lincoln quote on aging
Lincoln quote about aging

The aging dimension is one of the nine designated dimensions responsible for determining the basis for what is good life, meaning your overall health and well being. As I have outlined in all my previous articles, all the dimensions are inter-related and inter-dependent on each other in terms of functioning effectively, thus, giving you balance in your life. It is vitally important that you are mindful of what is occurring within self, physically, emotionally, and mentally, and if imbalance exists in any way, it is critical you make adjustments or changes as necessary.

What does Wikipedia say about aging? “In humans, aging represents the accumulation of changes in a human being over time, encompassing physical, psychological, and social changes. Reaction times, foe example, may slow with age, while knowledge of world events and wisdom expands.” To read more on aging from Wikipedia, read here.

Aging is the process and natural changes which occur in living organisms over time. It sounds simple on the surface, but it is very complicated and open for debate, in how aging actually occurs, and what causes it. There is much disagreement over what actually causes aging. These changes are not only physical, but also psychologically, and socially, and not only in negative ways, but also in positive ways. An example of positive aging is the ability to gain knowledge, experience, and wisdom.

Aging is the greatest known risk factors associated with most human diseases. Two-thirds of the 150,000 people who die each day around the globe, die from age-related causes. The causes of aging are not well-defined. There are two current theories believed to be responsible for aging. One is the Damage Theory, when damage occurs at the DNA level, from oxidation internally, and externally, from stress and environmental factors. DNA loss and oxidation damage are most certainly one of the main factors in determining the aging process, as is, the buildup of waste products deposited in the cells of the body.

The other theory is referred to as the Programmed Theory, which is believed to follow a biological, predetermined path and time-table of decline. This time-table which is similar to, or a continuation, is the one that determines childhood growth and development. Heredity and genetics also play an important role in determining the aging process and longevity. If your ancestors lived longer, more productive lives, it is highly likely you will also, through genetics, inheriting longevity genes.

Factors to Consider in the Aging Process

There is open debate among scientists and researchers whether reducing calorie intake, while still maintaining proper nutrition, has any effect on life spans in humans. However, several other studies have shown and support that caloric restriction does provide some protection from age-related diseases. One study by the University of Wisconsin showed that caloric restriction does, in fact, extend life span, whereas, the National Institute of Aging (NIA) found no effects of caloric restriction on longevity. So, the research can be confusing, to say the least?

There is evidence, however, that genetics and diet, not just caloric restriction, are factors in slowing the aging process, and longevity, as I mentioned earlier. There is also evidence that the amount and quality of sleep has an impact on mortality. Lack of sleep (5 hours or less) more than doubles the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, but it is also true, too much sleep (over 9 hours) doubles the risk of death, not from cardiovascular disease necessarily, but from chronic stress, depression, and mental disorders. Chronic stress, depression, and mental disorders are associated with longer hours of sleep, but its typically not restful, healing sleep. It’s usually interrupted sleep, troubling, and unscheduled sleep,  at all hours of the day or night.

Physical exercise and stretching assist in increasing longevity. Statistics show individuals who are moderately

healthy exercise

physically active, have a lower mortality rate, through improving the health and quality of life from reducing stress and inflammation in the body. Physical exercise brings a state of relaxation, reduces stress levels and mental exhaustion, and more restful and beneficial sleep.

Controlling or avoiding chronic stress is also beneficial in slowing the aging process. Studies have shown stress can be countered by social connections, mindfulness and activities as meditation, spirituality, and married life. Experts say loneliness carries a higher mortality rate than smoking.

Graceful and Healthy Aging Involves Three Keys

  1. Freedom from disease and disability
  2. High cognitive and physical functioning
  3. Social and productive engagement

Geroscience is the study of the paramatures on what is good life, and the relationship between the basic and normal aging process, chronic disease, and health. As we grow older, we are most likely to be diagnosed with one or more chronic ailments or life-threatening diseases, such as Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, immune system disorders, and Cancer. Growing older is associated with other debilitating conditions such as Arthritis, fatigue and frailty, fractures and broken bones, preventing you from having a good quality of life.

How Aging Affects the Major Systems of the Body and Corrective Measures You Can Take

  1. Cardiovascular System
  • As you age your heart rate becomes slightly slower, your blood vessels and arteries become stiffer, and your heart can enlarge, causing your heart to labor harder to pump blood through your body, resulting usually in Hypertension.
  • Start a regimen of moderate exercise and stretching exercise to get the blood flowing.
  • Eat a fresh, with emphasis on “fresh”, certified organic, non-GMO, nutritious high-fiber diet, use lean sources of protein like cold-water fish and lean meats, and restrict the use of saturated fats and sodium. Use fresh, organic, non-GMO fruits and vegetables, especially dark-green leaf veggies.
  • Supplement your diet with a natural Adaptogen, organic, nutritious whole healing food Peruvian Maca. For more information on this incredible healing-plant, read this review WHAT IS IN MACA ROOT?
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products.
  • Find a way to relax and control stress, using meditation, yoga, or other forms, before it becomes chronic and debilitating (refer to my previous articles)
  • Get ample (at least seven hours), quality, uninterrupted, restful sleep.

2. Your bones, joints, and muscles

  • Aging causes bones to shrink and loose density which weakens them and makes them more prone to fracture and breakage, and your skeletal frame can even shorten. Muscles lose strength and flexibility causing imbalance and coordination issues.
  • Take adequate amounts of calcium, a minimum of a 1,000 milligrams required daily up to 71 years of age for a male and up to 51 years of age for a woman, after age 70 for a male, and 51 for a woman, increase to 1,500 MG a day. Natural sources of calcium include almonds, broccoli, kale, canned salmon w/ bones, sardines, soy products, and Maca.
  • Eat fresh nutritious foods high in fiber and low in saturated fats (see above). Drink ample amounts of water or healthy fluids.
  • Supplement your diet with a natural Adaptogen whole food Peruvian Maca which contains more than the minimum amounts of calcium and Vitamin D required. Get adequate amounts of vitamin D, up to age 70 the Institute of Medicine recommends 600 IU’s a day, age 71 and older increase to 800 IU’s a day. Natural sunlight is our best source of vitamin D but because of the concern with developing skin cancer, few people get enough sun anymore. Other natural sources include oily fish, such as tuna and sardines, egg yolks, and fortified milk.
  • Participate in moderate physical activity and stretching exercise, and learn to relax
  • Avoid substance abuse and tobacco products.
  • 3. Digestive System

    • Constipation is more common in older adults. Factors which can cause constipation include eating a low-fiber
      healthy-meal-grilled chicken-salad
      healthy meal grilled chicken salad

      diet, not drinking enough fluids, not getting enough exercise, taking certain medications like diauritecs and iron supplements, and certain medical conditions as Diabetes and irritable bowl syndrome.

    • Eat a fresh healthy diet which is high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, non fatty meats like fish (see above), limit the use of dairy products and sweets, and drink plenty of water and other fluids.
    • Engage in moderate physical activity and stretching, and learn to relax.
    • Don’t ignore the urge to have bowl movements.
    • Supplement your diet with a natural Adaptogen whole, organic, healing food Maca, which is an antioxidant and anti-imflammatory, and will aid in regulating bowl movements.

    4. Your bladder and urinary tract

    • Loss of bladder control is more common in older adults, particularly with menopause in women and enlarged prostate in men.
    • Visit the bathroom regularly.
    • Control your weight.
    • Do kegel exercise regularly to strengthen your muscles.
    • Avoid bladder irritants such as caffeine, acid foods, alcohol, and carbonated beverages
    • Avoid becoming constipation.
    • Eat fresh nutritious foods high in fiber and low in saturated fats (see above).
    • Use a natural supplement Adaptogen, organic whole food Peruvian Maca.

    5. Your memory and recall

    • Memory becomes less efficient with aging, especially instant recall.
    • Participate in moderate physical activity and stretching to increase blood flow throughout the body and brain.

      mood recall memory
    • Eat a fresh nutritious balanced diet as listed above. Avoid excessive use of alcohol.
    • Stay mentally active by reading, doing crossword puzzles, being creative, or doing research, or take up a new hobby.
    • Be socialable by creating opportunities to be with family and close friends. Social interaction aids in warding off depression and stress. Remember being alone is not healthy.
    • Learn to relax by practicing yoga, or deep breathing, or taking short naps.
    • Lower your blood pressure and keep it regulated, to reduce vascular disease and dementia.
    • Don’t use tobacco products.
    • Use natural supplement Adaptogen, organic, whole food Peruvian Maca, which increases energy levels and enhances mood and memory..

    6. Your eyes and ears

    • Your eyes may lose focus on objects close up to you, you may be more sensitive to glare, adjusting to sudden changes like light and dark, and possibly clouded vision due to cataracts.
    • Hearing may diminish by being unable to hear high frequencies, or hearing in a crowded or loud room.
    • Have it seen about.
    • Wear sunglasses outdoors.
    • Eat fresh nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables (see above).
    • Supplement your diet with a natural Adaptogen, organic, whole healing food Peruvian Maca.

    7. Glands and hormone

    • Aging may cause feelings of uneaslness or acute or chronic stress, as in the fight or flight syndrome- associated with
      endrocrine hormone balance

      fears of the unknown and anxieties which can develop, and are mostly imagined, negatively affecting your endrocrine system and your hormones, causing them to become out of balance. If this condition persists, causing more uncontrolled stress, spiraling out of control, thus, affecting the majority of all the functions in your body negatively.

    • Get sufficient exercise to relax you physically and stretching exercise, which will reduce stress and anxiety, and also keep you busy and your mind occupied and away from negative or fearful thoughts.
    • Eat fresh nutritious foods high in fiber and low in fat (see above). Drink plenty of water and other fluids.
    • Supplement your diet with a natural whole, organic, food Adaptogen Peruvian Maca, which will aid in balancing and regulating your hormones, and Endrocrine System that is wrecking havoc on your body.
    8. Your skin and complexion
    • With age your skin thins and becomes less elastic and more fragile because of the decrease of fatty tissue right below the surface of the skin. You will probably also notice you bruise much easier, and the decreased production of natural oils and vitamin deficiency, make your skin dryer. Wrinkles, age spots, and small growths are common too. Exercise is good here because it brings oxygen-rich blood to the skin rejuvenating it. Also, see below for the latest in restoring damaged, tired, and aged skin (**)
    • Use warm water not hot, mild soap, and moisturizer, to bathe
    • Outdoors, use sunscreen and some type of hat, and protective clothing. Check yourself for any abnormal growths.
    • Refrain from smoking which damages skin and causes wrinkles.
    • Eat fresh nutritious foods high in fiber and low in fat. Avoid high fatty meats (see above). Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Supplement your diet with a natural, organic, whole food Adaptogen Peruvian Maca, which has anti-imflammatory properties and is a natural antioxidant
    9. Sexuality
    • With age, sexual needs and performance may change. Illness and certain medications could affect your ability to enjoy sex. For women, vaginal dryness can occur making sex uncomfortable, and for men, importance can become a concern, in taking longer to achieve an erection and maintaining it.
    • Openly communicate with your partner and experiment with new positions or methods.
    • Consult a Physician for specific treatments, such as Estrogen cream for dryness in women, and oral medication to increase libido in women, and in men, oral medication to aid in erectile dysfunction.
    • Eat fresh nutritious and well-balanced foods high in fiber and low in saturated fats (see above).
    • Supplement your diet with the natural whole food, organic, Adaptogen Peruvian Maca daily, which is a fertility booster, balances estrogen levels, improves libido in women, and improves mild erectile dsyfunction in men. Maca is also very effective in reducing the symptoms of Menopause in women.
    10. Weight
    • Maintaining a healthy weight is more difficult as you gt older. As you age, your muscle mass decreases and body fats take its place. Since fat tissue takes fewer calories than does muscle, you require fewer calories to maintain your current weight.
    • Include physical activity and stretching in your daily activities.
    • Eat fresh nutritious well-balanced foods high in fiber and low in saturated fats (see above).
    • Supplement your diet with a natural whole food, organic, Adaptogen Peruvian Maca daily
    fresh maca root with leafy tops

    By reading and understanding What Is Good Life, I’m sure you can readily see there are certain specific things you “can do” to assist your body in slowing the aging process, or at least, prevent the process of aging from accelerating, or causing premature damage. Watch your weight, eat fresh, as possible, organic foods which are balanced nutritiously, high in fiber and low in saturated fats. Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Implement a routine of moderate exercise and stretching program.

    Learn low to relax. Supplement your diet with a natural whole, healing food, organic, Adaptogen Peruvian Maca for added insurance. For more information on this medicinal plant, read WHAT’S HEALTHY LIVING.  Stop the use of tobacco products. If you drink alcohol to relax, drink it moderately. Get ample (7-8 hours a night) restful sleep on a specific time schedule.

    One other thing. Being mindful, and learning how to relax through yoga or meditation, is vitally important in slowing the aging process. If you are not inclined to use yoga or meditation, there is another solution to bringing you to mindful state of relaxation, and it works! Check out MUSE, The Brain Sensing Head Ban.

    (**) We know natural Vitamin C is essential for overall health and well being, and fighting the common cold, but, it wasn’t until recently that women started bathing their face in it. Why you ask? According to a recent study by Oregon State University, Vitamin C has been rediscovered as the “Holy Grail” of anti-aging in skin. Thanks to its ability to help reverse UV and environmental-induced photo-damage. When applied topically to skin, it enhances collagen synthesis to bring back youth in the form of a brighter, firmer, more glowing complexion. This truly remarkable. Take a look at “Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum.”.

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