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AGING GRACEFULLY – Part 1

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:28 AM

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Youth and Vitality are two things that everybody wants. Many go to extreme measures to get it, and many pay a very high price in the pursuit of it. There are all kinds of procedures that exist today that promise a younger, more beautiful you.  Like Botox injections, Laser treatments, Facelifts. They are very invasive procedures and sometimes dangerous. Then there are all kinds of miracle creams. There’s a lot of focus on looking younger and being wrinkle free.  But there are skin care gimmicks out there and it can be confusing. So where do you go, what do you do? But aside from looking young what is more important is feeling young and having vitality. Aging is a natural process, and you can’t forever look 25 but you can age and remain active and feel good. 

Everything you eat becomes a part of your inner and outer fabric of your body. Every cell, organ, bone, etc. is built out of the food you provide for your body. Food provides the building blocks. The healthier the foods are that you eat, the healthier you will be, and it follows that you will feel good and young no matter your age up to a point. I am sure you have heard or known people that have lived to be over 100 years old and that lived fully to the end. 

The reverse is also true. The more junk food or processed foods you eat, the more problems you may see cropping up. Sugar for instance does create less flexible skin and create wrinkles, so does smoking. Not to mention that it will lead to a lack of energy. 
With junk food, you can end up with a complexion that looks sick, with dry or older looking skin. It’s not going to happen overnight but starve your body of good nutrition long enough and it’s going to show.

There’s a science called Epigenetic that deals with the way our gene express themselves which is different than an actual change in our genetic coding. Different chemical reactions within the body will dictate the gene to express a certain feature or part of our body. Food is the biggest contributing factor. Food talks to our cells by a chemical process. Foods have nutrients and nutrients are chemical. These different chemicals connect our cells to the natural world around us so it can make adjustment as needed. This is what causes evolution. Our genes are very dynamic. They grow, learn, and adapt constantly to the environment. In the 1930s a Professor, Fred Hale, conducted an experiment by depriving pigs of vitamin A before conception and the result was that the mother produced a litter without eyeballs.  Later when the mother was re-fed vitamin A, her next litter developed normal eyeballs. Vitamin A is derived from retinoids, which come from plants, which in turn depend on sunlight for its production.  So, the gene interpreted the absence of Vitamin A as a lack of light or an environment without light where eyes would be of no use. So, there’s the connection from the plant to the pig and the message it gave.  So, the better the source of our food, the more undamaged the message when it arrives to our cells, the better our health will be. So, if you eat a steak from an open-range, grass-fed cow, then you are receiving information not only about the health of that cow’s body, but about the health of the grasses from which it ate, and the soil from which those grasses grew.  So, diet change how your genes react.  

And since we’re on the subject of aging gracefully, when a body is fed the best diet possible, and is at its optimum health, when it reproduces, it creates a body that develops in a fashion that is called “Dynamic Symmetry” which by examination was seen to always be beautiful. It doesn’t matter the race, all healthy people are beautiful in looks, form and stature. They are strong, vibrant and we recognize beauty in them.

Aging gracefully include having healthy skin. So what FOODS are good for your skin?

The foremost ingredient to help your skin is WATER:  Most of us do not drink enough water and this fact gets overlooked. We should be drinking ½ our body weight in ounces daily. This is up to a maximum of 100oz a day. Water is needed for many functions of the body to flush and carry things out but too much will over work the kidney and liver.  Many tell me “But I’m not thirsty” that’s just a survival mechanism. The body has to ration the water you do give it when it’s in limited supply. Our bodies are designed to survive in the wild. Modern living in the developed world is a new thing with its abundance of food and water. We have lived thousands of years in rugged and harsh environments where water was not always plentiful. So, when there’s not a lot of water around, the body starts to hold on to the water it has (water retention) and save it for the vital functions like digestion, elimination and it will shut off its supply to parts of the body that need it less (can cause hypertension). In these conditions your sense of thirst goes away. Once you start drinking more, your feeling of thirst comes back. Once your body realizes there’s an abundance of water, it will want more and more of it until it has what it really needs for all the different parts of the body for optimum function. So, drink lots of water as a first easy handling. If you’re really not able to drink without feeling nauseated, try adding a little bit of lemon juice from a fresh lemon in your water, or a pinch of good quality sea salt (not the white one, but the grey or pink one). You may go to the bathroom more often at first but after a while, your body will adjust and you’ll absorb the water better, especially if you add some sea salt to the water. You can also add cucumbers, mint, berries to your water to add some minerals to the water. Let it soak overnight and drink the water the following day. Make a big batch and keep in the refrigerator but it won’t last more than a few days. 

To be continued in next post 


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