coconut oil and use on dry skin or sunburn. It can also help with minor cuts and scrapes too.
#6- Get regular exercise
Regular exercise is an anti-aging prize fighter.
It helps your body eliminate age-accelerating toxins, it increases your heart strength, helps improve digestion, promotes better sleep, helps lower blood pressure, helps you maintain a healthy bodyweight and by strengthening the muscles surrounding your joints, it can decrease the symptoms of arthritis!
Pick an activity that works for you, get your doctor’s OK and get going.
#7- Consider bio-identical hormone replacement therapy
Unlike synthetic hormone replacement, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) works to help naturally reestablish the way your body sends messages to your tissues and organs to keep them healthy…and helps keep you feeling younger!
BHRT is increasing in popularity, so finding an integrative practitioner that offers it is easier now than ever before.
And if you’re in the New York City area, Dr. John Salerno of the Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine in Manhattan is the best.
Start fighting back against the aging process now, and enjoy the benefits for years to come!
To your health,Sherry Brescia