Here on AntiAgingByDesign.com we are always talking about Living Younger Longer!
What does that really mean though?
One important part is how are you FEELING?
Do you FEEL healthy and FEEL young – as you grow older?
Or do you have aching joints and feel old? If your joints hurt, or your bones ache, or you have muscle pain, this is for you.
Today we talk about feeling younger in terms of how you are ‘getting around‘.
How you FEEL as you move around all day – and also how you THINK – is closely related to how healthy your bones and muscles and joints are.
Is your metabolism slowing down? If so, learning how to maintain a good muscle mass (a large part of metabolism) and a healthy weight plays a huge role in helping to keep you healthy.
Some great ideas to practice as much as you can – daily if possible: stretching, yoga, and meditation. All of these are good for your mind and your body.
In regard to meditation (and THINKING), it’s very interesting to understand that you can train your brain to open up your parasympathetic nervous system to help build, grow, repair and heal your body. It needs the nutrients and the physical movement that we are discussing in order to do this – but DO follow our Train Your Brain materials to take your health and healing to the ultimate level.
Good practices to keep healthy muscles are learning how to sit less and move more, and really establish exercise as a way of life. At a minimum you can walk every day. Beyond that choose either an exercise plan you do at home, go to the gym and use cardio machines, or something else that gets your heart rate up and works your muscles.
Note: We are really liking working out at home on our Mini Trampoline. We recently upgraded to a better quality rebounder and are learning more about the ‘Health Bounce’ that you can do in addition to your rebounder workout. We will share an article soon about how the Health Bounce appears to be the closest thing to the Fountain of Youth that we currently have.
If you struggle a little to get going in the morning because you have aching joints, you feel stiff or just a little slow-moving, your joints are most probably talking to you.
Joints occur anywhere that two bones meet and allow for movement between those bones. Typical joints consist of bones covered in a cushion of cartilage and bathed in synovial fluid.
The synovial fluid acts as a lubricant facilitating movement and decreasing friction. Discomfort in your joints is typically caused by over-exertion, and happens as we get older.
Overall health is closely related to the health of our joints. Joint discomfort can limit our mobility and interfere with pretty much every aspect of our lives including exercise, enjoying time with family, and even performing everyday tasks.
Wouldn’t it feel a whole lot better to jump out of bed every morning, ready to take on the day?
Believe it or not, bone and muscle loss starts in your 30’s, so exercising and getting enough calcium from this point on is very important.
Maybe you are like most people and think that bones are hard, lifeless parts of your body. In fact bones are living organs full of blood and cells that are an active part of our overall health.
Your bones are constantly rebuilding themselves and grow stronger or weaker depending on how active you are and how well you are supplying the nutrients they need.
Bone mass and heart health become bigger health concerns as we get closer to our 50’s. Bone mass is a concern for women because women can lose as much as half their bone mass in the 5 to 10 years after menopause. Heart health is a major concern for everyone.
A good bone health routine, in addition to getting enough calcium and regular exercise, can also include getting Soy in your diet – because it is a good protein that helps to support heart and bone health.
Shaklee has unique, all-natural, high quality, whole food supplements to help if you have achy joints, bones or muscles. We encourage you to do as we did and evaluate this brand to see if you can benefit from taking Shaklee supplements.
Shaklee supplements are 100% guaranteed to work for you, and we like the fact that the guarantee takes away all of the risk and lets you experience the results.
Shaklee supplements contain No artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or preservatives.
Protein is an essential nutrient. You can’t live without consuming some minimal amount of available protein that provides all nine essential amino acids in adequate amounts. It helps you retain lean muscle and can help you keep a healthier weight which is easier on your joints, bones and muscles.
Protein Shakes are a great way to get lots of nutrition that benefits your whole body – quickly. You should aim for protein at each of your three meals, especially plant proteins in such as beans, lentils and other legumes, and soy foods such as tofu. For non-vegetarians, choose lean protein options including fish, skinless poultry, lean red meats, eggs, and nuts.
Bones lose minerals as we age. Key nutrients to help your bones stay strong and healthy are calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium and Vitamin K that you can get in a natural multi-vitamin.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our bones. Your diet should include high-calcium foods like milk and other dairy foods, leafy green vegetables, and soybeans. If you’re one of the many who aren’t getting enough from your diet, supplementation is key.
1000 milligrams of calcium in food or supplements is recommended daily to help maintain bone; however that amount increases for women after menopause and men over 70 – to 1200 milligrams a day.
Vitamin D3 is essential for the proper absorption of calcium from the digestive tract, and health practitioners suggest around 1000-2000 IU a day. Magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in bones and getting around 400 mg a day is essential for good bone building. Vitamin K is less well known than other vitamins, but just as essential for bone building. For good bone maintenance, 40-80 mcg a day is recommended.
Add fish oil to your routine (if you haven’t already)—it is good for your heart and your brain, especially as we age.
Omega 3s: The Mayo Clinic gives Omega-3s an “A” rating. Many studies report improvements in joint comfort with regular intake of fish oil supplements.
Consume fish at least 2- times a week, or consider 1,000 to 3,000 milligrams a day of a good fish oil supplement.
Shaklee’s Omegaguard contains all seven omega-3 fatty acids and zero cholesterol. The state-of-the art multi-step molecular distillation process concentrates natural, beneficial omega-3 fatty acids including EPA & DHA and removes lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, dioxins, PCBs, and other contaminants.
Joint Health Complex
If your joints hurt, there are many natural solutions that can help with your discomfort. Shaklee’s Joint Health Complex has a unique combination of nutrients that work together and can deliver some fantastic results.
Glucosamine hydrochloride: The cartilage in your joints is primarily made up of a nutrient called glucosamine. Taking glucosamine as a supplement aids in helping to maintain healthy joints.
Boswellia is an herb that has been used for over a thousand years to help joint health. A specific extract of Boswellia called 3-O-Acetyl-11-keto-Beta-Boswellic Acid (AKBA) has been shown in a recent study to improve joint comfort in as few as five days.
Learn more about the Shaklee brand of supplements in the video below:
Taking a health assessment is a great way to start an anti-aging plan. If you haven’t been going to the doctor regularly, you should make visits a priority now.
We invite you to get your personal Me+ology so that you can get an idea of where you might need to plan some healthier lifestyle choices.