"Whether you're concerned about weight gain, sex drive or chronic diseases, the key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle. Eating a variety of healthy foods, practicing portion control and including physical activity in your daily routine can go a long way toward promoting healthy aging. Better yet, it's never too late to make healthier lifestyle choices."
~ Mayo Clinic
My parents shared the same birthday (though dad was two years older) - I know…very cool, huh? But, other than that they both shared the Virgo trait of “if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right”, they were VERY different especially when it came to aging.
With a genetic tendency for heart disease, my dad’s history of alcoholism, smoking, lack of exercise, stress, and dietary excesses resulted in him retiring at age 55 due to health reasons. He continued to struggle with high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, emphysema, psoriasis, and Ichthyosis vulgaris (fish skin disease) until his death at age 78. I remember that there were lots of prescription drugs, pain, and suffering involved during these years.
My mom, however, despite a genetic tendency for cancer and heart disease, having a history of tuberculosis in her youth, and a lifelong challenge with adrenal fatigue, is still doing well at age 94. She lives on her own, is able to manage her own food and personal hygiene, has a sharp mind, and a generally good quality life. She does have arthritis, osteoporosis, and occasional gastrointestinal challenges, but doesn’t take any drugs to manage them. She eats a very healthy diet (although she does enjoy her “treats” in moderation), takes excellent quality supplements, and has gotten regular bodywork for the past 25 years – she’s my best client!
"Degenerative diseases of aging are not genetic but acquired. Because the systems of the human body are interconnected, and because one imbalance creates another imbalance, poor eating and lifestyle habits, not genetics, are the major cause of degenerative disease."
~ Diana Schwarzbein, M.D.
So many people claim that "it runs in my family", but while genetic “tendencies” may play a small role in our total health picture, we now know that positive thinking, diet, and lifestyle choices are the key factors. I share the brief pictures of my parents health histories as examples of what I observed as the two paths shown in the above graphic - the road to illness and the road to health.
In our youth, we can get away with less-than-healthy choices for a long time. But as we age, we experience "toxic load", which is the culmination of the total toxic burden that we have asked our bodies to bear. As a result we find ourselves dealing with pain, inflammation, fatigue, chronic illness and disease.
The body has an impressive ability to heal, however, when given the correct healing environment. A great way to begin is by creating new habits with a guided nutritional cleanse program.
"Aging can be a wonderful blessing; plan on healthy aging by being proactive and preventative. When you are the only benefactor, a healthy lifestyle is the best life insurance policy that you can ever contribute to. Isn't it time to start contributing now?"
~ Dr. Eldon Dahl
Whether you are new to cleansing or an old pro and just want to tune-up your diet, the Nutritional E-Cleanse Program is a gentle, easy, effective, and pleasurable way to cleanse the body from the inside out and transition to a more healthy way of eating for the rest of your life.
This 23 day on-line program will guide you, step by step, to reduce and then eliminate the foods that rob you of your health, and replace them with lots of delicious, nutritious, whole foods that will satisfy you completely while helping your body to remove toxins, rejuvenate, and heal.
I invite you to give your health a boost and join me for the next Nutritional E-Cleanse Program and 23 days to a healthier you!
Happy, Healthy Living!
JoAnn Newton is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and Master Massage Therapist with a private practice in Graton, CA.
Passionate about helping people transform their health through holistic nutrition, she facilitates the 23 day online Nutritional E-Cleanse Program seasonally with coaching, compassion, and humor.