Strategies for Better Quality of Life with Age
Both women and men are asking what they can do to harness their physical and emotional well-being during the holidays and all year long. The good news is that there are a number of strategies to achieve this goal. Some of the most beneficial may be surprising because they do not require a radical change in routine, but instead a course correction of one’s health routine or the addition of select micronutrients.
All year long, spiritual/meditative practice daily is one healthy aging tactic. Being spiritually grounded may connect to the support of an important hormone for healthy aging and sexual wellness—DHEA. Studies show those who meditate consistently have higher levels of DHEA in age-matched comparison with those who do not.
Become more active in the community. Being connected to a community is good for the aging body and brain as well as to support a more youthful vigor and libido. When people feel connected to community, they often feel more connected to their own needs and the needs of those around them. Social relationships may help reduce stress and age-related risk factors.
Because immune health relies on the coordination of the body’s cells, chemicals and proteins, it is critical to properly support their function with a healthy diet and supplementation. A lifestyle balanced with the help of focused supplementation not only fills in gaps in diets but can also help with sleep and energy or endurance for activity (both mental and physical).
Hormonal changes are a natural and known entity in aging. What is surprising to many is how early in life this decline starts. A woman’s hormones begin to decline at age 35, while signs of hormone changes in men, albeit more gradual, may start in his 40's. For both men and women, botanicals can have a role in age and fitness.
This is not to suggest aging is as simple as 1, 2, 3, but rather to promote a mindset that says, “I can make choices to improve my quality of life today that will impact the quality of my health later.”
Contributed by The Downing Clinic and excerpted, with permission, from content by Dr. Deedra Mason, Clinical Director for Nutrimetrix. For more information, contact The Downing Clinic at 248-625-6677 or visit TheDowningClinic.com.