While heredity does play a part in a long and healthy life and having parents that can pass that along to you is great, but you have no control over that aspect of your life. However, you still can play a major role in how long you live and the quality of the life you live.
HGH or Human Growth Hormone has been purported by anti-aging physician Richard LeConde, aged 52, to reduce body fat, increase muscle tone, enhance sexual performance, elevate your mood and firm your skin. Dr. LeConde injects himself daily and has done so for 5 years and swears by HGH for staying young and vital. For the average person, this would cost $300 a month for this treatment. Sounds downright 24th Century, doesn’t it? Presently, however, it is only approved by the FDA for treatment of adult human growth hormone deficiency.
Since it take years for such treatment to be approved, we should start an anti-aging lifestyle by living and eating healthy.
One: Restoring your hormones: Classic symptoms of declining hormone levels are loss of energy, libido and stamina and are the usual reasons for patients to go to anti-aging doctors like Dr. LeConde. He prescribes testosterone for female patients claiming that there is dramatic improvement that is more pronounced than when estrogen and progesterone is taken without the testosterone.
Two: Reducing Wrinkles: Unless you have been really, from a very young age, on your guard about using sun block every time you left the house, it is likely that you will have fine lines, wrinkles, and/or brown spots by the time you reach 40. A form of Vitamin A, Retinol, works well for reducing fine lines and wrinkles and fading brown spots as well as smoothing your skin tone. Retinol or a topical cream, tretinoin, will exfoliate and increase the production of collagen. You can get the creams in concentration strengths of 0.02 or 0.05, enabling everyone to be able to tolerate the cream. Normal range of cost is between $10-$15 per month. It has also been used for early signs of sun damage or skin cancer.
Three: Enough Restorative Sleep: You can run the risk of a heart attack or a stroke if you sleep less than 6 hours per night for a length of time. Lack of sleep also deteriorates your mind at a faster rate. Lack of sleep also makes you cranky. Viral infections are more prevalent among people that don’t get the proper amount of rest as well. A good 8 hours of sleep every night is vital to your health, mood and longevity.
Four: Your antioxidant quotient: Eating healthy and including all the fruits, grains, vegetables, etc., is very important but sometimes difficult to achieve. Not eating as we should can be helped by taking supplements. Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg of Tufts University suggests taking daily supplements of the most important supplements which are vitamin C (200 to 250 milligrams), vitamin E (100 to 400 IU) and a mixed carotenoid supplement (6-10 milligrams).
Five: Antioxidants: Free radicals contribute to the onset of age-related diseases says Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg of Tufts University. To combat free radicals you should take a combination of antioxidants via food and supplements (see previous chapter). Dr. Blumberg advises dark-colored vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, squash and spinach for carotenoids and blue and purple berries for flavonoids. Because foods contain so many classes of antioxidants that work together, proper foods are a great source of antioxidants.
Six: To slow the aging process, another important part of the puzzle is aerobic exercise. This type of exercise fights the loss of muscle strength, bone density, diminishing stamina and balance that increases with age.
Basically, aerobic activity is long in duration but low in intensity. Activities include walking, biking, jogging, swimming, and/or aerobic classes. The word ‘Aerobic’ means with air or oxygen. While doing aerobic exercise, you should be able to carry on a short conversation.
Seven: Adding spirituality to your daily life. Spirituality, or religion, has been shown to have a positive effect on physical health. There is a grocery list of methods to reduce physical suffering via various forms such as meditation, prayer or yoga. Medical researchers who have investigated the connection between mind, body and spirit, have found that focusing on spirituality and the importance of its power to bring forth positive change.
Eight: Eating to nourish both your body and mind. You probably already know the U.S. government’s suggestions for a daily healthy diet as well as the 8 8-ozs of water per day. Did you also know that fat should not be more than 30-35 percent of your daily diet, with 1/5 of the fat being unsaturated? Protein should constitute another 15% of your caloric intake and Carbohydrates (your fruits and vegetables) with complex carbs (oatmeal , wild rice and whole wheat bread) for the remaining calories.
Nine: Keeping your brain stimulated. Keeping your brain sharp is paramount and it is every as important to exercise your brain as it is to exercise your body. Studies have found that the more educated a person is as well as one who continues to challenge their brains had fewer instances of Alzheimer’s disease. This is according to Roizen and Oz.
Challenging your brain with crossword puzzles, learning a new language, or just simply being aware of your surroundings, i.e., noticing your surroundings, sounds, etc. Staying abreast of the news, joining forces with others to bring change, helping children with reading, etc., there are limitless activities that will keep your brain young. Remember, if you don’t use it, you will lose it.
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