Whether you're one of the 79 million baby boomers in this country, or are in your 20s, it's never too early to think about ways to push back the clock.
About a year ago I met a really inspiring 70-year-old woman at the gym. She was radiant, active and full of vitality--with not a wrinkle in her face (believe me, I looked!). When I asked her what her secret was, she told me it was good nutrition and exercising daily (walking even in the rain). She works at her husband's busy architectural firm, but she was--and has always been--mindful about the work/life balance. For her, it's important to play with her dog, engage in hobbies, read and spend time with her family.
She takes vitamins but, she stressed, not to replace good nutrition, but only as an extra. In short, she's been tapping many of the pillars of anti-aging.
There's been some talk in the media lately about telomeres. Scientists appear to be able to link them with the aging process. Are they the key to reversal? Learn more about telomeres and the five pillars of anti-aging below.
Yours in Health,
Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP
Telomeres and Aging Well
A few years ago Molecular Biologist Dr. Bill Andrews spoke at the Manhattan Beach Project Longevity Conference. He explained that, as we mature, our cells turn over and over--and our telomeres get shorter which, in turn, slows the process of rejuvenation and renewal.
What's a telomere? It's the object at the end of our DNA in our cell's nucleus. Every time a cell divides and turns over, the DNA replicates-and when it does, our telomeres get shorter--and that's exactly when illness and aging occurs: lack of muscle tone, memory and energy; obesity and poor eyesight, among other things.
We can't do anything to lengthen telomeres, he says, but we can certainly slow the shortening process by fighting the free radicals so responsible for aging and illness.
Says Kinesiologist Kinga Papp, B.Sc, Dip, Kin, N.D: "I'll read your body through muscle testing to tell us what it requires to move toward wellness, youthfulness and balance. It's possible that you need to release a blocked emotion or trauma; that certain nutritional elements are missing from your diet; or that energy clearing is needed to address hereditary tendencies. Professional Kinesiology provides personalized answers because everyone is unique."
There are five very critical points that everyone, without fail, should keep in mind when trying to reverse the aging process.
- Nutrition: Everyone should consume plenty of fruits and vegetables; they contain not only vitamins and minerals, but antioxidants--the substances that destroy free radicals. (Free radicals are often compared to rust--very destructive!)
The most important thing is to start your day off right with a healthy breakfast. A healthy meal will maintain your energy and regulate your blood sugars--and you'll continue to make wiser choices throughout the day.
"I begin my day with a healthy, whole grain breakfast of oatmeal and fresh fruit, " says Faith Hope Consolo, renowned real estate broker and "Queen of Retail." Consolo's day starts very early and usually ends late at night, so maintaining energy levels is a priority. She favors high-quality, fresh ingredients and, after breakfast, "It's pretty much vegetables and lean protein, including a lot of fish."
"I stay away from complex carbohydrates that are not whole grain, said Linda Alexander, president of Alexander Marketing, a full-service public relations firm. She explained that, although her diet is largely plant-based, she will sometimes eat poultry or organic meat; she'll eat fish, but only if it's wild-caught adding "never farmed fish."
- Exercise: Here's the bottom-line on exercise. It releases endorphins, which make you feel better and can reduce stress. It will also help you tone those muscles and maintain a healthy weight.
Everyone has their own particular favorite, whether Pilates or Zumba or Inten-Sati--and now there's been a lot of media attention about the health benefits and anti-aging effects of yoga.
Joschi Schwarz , Creative Director and Co-Owner of the Joschi Yoga Institute in New York City, says "Yoga keeps your muscles and joints flexible, and gives you a fit body and an active mind. A regular yoga practice, including breath work (Pranayama) , increases blood circulation and the amount of oxygen throughout your body and your brain, therefore helping to delay the signs of aging.
Schwartz continues: "The inverted yoga postures, especially, have an anti-aging effect and reverse the effect of gravity, firming our facial muscles, giving you a natural face-lift and glowing skin."
Read the entire story here to hear more even more great advice--AND listen to a guided meditation by Deepak Chopra.
Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a certified health and nutrition coach who works with people to help them instantly double their energy so they avoid that mid-morning or afternoon slump, get more done in less time and balance their lives.
Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, she sees people on an individual or group basis. While she will see people on a face-to-face basis, she finds that most clients prefer phone or Skype because: 1) They can do it in the convenience of their own home, office or wherever--no commuting! 2) Sometimes it's easier for them to be more open if they know there's not a set of eyes on them.
Irene also designs employee wellness programs; have your HR executive e-mail Irene at email@example.com to schedule a complimentary 45-minute employee health workshop.
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"One of my biggest challenges was getting back into the gym and I've been pretty upset over the weight I have gained. Rather than just sending me to the gym, you went WITH me to encourage me and show me ways I could push myself to achieve better results!
But the success extends beyond the gym, since I'm now implementing these skills into other areas of my life, including my career, hobbies, home and anywhere else I need to push myself and think YES! I CAN DO THIS.
You spoke and acted with such conviction it was very easy for me to listen and believe in you; although I heard it so many times in my life, it was only when you told me how and why I could push myself that I really believed I could do it. Thank you so much for your help and support, Irene.
Isis D., financial planner, New York City
Health Coaches are sometimes referred to as "change agents," since we'll help you implement transformation in your life. In short, we educate and get to the root of your problem.
The best way to describe what we do is to tell you what we DON'T do:
- We won't send you away with a list of so-called good and bad foods. Everyone reacts differently to a food, so what could be a good food for you for could be poison to ME.
- We don't leave our program open-ended with no end in sight. Starting with day #1, we'll write down and discuss your goals and challenges. Midway through your program, I review them to see if you're on track--or if we need to reset in order to reach them within your timeframe.
- We don't just mask issues-we get to the root of the problem, so you can get rid of it once and for all.
I made reference to Molecular Biologist Dr. Bill Andrews, who was also recently retained by Isagenix to consult on one of the company's products that specifically addresses the telomere/ aging question. Want to know more?
MEANWHILE, HERE'S A SHORT VIDEO FROM YOUTUBE WHERE ALTERNATIVE PHYSICIAN
TALKS ABOUT DR. ANDREWS' WORK ON TELOMERES. ENJOY!
|Telomeres Support Dr. Mercola on Dr. Andrews Cutting-Edge Research.mp4|