As much as we wish it were possible, we can’t stop the hands of time. We are all aging. As a health care professional, we can guide our patients to make healthy decisions that will help them feel better and stay stronger as they age. There are obvious signs of aging like gray hair and wrinkles, but other areas of the body experience changes too. Aging may impact the cardiovascular system, bones, joints, muscles, memory, eyesight, hearing, teeth, skin, weight, and more. Fortunately there are steps patients can take to help them stay active and healthy as they age. As cliche as it may sound, reminding patients to eat right, exercise, get enough sleep and stay positive can have a major impact. The power of positive though is important. Comparing yourself to what you were yesterday, last month, or last year holds no benefit, as none of us are the same as we used to be.
As people age, they may experience achy joints, less energy, and muscle loss, or they may just want to take it easy. But this is exactly the time to get moving. Exercise and other physical activity have multiple benefits for people of any age, but especially for seniors. Staying active may prevent or delay disease and disabilities, such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, and arthritis. Exercise has also been show to help improve mood and cognitive function while helping to manage stress. Even moderate activity may help improve endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. We encourage patients to participate in some form of aerobic exercise, such as water aerobics, tennis, or energetic walking. Activities like yoga and tai chi can strengthen muscles, improve balance, and increase flexibility. We try and work closely with our patients to determine a safe exercise plan to match their abilities.
Some of the most important changes an aging individual to make is to remove sugar from their diet; reduce carbohydrate intake; and supply plenty of protein and healthy fats from organic, whole foods. Eating the right foods will balance blood sugar levels, in turn making the patient feel better. For older patients, not only is it important to eat right but to eat enough. It is very common for aging adults to experience a decrease in appetite. This may be due to many factors, such as a reduced sense of smell, vision, or taste; side effects from medication; hormonal changes; or digestion issues. A continuing loss of appetite may lead to nutritional deficiencies and weight loss. That is why adding in nutritional supplements becomes even more important as we age, because it becomes more and more difficult to get everything the body needs out of our daily intake of food.
Quality Supplements to Support Healthy Aging
The following products are excellent choices for support of healthy aging.
Catalyn supplies multiple vitamins for complete, complex nutritional supplementation and is designed to bridge nutritional gaps in the diet. The first product developed by Standard Process founder Dr. Royal Lee, Catalyn also encourages healthy cell functioning and supports overall well-being.
Cod Liver Oil has an extensive list of benefits. It contains EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids that are strongly associated with good overall health. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It has been shown to
- support immune system response
- support healthy eyes and skin
- support epithelial tissue
- support bone and tooth health
- support the musculoskeletal system
- may support mood challenges and liver funciton
- supports the body’s natural inflammatory response function as it relates to periodic challenges like consumption of high fat foods or strenuous activity
Both of these products can be found at Greenwood Health Center and should be taken as part of a balanced, healthy diet. When combined with regular chiropractic care, a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and good fats can help us all age gracefully.