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What happens to many individuals after 60?

When you see changes in your body, the aging process has come into play.  A state of being conscious of the process is required at this point.  As we try to correct one thing, we soon discover another problem is beginning.  It can ruin our sense of identity.  Many individuals are unable to modify their lives and need tools to handle this process.  A system based on common sense will slow the loss.  One must learn how to incorporate the aging system into a plan to move forward. Aging can vary within an individual according to lifestyle characteristics.  It appears that physiological measures generally decline with age, but not at the same rate. Within the cell, chromosomes show changes that can affect cell aging. There are changes with cells like clumping, shrinking, fragmenting, number and size of the nucleoli decreasing, and sometimes some cells may even increase.  The mitochondria may show changes in shape and number. It has been discovered that healthier lifestyles and medical treatment can delay disease by 10 years

Some examples of change are: Our senses, taste, smell & sight; our ability of heart to pump, our muscles become weaker, our mental ability declines, our immunity decreases, and infections untreated may impact one’s status. The body should have a routine to keep the body’s natural rhythms.  We become more susceptible to cancer and infectious diseases.  The body has a problem when routine is changed. You need better food choices and decrease your deficiencies. Carbohydrates should be unrefined and you should increase fiber and nutrients. Incorporate more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans (legumes). Choose low fat dairy (yogurt). Lower your intake of protein meats, high in fat, and red meat. Include more fiber rich nuts and seeds. Fat should include Olive oil, lower intake of fatty cheeses, lower intake of butter, lower intake of sour cream, a lower intake in high saturated fats. Minerals and vitamins should be checked for deficiencies. Lower salt intake, limit sugar, limit smoking, limit alcohol. Evaluate interactions with medication.

There should be joint effort from physician and nutritionist (better diet- anti aging nutrition).Your attitude can affect  longevity and quality of life. Have nutritional needs evaluated and looked at: Medical history and Predisposition to health. Digestive Health address: Constipation, Stomach inflammation as Stomach acid impairs digestion and absorption, and Bacterial growth. Mouth should be checked for: Chewing and swallowing problems, gum disease, any decrease in saliva, and choking problems (protein too hard to chew).

Manage any chronic disease; Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, and wasting muscles.  Be active in preventing disease and disorders. Correct any essential fatty acid deficiency. Reduce chronic inflammation, which affects the blood vessels and the brain. Evaluate the medications you take with health care providers and check for interactions. Check your hormone levels and correct imbalances. Maintain and or improve your present status. What you can do? Stop body degeneration with maintenance. Repair and regenerate what you can. Prevent cancer and age related degenerative diseases. Sugar- can feed cancer cells and make them divide and proliferate, so cut back on it. Skin- do protect yourself from too much sun and don’t drink too much coffee. Guard against broken capillaries/ bruising (Rutin bioflavenoid) (buckwheat) may help repair this process). Hair-drink water, include essential fatty acids, check thyroid health and digestion. Check for yeast, mold, gluten, and dairy allergies. Keep your liver clean and improve food choices. Don’t get deficient. Joints- use flexing and weights to decrease inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. Muscles- due to tightness you need to do stretching. Bones- check hormones; (estrogen breaks bones and progesterone builds up).Heart- sugar, saturated fat and too much starch can lead to plaque. Lungs- sinuses and lungs are connected, check for infection Stomach- check acidity and don’t take too many antacids. Stress -acknowledge it and address it.

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