New Study Reveals America’s Fear Of Aging

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seniormanAegis Living Study Says Women More Likely to Worry About Memory than Men – More Funding for Alzheimer’s Research Urgently Needed

According to a new Aegis Living Study on Attitudes Toward Aging, adults of all generations are equally as likely to worry about what will happen to their memory as they age (72% Millennials, 75% Gen X, 77% Boomers, 69% Silent Generation), which may help explain why nearly half of all adults (45%) agree they are scared of aging, particularly Millennials (47%), Gen X’ers (51%), and Boomers (43%). The study was conducted online by Harris Poll in April, 2015 among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18+.

“This study shines a light on a national issue that demands more attention. The more we’re aware of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the more research funding will start to flow. It simply has to,” says Dr. Shirley Newell, Aegis Living Chief Medical Officer. “We wanted to get a handle on what America is thinking about regarding an issue that faces our residents every day. And that’s what we have with these new numbers.”

Women More Worried than Men
The study also reveals that women are more likely than men to worry about what will happen to their memory as they age (77% vs. 70%, respectively) and be scared of aging (48% vs. 41%, respectively), and their fears may not be unfounded. The majority of Aegis Living residents are women and according to the Alzheimer’s Association, two-thirds of the 5 million seniors with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Women in their 60’s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer. The Alzheimer’s Association https://alz.org/abam/ has designated June as Alzheimer’s Awareness and Brain Awareness Month.

More Funding Urgently Needed for Alzheimer’s Research
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, U.S. direct cost of caring for people with Alzheimer’s in 2015 is $226 billion. By 2050, it will skyrocket to $1.2 trillion. Last year, more than $5 billion was spent on cancer research. $4 billion was spent on heart disease research and yet only $500 million was devoted to Alzheimer’s research.

Top Five Signs of Dementia

http://www.aegisliving.com/resource-center/5-signs-of-dementia/

1. Problems with Vision
2. Mood and Personality Changes
3. Poor Judgement and Difficulty Making Decisions
4. Misplacing or Losing Things
5. Forgetfulness

(Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in mental ability that is necessary for day-to-day function. Although there is no specific disease related to dementia, Alzheimer’s accounts for 60-80 percent of all cases of mental decline – Alzheimer’s Association)

About the Survey
The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Aegis Living, between April 23rd and April 27th, 2015 among 2,015 U.S. adults ages 18+. For complete research method, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact John Yeager at Aegis Living John.Yeager(at)aegisliving(dot)com

About Aegis Living
Aegis Living is a national leader in retirement, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care providing the finest in senior lifestyle emphasizing health, quality of life, well-being and community. Aegis Living is guided by a simple philosophy: strive to treat all people with the highest possible standards. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Redmond, Washington, privately held Aegis Living operates 30 communities in Washington, California and Nevada with 7 in development, including Aegis of Queen Anne on Galer. Many Aegis Living residents live with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Media Contact: John Yeager Public Relations Director Aegis Living 425-765-9845 (complete methodology available at John.Yeager(at)aegislving(dot)com). http://www.AegisLiving.com Follow us on Twitter @aegisliving and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AegisLiving

Aging And Chronic Pain: How To Start Fighting Back Early

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By Dr. Joseph Christiano

seniorexerciseFor most people, just the thought of aging can cause them to cringe. But throw in the topic of ‘chronic pain’ with ‘aging’ and you have an instant nightmare. So, why does aging and chronic pain cause us to cringe? You may say, isn’t it obvious?

Perhaps when we see our parents and/or grandparents walking bent over, using canes or walkers and making ‘old people’ sounds, we get glimpses of the obvious. But are we all doomed from the get-go or is there hope for a positive pain-free life ahead of you and me?

Curses and Blessings

In all reality the truth is, there is an epidemic of people living or better yet, suffering from chronic pain. When we understand that there are over 116,000,000 people in America alone who suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis it can easily cause a doom and gloom mental attitude regarding aging. Ask any person born between 1946 and 1964 about aging and chronic pain and you will hear many similar responses.

Chronic pain can start from an inherited genetic disorder or from a physical trauma i.e. an auto accident, sports injury or an acute painful condition from our childhood that never went away. There is no denying these painful realities but we can make decisions today that can transcend a painful life into a healthy and pain-free life for tomorrow.

Once the decision is made to be open-minded and willing to incorporate new and efficacious daily practices into our lives, we can begin to minimize and even reverse our current level of pain or chronic pain. By elevating our overall physiology through various simple steps, we can change the direction our bodies are heading so to minimize or eliminate chronic pain.

Simple Steps

From my book, “Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain,” I outline eight steps for a healthier and pain-free life. Keep in mind, much of my information comes from my own personal journey struggling with chronic pain for over 30 years. And when combined with the research and discoveries that most people are unaware of, it is not all that difficult to put an end to chronic pain.

When one develops a strong and resilient body, he or she can prevent the possible conditions that a weakened body experiences i.e. slow recovery from a trauma, a fall, sickness or disease, a weakened immune system that induces autoimmune conditions like Rheumatic Arthritis, etc.

HealthIf one would alter the foods they ingest daily and start making food selections based on their blood type, they would immediately lose excess body fat, go through a natural detox, and build a powerful pH balance in their cells. Making food selections for one’s blood type enhances energy levels, lowers cholesterol level, detoxifies the body to improve pH level or homeostasis, reach their ideal weight for life, etc.

By doing a colon detox, the body is able to rid itself of parasites and impact fecal matter that is cause numerous poor health issues. Many times, arthritic-like pain or joint pain comes from a colon that is constipated and putrefied. To complete nutritional demands, I strongly recommend that one supplements their diet with nutritional supplementations. Through advanced nutrition, we now have the ability to target specific areas i.e. glands and organs of the body with adult stem cell activators. So, one can reverse the damaged and or malfunctioning organ like the pancreas, liver, kidneys, adrenal, heart, pituitary, and more.

Aside from physical changes, when someone in pain switches their negative attitude to a positive one, they’re able to accomplish more from a neuromuscular perspective. Having a good mental attitude and being willing to change what is done on a daily basis, will help make great long-term, healthy changes.

The bottom line to dealing with chronic pain and aging is to start making healthy lifestyle changes, now. Moving you will have developed a healthy baseline that will support your life and help sustain a strong healthy and resilient body for whatever the future has to throw at you.

– Dr. Joseph Christiano ND, CNC, doctor of naturopathy and certified nutritional counselor, has spent more than 40 years leading an accomplished career in the field of health and wellness. He is president of Body Redesigning, has trained Miss America, Miss USA and Mrs. America pageant winners, and is a former Mr. Florida winner and an award-winner in the Mr. America bodybuilding championships. As the author of several books, including the best seller Bloodtypes, Body Types, and You, and his newest book, Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain Christiano has been featured in magazines such as Woman’s World, Women’s Health and Fitness, Central Florida, Iron Man, Pageantry, New Man and more, promoting the importance of living a healthy and pain-free life.

Brain Aging…Can You Do Anything About It? – Part 2

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By Dr. Michael Wald

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

omega35. Eat fish with high levels of omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, swordfish and mackerel; these important fats are proven to reduce brain atrophy (shrinkage), premature death of brain neurons and oxidative (degenerative) changes in the brain. The best type of salmon is Alaskan and not Atlantic salmon.

Dr. Wald strongly suggests that everyone who eats salmon more than once per month have their blood and urine mercury levels checked to detect and avoid mercury toxicity; these recommendations are very close to governmental suggestions regarding this issue. Bottom line, a combination of mercury vapor testing, serum metals (measuring total metals), red blood cells metals and minerals (also measuring total metals and minerals) and urinary 24-hour provocation testing (using a chelator of substance that helps bring metals into the urine so that they can be measured) and urinary free metals (the only test included here that separates out the harmful metals known as “free or unbound metals” from the bound or “non-free metals).

Take a supplement of omega 3 fatty acids including EPA and DHA oils: these oils, when supplemented according to metabolic rate (see Bioimpadance Testing under our Services section) will help to get the dose right. The dose of omega 3 oils, or any other nutrients for that matter, will also depend upon one’s needs for the given nutrient(s) changing one’s overall requirements. For example, if you have high cholesterol you require omega 3 oils; if you have inflammation or memory issues your dose requirement is much higher; if you are on a blood thinner like aspirin, coumadin or warforin your dose must be much lower or high depending upon your blood INR levels (a clotting test), platelet count and function and perhaps other tests (like bioimpedance mentioned above).

6. Taking a supplement called phosphotidylcholine and phosphatidylserine helps to maintain the integrity of neurons as an essential compound of nerve tissue. If you take this, other nutritional compounds, in terms of dosages, must change – please read our Nutritional Synergism Q & A under our Q & A section.

7. Take a multivitamin/mineral supplement – providing the B-vitamins needed for neurotransmitters to work properly (particularly B6). Not all multivitamins are alike. We have produced our own that meet our ridged quality assurance (scientific) requirements for composition, balance and type of ingredients. Not all supplements like multivitamins are the same. We use a few different formulations to meet the needs of our patients based on age, medication use, nutritional supplement use, exercise levels, sleep quality, blood results, results of other tests, health history and more.

exercisebrain8. Consider bio-identical hormones: the brain is known to age faster in some individuals when levels of estrogens, growth hormone testosterone, pregnenolone, progesterone and DHEA decline. Hormones can be balanced with dietary, herbal, nutritional supplement and natural hormones themselves. Even individuals with some very serious forms of brain aging including MS, ALS, Alzeheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia from cardiovascular disease (i.e., TIA’s or mini-strokes) respond favorably to hormonal replacement and nutrition done right.

9. Take nutrition specific for supporting one’s thyroid; low thyroid function is associated with accelerated brain aging. Adrenal disease and atrophy (shrinking) have been associated with brain aging. Mal-absorption syndromes caused from gluten; indicant and other issues must be identified and corrected. Sometimes you’ve just got to fix other tissues that are not functioning properly and have contributed or caused brain aging.

10. MOST IMPORTANT – Our blood detective technology helps me figure out the most appropriate and individualized nutritional plan for overall quality of life. See our, Blood Nutritional Consultation on our home page under the Consultations section (www.intmedny.com).

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Brain Aging…Can You Do Anything About It? – Part 1

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By Dr. Michael Wald

brainBrain aging is a natural process, but for many, the aging brain causing levels of mental dysfunction that often reduce the quality and length of life. Loss of short and long-term memory, increased inability to “find the right words” or connect something you are looking at and recalling its name, mental fogginess, outright dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and an overall sense of fatigue are just some of the ways in which an aging brain could affect you.

Below are some of my thoughts regarding nutritional and natural ways to offset the degenerative effects of aging upon the human brain that Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco have researched and perfected for use with our large patient population. These are general considerations to help prevent certain age related changes and to offset those that may be inevitable. It is essential to keep in mind that careful medical and nutritional history, dietary review, personalized laboratory (i.e., blood analysis and other testing), brain imaging (i.e., MRI, CT, EEG, EEG, etc.) can all potentially improve overall quality of life.

1. Consuming 4-6 pieces of fruits and vegetables per day will give you antioxidants that help to reduce the oxidative stress of brain aging, memory loss, etc. Juice everyday! See our Juicing Recipe in the Articles section of our website; supplement your juicing with dehydrated fruits and vegetables to increase nutritional and enzyme content thousands of times more! See our Blood Detective products including our product, Brain Food.

2. Eating healthy fats such as mono- and polyunsaturated fats especially from cold pressed (virgin, imported) olive oil and avocados help ensure that the cellular membranes of brain cells maintain a healthy fluidity. Hardness of brain cell membranes or loss of membrane fluidity is often associated with memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, MS, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory diseases and atrophy (shrinking of the brain). Consuming supplements of these types of oils and others including mercury free fish oils (i.e., salmon, sardines, mackerel, krill, etc.) can increase the brain content of these healthy oils much faster than eating foods alone. Special tests are available to help ensure that the proper dosage of these oils (otherwise known as the, “therapeutic dose) is reached. Otherwise, you may be wasting your time. These oils, if consumed in therapeutic amounts, require other nutritional synergists (aka, partners) such as vitamin E and selenium (also in certain amounts) that can be determined through careful expert examinations such as our Blood Detective interpretations and our clinical experience.

3. Increasing one’s intake of healthy protein sources such as raw nuts, seeds, free-range animal proteins; proteins are required to produce neurotransmitters in the brain – chemicals that allow for proper brain function. Vegetarian proteins are probably best, but then again, proper testing and other considerations must be considered when choosing the right proteins for someone with a goal of improving and slowing down brain aging. Proper levels of stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes are only two essential considerations and both clinical experience by our doctors and testing help to clarify for each individual.

cookies4. Reduce one’s intake of refined and processed carbohydrates and sugars such as desserts, refined pasta and table sugar; these types of sugars (carbohydrates) cause wild fluctuations in brain and blood glucose levels that can increase brain and nervous system aging. This is important for anyone we believe for any health purpose whatsoever, but even this must be done correctly. We see many patients who have imbalanced diets in their efforts to be healthy. We can help figure this all out! What is important is to understand that certain sugars (not including fruits) can damage the nervous system and many other structures causing and worsening nervous system (i.e., brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve) function causing many serious health problems. The nervous system controls many essential functions so the damage can extend virtually anywhere in the body.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Brain Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease – Preventing Loss Of Self – Part 2

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By Dr. Michael Wald

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

brainthinkingCarnitine is a vitamin-like substance that is responsible for the transport of fatty acids into and out of the mitochondria. Evidence suggests that carnitine may protect neurologic tissue due to its antioxidant and energy producing activity, and its role in neurotransmitter function.
While there are many forms of carnitine, acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) appears to have better activity in the central nervous system, including brain tissue. ALC administration in patients with primary degenerative dementia showed therapeutic efficacy in clinical, behavioral, and neuropsychological evaluations. A series of controlled studies suggests that ALC may slow the natural course of Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, persons with dementia given 1.5 to 3 grams ALC daily for 3 or 6 months have shown improvement in numerous clinical measures of cognitive function. In addition, “safety and tolerability of ALC [are] remarkably good,” further demonstrating the potential use of ALC in a number of progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Go to: www.blooddetective.com for L-Carnitine.

B vitamins, homocysteine, and neurological function in the elderly

Folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are critical to many bodily processes, including the health of the nervous system, blood, and cells. In addition, these B-group vitamins have been shown to protect against depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, peripheral neuropathy, and seizures. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “the status of these vitamins is frequently inadequate in the elderly and recent studies have shown associations between loss of cognitive function or Alzheimer’s disease and inadequate B vitamin status.”

Research has shown that an inadequate B vitamin status may result in neurocognitive dysfunction through elevated homocysteine concentrations in the blood, or hyperhomocysteinemia. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is produced in the human body. Prevalent in the elderly population, hyperhomocysteinemia is largely attributed to insufficient levels of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.

seniors2The association between cognitive dysfunction and hyperhomocysteinemia has been demonstrated in numerous studies. For instance, Dr. Selhub and colleagues reported “patients with Alzheimer’s disease had higher total plasma homocysteine concentrations than did age-matched healthy controls,” while “elderly patients with depression who had lower cognitive screening test scores had significantly higher homocysteine concentrations than did patients with normal cognitive screening tests.” Because folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are often deficient among many elderly patients, the importance of these vitamins in the prevention of hyperhomocysteinemia and neurocognitive dysfunction cannot be overlooked. Be sure and use the active forms of folic acid (L-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid), B12 (methylcobalamine and pyridoxyl-5-phosphate.

Prevention is the key! Be proactive as most regular physicians have no nutritional training and are not up on the latest scientific nutritional literature and advances.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Brain Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease – Preventing Loss Of Self – Part 1

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By Dr. Michael Wald

seniormanIf you are part of the baby boomer generation, then you face a unique problem; namely, the very real potential exists that you will loose your memory slowly over the later part of your life. Here are a few facts that you need to know:

• As you age your risk of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease rises

• Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process. The incidence of the disease doubles every five years beyond the age of 65.

• As the number of people over age 65 doubles between 2010 and 2056 to approximately 88.5 million (or to about 20% of the population), those over the age of 85 will increase three-fold, and the incidence of memory issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease increases as well.

• A half of a million Americans younger than the age of 65 suffer from some form of dementia (memory loss) including Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutritional science offers some important options for the treatment and prevention of all stages of memory loss. If you think that you are suffering from memory loss first visit your doctor. Then seek out a trained clinical nutritionist to perform a detailed nutritional-health consultation and appropriate nutritional lab work. Here are a few things you might consider in the meantime:

Fatty acid levels analyzed in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid found in salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, and shellfish and is essential for proper brain functioning. A lack of sufficient DHA may be associated with impaired visual functioning, depression, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

brainAccording to Dr. Julie Conquer and colleagues in Lipids, low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, may be a risk factor for cognitive impairment and/or dementia. A recent study sought to determine the concentration of DHA in a group of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias compared to a group of elderly control subjects with normal cognitive functioning. For each participant, blood was collected and tested for DHA concentration. Results demonstrated that the concentration of DHA was 48% less in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and 21% less in patients with other forms of dementia, compared to the elderly control subjects with normal cognitive function.

Dr. Conquer and colleagues stated, “A decreased level of plasma DHA was not limited to the [Alzheimer’s disease] patients but appears to be common in cognitive impairment with aging.” More studies are needed to investigate whether DHA supplementation can reduce the occurrence or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. (Lipids 2000; 35(12): 1305-12.).

I have observed DHA deficiency in my clinical practice over the last 22 years. It’s my judgment that it is safe and worth adding as a nutritional supplement to a balanced diet. See: www.blooddetective.com for Krill Oil and Vegetarian Omega 3 Fatty Acid.

Acetyl-L-carnitine may prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

8 Factors That Accelerate Skin Aging

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By Emma Brown

womanarmupYou might be using the best cosmetic anti-aging products available in the market but if you are unaware of the things that actually cause and accelerate skin aging then you cannot achieve the desired results.

While nothing can be done to control the biological factors, you can improve the way you look by taking precautionary measures against the environmental factors and your faulty lifestyle habits that can make the skin aging faster.

1. Make-up
The use of inferior quality cosmetics can instigate some serious damage to your skin. They can prove to be much more expensive in the end in terms of the harmful side effects caused by them. In addition to this, the proper removal of make-up also carries utmost importance to save your skin of the harmful chemicals present in the cosmetics.

2. High sugar content foods
Various studies have proved that the presence of sugar at higher levels in your blood stream can make you look older than your actual age. Intake of sugar in excessive quantities can be an invitation to various diseases and it can be responsible for taking away that youthful glow of your skin.

3. Lack of sleep
Sleep is a natural constructive way for your body to keep up with the health. Both your mind and body need proper rest to continue working efficiently. Lack of sleep or a disturbed pattern of routine sleep causes fatigue and anxiety. It leads to sagging skin, bags under your eyes and dark circles around your eyes apart from the other serious health issues.

4. Lack of proper nutrition
Skipping on the veggies and fruits along with untimely eating of your meals leads to deficiency of the required nutrients in your body. Consequently, your health starts giving up gradually as the body’s cells don’t regenerate and organs don’t work properly. This leads to premature aging.

5. Absence of physical workout
A body that lacks physical exercise is said to be an abode for various diseases. Physical fitness keeps your body healthy, young and vibrant. The present times support more of the sedentary lifestyle making your body deprived of any physical activity. Without any exercise, your body tends to age faster.

6. Stress
Constant worry, anxiety and tension cause body malfunctioning and lack of sleep. Fine lines, wrinkles and dull appearance of your skin are some of the immediate effects of taking too much stress. In case you suffer from perpetual stress and tensions then try some relaxing techniques such as yoga, meditation and listening to soft music.

7. Exposure to sun and pollution
Harsh sun and pollution leads to skin darkening, age spots and certain skin diseases. The harmful sun radiations can make your body exposed to the risks of developing cancer and aging at an accelerated rate.

8. Smoking and Drinking alcohol
Besides putting your body at a risk of developing numerous diseases, smoking cigarettes can be bad for your looks too. It reduces the elasticity of your skin making it dull and famished in appearance. The same holds true for excessive consumption of alcohol.

Formulate an effective anti-aging skin care regimen and use only a top anti-aging cream for a soft, supple and a younger looking skin.

– Emma Brown is a skin expert by profession. She loves to share her knowledge and experience with people. She regularly contributes her write ups to health or skin care related websites and blogs with most of her writings based on tips for best anti-aging skin treatments. In her free time she loves to travel, fashion shows and music.

What We Eat Affects Healthy Aging

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From Your Health Journal…..”You sometimes wonder if the old adage ‘You are what you eat‘ still holds true today? Most likely, yes. A healthy diet fuels your body correctly, while an unhealthy diet fuels your body inappropriately. Think of eating as an investment in the future. Just as you invest money in the bank to secure financial health, you invest healthy food in your body to secure good health.”

From the article…..

Molecular changes to our genes, known as epigenetic marks, are driven mainly by ageing but are also affected by what we eat, a new research has revealed.

The study showed that whilst age had the biggest effects on these molecular changes, selenium and vitamin D status reduced the accumulation of epigenetic changes, and high blood folate and obesity increased them.

These findings support the idea that healthy ageing is affected by what we eat.

Researchers from the Institute of Food Research led by Dr Nigel Belshaw, working with Prof John Mathers and colleagues from Newcastle University, examined the cells lining the gut wall from volunteers attending colonoscopy clinic.

The study volunteers were free from cancer or inflammatory bowel disease and consumed their usual diet without any supplements. The researchers looked for specific epigenetic modifications of the volunteers’ genes that have been associated with the earliest signs of the onset of bowel cancer – an age-related disease. These epigenetic marks, known as DNA methylation, do not alter the genetic code but affect whether the genes are turned on or off. These methylation marks are transmitted when cells divide, and some have been associated with the development of cancer.

The investigators studied the relationship between the occurrence of these epigenetic marks at genes known to be affected in cancer, and factors including the volunteers’ age, sex, body size and the levels of some nutrients in the volunteers’ blood.

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