Secrets of Aging Wisely

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“There has been an explosion of science in the field of aging. And I think the public doesn’t realize how far aging research has come. We have a lot of ideas about the mechanisms of aging, and tons and tons of pathways that can be optimized, tweaked, or activated to possibly extend lifespan. I think the public is probably about 30 years behind our thinking about aging. It’s as if we thought about cancer in the way we did in 1960.”  

Stuart Kim, Stanford University aging researcher

Are You Old and Wise, or Just Old?

Our culture tends to view aging as pathology. We fear it as though it is a dreaded disease. Most people believe that as we age we will become forgetful, incontinent, weak, fatigued, and senile. This leaves us afraid or depressed, both of which can further aggravate the downward spiral. Recently however, many doctors, researchers, and pro-active older people have begun to counter the prevailing wisdom about aging. Elders are speaking with knowledge and authority about their experience, and scientific research is redefining aging as a process. Our modern understanding of aging does not demand the end of health, pleasure, exercise, or mental engagement. Scientific inquiry has come a long way in support of ways to maximize vitality in our “golden years”.  We do not need to emulate our youth or negate our maturity. Instead we can learn the lessons from the science of physiology that enable us to take care of our bodies from the inside out.   It is possible to live a vital, honest expression of ourselves that honors the miles we have traveled.

The Physiology of Aging

Primitive people living in preindustrial cultures, whether in modern times or historical, show remarkable longevity and freedom from many of the chronic conditions that plague us today.   Weston A. Price, the esteemed dentist and nutritionist who studied indigenous people, found that tooth decay, cardiovascular disease, and obesity were virtually non-existent in these groups. He theorized that the vitamin rich, nutrient dense, non-processed foods that formed the basis of these diets held keys to the vital health experienced by those cultures. Today science is examining many of these same concepts and is able to analyze and define necessary foods and nutrients for a revitalized approach to health and aging. Today our wisdom is anchored in research and science.

Intelligent and Informed Aging

This cultural change in beliefs about aging can have tangible effects in how we experience life and what we feel our bodies are capable of. After all, it is pretty stressful to accept the definition of aging as decline. No one really wants to be “over the hill”! There are many common sense lifestyle factors that one can change as well as nutritional strategies for taking charge of one’s health as the years progress. Risk factors you can change include:

  • Poor Nutrition Habits
  • Smoking
  • Inactivity
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity and being Overweight
  • Excessive Alcohol
  • Stress

Listen to Your Gut

Eat the foods that make you feel good for the long haul rather that for instant gratification. If you eat lots of empty calories or sugary snacks, chances are your energy will drop, you’ll feel emotionally drained, and your tummy might actually hurt. These are signals directly from your gut!  Our physiologies were designed to thrive on nutrient dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, pasture raised meats and eggs, and whole grains. Proteins and fats should be eaten together to maximize absorption. As we age, our systems produce fewer digestive enzymes. Adopt good gut hygiene by supplementing with digestive enzymes to assist with nutrient absorption and decrease inflammation and oxidation from undigested food. In addition, aging guts tend to lose one of the key probiotic species necessary for optimal colon function. The colon (or large intestine) is the site of most of the bacterial and fungal population that keeps metabolism running smoothly. Without Bifidobacterium, immune and nervous system functioning may be compromised. Bifidobacterium is therefore an essential ingredient in a senior probiotic. Look for Bifido species in Mercola Complete and Catie’s Proflora probiotics. Many of today’s most difficult diseases are the result of inflammation which begins when toxins make the gut lining become permeable. This is often referred to as “Leaky Gut”.  Restore is a revolutionary new supplement for the gut which strengthens and repairs the membranes in the intestines bringing the all the body’s systems back into a healthy homeostasis.

The mouth and teeth are the entry to the digestive system but are often overlooked when thinking about supplementation. Take zinc to help aging taste buds restore their sense of taste and pleasure. CoQ10 in the converted form of ubiquinol helps prevent tooth loss at the same time that it ramps up your immune system and your brain. Finally, consider giving the body a full 12 hours of overnight fasting to allow it to move all the remaining food through the intestines. If it is not bogged down with digestion it can move the probiotics further into the colon where they do their most good.

Bone Up

Bones are constantly being replenished although the process can slow as we get up in years. In order for bone synthesis to keep up with bone loss there are several critical factors. First, exercise that engages the muscles against the bone keeps the bones strong. Secondly, one must get enough vitamin D, which tends to be harder to absorb with age. The best source of Vitamin D may be sunlight, but whole food supplements such as cod liver oil ensure that the bones and immune system are getting what they need, even when the sun isn’t shining. Catie’s Raw Vegetable Calcium provides the third necessary ingredient in bone and tooth health. Calcium is particularly tricky to absorb in isolation making it all the more important that Catie’s is a raw, whole food calcium. It happens to be a good source of vitamin D as well. Vitamin K2 supports the metabolism of many other nutrients and is needed for calcium to be directed to the bones. K2 also contributes to heart health and is useful in preventing calcified arteries. Lastly, magnesium assures adequate strength and density of bones and teeth. It is necessary for many biochemical reactions in the body including absorption and utilization of calcium. Take Catie’s Whole Food Magnesium or combine your calcium and magnesium in a balanced 1:1 ratio with Natural Vitality CalMag.

Power Up Your Brain

A 12 hour overnight fast is not only good for the gut. It also benefits the brain. There is a strong connection between the intestines (or gut) and the brain to the point where stress can affect bowel movements and gut integrity.  Conversely, stomach problems can result in depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems. A 12 hour overnight fast enables the brain to do repair work and eliminate unhealthy cells. The process is called apoptosis, and it happens most effectively when digestion is complete. Allowing apoptosis to occur regularly has the direct effect of clear thinking the next day and preventing cognitive decline for the long-term.

There are three powerful anti-aging supplements for the brain. One of them, CoQ10, reduced into its more bio-available form of ubiquinol, was also mentioned as a supplement for the gut. This is no accident. Ubiquinol is critical for the production of aerobic energy throughout the body. Many age related diseases are results of cellular dysfunction and oxidation both of which may be prevented by ubiquinol’s strong antioxidant action. This includes mental processes such as alertness and clarity of thought, which can be enhanced with ubiquinol. The second top anti-aging supplement is resveratrol. Resveratrol can improve blood supply to the brain, decrease the chance of blood clots or aneurysms, and support cellular energy. Resveratrol is not found naturally in the body, but can be found in grapes and Japanese knotweed. Supplementing with a quality brand of resveratrol such as Perfect Resgrape or Biotivia Transmax can provide what some researchers have referred to as the “Fountain of Youth”,  especially in regard to brain protective properties. The third highly beneficial anti-aging antioxidant is Acai. The Acai berry from Brazil is harvested sustainably from the Amazon palm tree locally known as “the Tree of Life”. Recognized for its ability to reduce stress, improve mood, and support memory into the senior years, Acai provides the omega fatty acids necessary for brain and cardiovascular health. It is a good source of fiber while being low in fructose thereby supporting digestive health as well.

A Blueprint for Aging

There are no ends to the lengths that people may go in order to look and appear younger. An entire market of products has built up around the demand for ways to combat the effects of aging whether it is beauty creams offering youthful skin, plastic surgery to mold and sculpt the aging body, or sexual enhancement pills offering hours of frisky action. By contrast, some promote the idea of aging gracefully. This seems to connote a degree of passive acceptance as we try to convince ourselves that we are now esteemed elders and can afford to look the part. Both of these perspectives seem to involve the belief that degeneration and loss of function is inevitable. Fortunately there is a third option for aging strategically. We can look to the experts in the fields of physiology, aging, and supplementation and decide what makes the most sense for us. What is applicable? What can be incorporated that could have critical life enhancing effects? We can design our own blueprint using the best that science has to offer.  Perhaps this is the truest way to wise and graceful aging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Must Have Supplements for Men: Support for Body, Brain & Sexual Function

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Guys, we love you, but we know you are not always the best at taking care of yourselves. Let’s face it: you work hard, you play hard, but you may not always measure up to your goals. Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, a better diet, extra sleep, and more physical activity could help. But the key to greater health and success may be nutritional supplementation. There are so many supplements on the market today it can be confusing. Where do you start? What do you really need? Ideally one gets their nutrients from foods that supply them in correct proportions for optimal absorption and utilization. Whole foods offer a synergy of nutrients that will never come from a laboratory. Because the whole really is greater than the sum of it’s parts, Peaceful Planet offers you selected supplements derived from whole foods. We want to make it easy for you to zero in on the supplements that will make the greatest difference in correcting your nutritional imbalances and promoting your success story!

Fish Oil

There was a reason your grandmother kept a bottle of cod liver oil in the house. It has been shown to be one of the most beneficial whole food supplements one can take for overall health and vigor. Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil takes the benefits of fish oil one step further by fermenting the traditional way without heat. This substantially increases nutrient availability and probiotic composition. Krill oil, extracted from krill shellfish, is a non-fermented option for achieving the benefits of taking fish oil without the contaminants commonly found in fish that are higher up the food chain.  Take 1000 mg either Cod Liver Oil or Krill Oil daily and get all the omega 3-fatty acids your body needs for:

  • Reducing bad cholesterol
  • Increasing HDL, or good cholesterol
  • Lowering your blood pressure
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Improving joint function
  • Feeling alert
  • Boosting cognitive performance
  • Supplying important antioxidants
  • Improving mood
  • Building immunity with vitamin D

Vitamin C

Studies show that adult American men do not get enough vitamin C in their diets. This critical vitamin not only improves resistance to common viruses and colds, it also protects cells from free radical damage caused by exercise or environmental forces. Catie’s Whole Plant Food Vitamin C Plus powder comes from real foods high in vitamin C and has high bioavailability without the down sides of synthetic vitamins. Make sure to eat foods high in vitamin C or take a supplement a few times a day for:

  • Immune support
  • Free radical protection
  • Healthy heart
  • Tissue Repair
  • Infection prevention in wounds
  • Collagen production
  • Strong bones and teeth
  • Good eyesight
  • Good memory and focus

Zinc

Immune function depends on adequate supplies of zinc, which can be lost when the body undergoes stress or infection. In addition, zinc may help with cognitive function and maintaining a positive mood. Zinc is one of the main nutritional supplements that can be helpful with male infertility. Take two, 30 mg tablets of Vitamin Code Raw Zinc with extra Vitamin C a day to:

  • Improve sperm quality
  • Improve prostate health
  • Aid heart health
  • Support immunity
  • Balance emotions
  • Promote clearer skin and faster wound recovery
  • Assist eye health

Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that packs a mighty punch, but over 70% of the population is low in it. Magnesium can be found in dark leafy greens, avocados, nuts and seeds, fish, soy, and low fat yogurt. It can be hard to get enough of these healthy foods to supply an adequate amount of magnesium. So take one, 50 mg tablet a day of Catie’s Whole Food Magnesium or use Ancient Minerals Transdermal Magnesium for:

  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Fewer muscles pains, spasms, and twitches
  • Better mood and fighting depression
  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Combating headaches and migraines
  • Healthier skin and hair
  • Improved eczema, psoriasis, acne, and, rashes
  • Balanced blood sugar levels
  • Assisting heart health

Calcium

Not only women need calcium. Men can get osteoporosis also and be at risk for fractures and loss of bone density. So keep your bones and teeth strong with Calcium and Vitamin D (from fish oil) to prevent painful breaks and fractures. Peaceful Planet carries an assortment of calcium options such as organic and vegan whole food My Kind Organics Plant Calcium and Catie’s Raw Vegetable Calcium. If you are an athlete and need greater magnesium for muscle repair try Natural Calm plus Calcium to replenish supplies of both minerals together. Take between 1000 and 2000 mg. of calcium a day depending on your unique needs for:

  • Increased bone density
  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Assistance in blood clotting
  • Facilitated nerve function
  • Helping muscles contract

Coenzyme Q10

Blood pressure can become a problem especially as people age. Coenzyme Q10 naturally protects blood vessels from damage, making it popular as an anti-aging supplement. The fact that it may increase energy and alertness helps too! The body needs to convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol but this ability decreases as one ages. Dr. Mercola Ubiquinol is an electron rich CoQ10 supplement. It is more bioavailable and easy to assimilate than CoQ10 alone. Peaceful Planet recommends taking one 100 mg Ubiquinol daily for:

  • Fighting free radicals
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Increasing energy and mental sharpness
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Contributing to heart health
  • Countering the effects of aging
  • Possibly improving sperm quality

Saw Palmetto with Lycopene

These two supplements support prostate health. Saw Palmetto is an herb that impedes the hormone process in the prostate which causes it to get enlarged. Lycopene, from tomatoes, has shown an ability to destroy prostate cancer cells through altering hormone metabolism. Take one 320 mg. Saw Palmetto with Lycopene a day for:

  • Stronger libido
  • Better prostate health
  • Restored urine flow

Resveratrol

Extracted from the skin of red grapes as well as the knotweed plant known as polygonum cuspidatum, resveratrol is an anti-aging, longevity, and energy-enhancing supplement. Peaceful Planet carries resveratrol from Perfect Supplements and Biotivia, two of the most trusted names in whole food supplements.  Take 200 – 500 mg of resveratrol daily for:

  • Enhanced cognitive function
  • Huge antioxidant power
  • Appetite control and weight loss
  • Stamina and endurance
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Cancer protection
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Preventing insulin resistance
  • Combating many diseases

Korean Ginseng

The Koreans have long used Ginseng to improve erectile dysfunction and mental clarity. Now this healing root is available in fermented form for added potency and bioavailability from Dr. Mercola. Take approximately 100 mg a day for:

  • Improved erections
  • Better blood flow
  • Enhanced mental focus
  • Combatting free radicals
  • Supporting the immune system
  • Cleansing the body of toxins
  • Balancing blood sugar
  • Supporting heart, brain, and digestive health

Androtex

Androtex features a proprietary blend of extracts from roots and herbs. It delivers unsurpassed, targeted intervention for male hormonal problems. If you want to get back to the feelings of masculinity you once had, Androtex could help. Take ¼ teaspoon twice a day for:

  • Erectile support
  • Improved libido
  • Normalized testosterone levels
  • Clear thinking
  • Fat metabolism
  • Muscle building
  • Energy and zest for life

Men’s Multiple Vitamins

The advantage of taking a multi-vitamin is that it’s quick and easy to get many of the necessary supplements discussed here along with others that may be needed. Peaceful Planet offers several excellent whole food derived multi-vitamins just for men such as Garden of Life My Kind Organics Men’s. You might decide to cover your bases with a multi and then add supplements from the list above for your individual needs.

The Supplement Challenge

Make the choice now to power up your health with the right supplements made from whole foods.  Do it for your body, brain, and sex life.  It’s not rocket science!  You too can blast off into the health zone!