North Idaho Lifestyle - Sixty is about the time the body begins to fail, when the first hints of age-related disease begins. One hardly notices aging on a day-to-day basis, but when looking at old photographs-- the truth is there
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Mind Body & Soul - Aging Gracefully - North Idaho Lifestyle Magazine, Sandpoint Idaho

  Mind Body & Soul - Aging Gracefully

Sixty is about the time the body begins to fail, when the first hints of age-related disease begins. One hardly notices aging on a day-to-day basis, but when looking at old photographs-- the truth is there.

  Recently, I was at a school reunion and amazed that some of my former classmates looked like they had hardly aged at all. Others did not resembled the persons I once knew. There are some THAT things actually get better with age: wine, cheese, whiskey, beef, and violins. Why the difference? Why are some persons so altered by time and others not? The most likely answer to these questions is genetics and environment.

  All of us have abused our bodies over time and the wonder is not that we age and die, but that we make it through life as well as we do.

  Can we actually slow the aging process? Dr. Andrew Weil does not believe aging to be reversible. He feels the best we can do ---and it is a lot—is to accept this inevitability and try to adapt to it, to be in the best health we can at any age. Denial of aging and the attempt to fight it are counterproductive. To age gracefully means to let nature take its course while doing everything in our power to delay the onset of age related disease, in other words, to live as long and as well as possible.

  Steps to healthy aging are really no different from those our grandparents and parents preached to us for years:

Physical Health: We must eat a balanced diet, and exercise

Emotional Health: We must reduce stress, and have positive thoughts and attitudes

Spiritual Health: Health and illness involve more than the physical body; good medicine must address the whole person, meaning bodies, minds, and spirits.

Recently, I was at a school reunion and amazed that some of my former classmates looked like they had hardly aged at all. Others did not resembled the persons I once knew. There are some THAT things actually get better with age: wine, cheese, whiskey, beef, and violins. Why the difference? Why are some persons so altered by time and others not? The most likely answer to these questions is genetics and environment.

  Leonardo daVinci said: Eat better, eat less, no snacks, exercise regularly, drink pure water and breathe pure air, remove toxins; physical and mental, breathe, live spiritually; do service work, build good relationships, be fulfilled at work and have a life purpose.

  It has now been proven that stress, anger and depression increase your risk for heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in men and women. The power of positive thinking does work. Less stress equals less heart disease. The key is reframing the negative thought pattern in a positive way.

  Adopting the Mediterranean Diet which is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, fish and poultry in low amounts with little red meats, the use of olive oil, wine in small amounts and avoidance of refined carbohydrates and processed foods, not smoking, using moderate alcohol, and adhering to an exercise program is associated with more than 50% reduction in mortality.

  Courtesy of Ammara; Medicine, Wellness, Spa

Adopting the Mediterranean Diet which is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, fish and poultry in low amounts with little red meats, the use of olive oil, wine in small amounts and avoidance of refined carbohydrates and processed foods, not smoking, using moderate alcohol, and adhering to an exercise program is associated with more than 50% reduction in mortality.
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