Old Couple Sitting on Bench

“It Happens Every Day!!”

We are all getting older. But as the old saying goes, “It sure beats the alternative” (In other words, dying.) Now some people may dispute that old saying and would rather be dead then deal with the consequences of aging. But you can slow down your aging process and help reduce heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. You can even lessen your chances for stroke and Alzheimer’s. Here are some tips on how to do it:

  1. Free radicals. Free radicals are chemically unstable molecules that attack your cells and damage your DNA. You can limit your exposure to them by avoiding cigarettes, trans fats (read labels), charred meats, deep fried foods and other sources. Organic fruits and vegetables will also limit your exposure to pesticides and herbicides, which contain these harmful molecules. When you paint and have to use products like “Kilz” be sure you wear a mask that blocks these harmful chemicals.

  2. Inflammation. Inflammation is a major player in almost all diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. One way to avoid it is to avoid Omega 6 oils. These are grain oils such as corn, soybean, safflower, peanut and sunflower seed oil. You should also avoid any products that contain these harmful oils. Taking in more Omega 3 oils is also very good at helping to eliminate inflammation in your body. For an adult 4,000 mg per day is recommended if you have no health problems. If you have any health problems related to inflammation, your need may be much higher. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water. Other great anti-inflammatory steps you can take include eating turmeric, dark chocolate (in moderation), and supporting the adrenal gland with supplements like DSF. Exercise is another great way to lower inflammation.

  3. Physical Health – This is the most obvious sign of aging. When you think of someone who is old, you imagine a person who is slumped over, uses a cane, walks slowly and complains of “rheumatism” or “arthritis”. To head off these types of problems you should get regular chiropractic adjustments. “How often?” This depends on your individual situation, call us to find out about some of the specials we have for those who want to maintain their health. Exercise obviously helps with physical health as well. The importance of maintaining your physical health can’t be over emphasized. As we age it is important to perform functional exercises. These are exercises that aid in your daily activities. You don’t want to be one of those folks who have “fallen and I can’t get up!”

  4. Stress. When I talk about stress most people think of emotional stress such as work deadlines, stress from kids and that sort of thing. But stress is far broader than that. If you exercise that is a stress that your body needs to adapt to. When you eat a candy bar your pancreas has to work overtime to take care of it. It’s a huge amount of stress on your internal organs. When you eat too much deep fried food your liver and gall bladder has to work hard to take care of it. Clearly this stresses your digestive system. Stress initiates the release of a variety of hormones that make your pulse increase and cause your blood pressure to rise. The hormone cortisol also creates problems when it remains chronically elevated due to stress. Practicing relaxation techniques will help manage stress. Also be sure to get enough sleep every night. Probably one of the best ways you can improve your body’s ability to handle stress is to take the supplement DSF, that supports the adrenal gland. DSF is available at our office.

Study after study (and common sense) tells us that steps we take to maintain our bodies will have huge benefits in the future. When we use words like “Free Radicals” and “Hormones” a lot of people tend to nod off. But these are easy changes that anyone can make.