Many people are always looking for ways to hold back the hands of time, looking for the secrets to anti-aging. There are so many ways to live longer and live better. We know about eating healthy, exercising, and of course reducing stress, but there are some other very important factors in slowing down the aging process.
I have been a chiropractor in practice for over 14 years and I am always get asked, “excuse me, where is the doctor” or better yet most recently I had a patient say to me, but Dr. Russell it’s so much easier for somebody your age than myself.” Interestingly in the second case, I am a little older than that patient and he was shocked.
Yes, for me I choose a healthy lifestyle as mentioned above but I also incorporate other KEY factors at staying and looking younger than most my age. I want to share with you some of these important factors of anti-aging and how I try to help my patients with them too.
1) Everything we eat, breath and drink has chemicals and is toxic to the body. This toxicity increases the acidity levels of the body. Most bacteria, viruses and even cancers thrive in an acidic environment. Another important thing to note is that the more toxic your body is, the more it stores body fat. In the US, overweight and obesity is running rampant. People run to Weight Watchers, LA Weight Loss and other programs with little to no success and it’s because they are not addressing the real cause of being overweight. By counting calories, you will initially lose weight, but the toxins become more concentrated and therefore tells the body to start storing more body fat. This leads to the yo-yo affect of losing weight, then gaining it right back. Sound familiar? Well in our office we address toxicity by doing a full body cellular cleanse and nutritional program. Weight Loss and cleansing is so important in maintaining health and anti-aging
2) So many people consume caffeine in coffee and energy drinks as well as many products with refined carbohydrates or sugars. Caffeine and refined carbohydrates lead to adrenal fatigue and adrenal failure. You have glands in your body called adrenal glands that help regulate the 4 main hormones of the body: adrenaline, norepenephrine, cortisol and DHEA. When these hormones are off balance it can lead to heart conditions, digestive problems, immune problems, allergies, immune problems, arthritic problems, fatigue, increased stress, loss of sleep, depression, insomnia, anxiety, weight problems, diabetes, PMS, menopause, libido problems and even fertility problems. Caffeine also dehydrates the body, which will age the body more quickly.
3) Science has proven that part of your genes determine your aging! There are strands of repeated nucleotides that end the strands of your DNA.. these are called telomerase. Telomerase is an error correcting process that assists cellular reproduction to make sure that new cells are exactly like the ones they are replacing. The problem is that as we age, the length of the strands shorten and this is why organisms age and die. A great analogy is if you photocopy a copy over and over, the quality of the copy decreases. Research is focusing on the protection and repair of the telomerase to slow down or even reverse human aging. Recently I found a supplement that supports telomere health by combining scientific breakthroughs in telomere support and the benefits of antioxidants in youthful aging. The supplement helps maintain youthful function of cells and healthy telomeres, helps protect the body from harmful free radicals that can accelerate aging and contribute to poor health, targets the sources of aging, such as oxidative stress.
4) Chiropractic is such an important aspect of improving the quality of life and maintaining health. We know the nervous system controls all functions of the body. Activities of daily living, stress and traumas cause or spine to subluxate or misalign therefore putting pressure on the nerves and spinal cord. When this happens it disrupts the functions of the body, we get malfunction of the organs, tissues and cells. If this is allowed to progress we develop disease and finally symptoms. Waiting for symptoms to evolve is the worst form of health care. By going to a chiropractor, you improve your natural health and function naturally without harmful drugs or surgery. This natural form of health care improves your quality of living, reduces stress, and helps you live and more healthy longer life.
In our office, Hometown Family Wellness Center located in Freehold, NJ, we help our patients live longer by warding off illness and live better through improvement in diet and lifestyle. Nobody wants to spend the last decades of life in misery. Every day of every year should be filled with life, laughter and happiness with promise and pain free. Fitness, nutrition, positive mental attitude and regular chiropractic care all have key roles to play in the equation of anti-aging. This is our multi-pronged approach to help you and other patients!