I’ll often get asked by my aging friends, family or even acquaintances who are 40+ or 50+ in years, for some “simple” things they can do to improve their health. This is almost a trick question because I can tell looking at most of these people that their health is not in great shape, which means there is nothing simple about improving it.
Even if someone is dealing with only a moderately severe health issue, realizing improvement in energy, mental stamina and overall health takes determination, patience and commitment.
But it also has to start by acknowledging a couple of fundamental principles. Here they are:
1) STOP IGNORING YOUR AGE AND CORRESPONDING SIGNS OF POOR HEALTH.
40 or so is about the point in the aging process when our health often starts to show signs of the mistreatment we have inflicted upon it for 30+ years. We start to notice frequent colds, flu, sinus infection, cough, fatigue, increasing memory issues, and lack of stamina. Add on top of that a high-stress job, and years of a diet high in sugar, gluten, excessive alcohol and coffee, throw in foods loaded with chemicals (processed food), and voila! You have a growing demographic of ‘Type A’ go-getters who are plagued with chronic illness and refuse to acknowledge it.
It’s easy to ignore this stuff. After all, every 40 year old on the planet still feels 25 and invincible.
When illness is chronic (a symptom or condition that is recurring over months or years), it is a sign that the immune system is struggling to keep up, our detoxification pathways are slowing down, and vital nutrients become depleted. We start to pack on weight, notice frequent blood sugar imbalances, have less energy, possibly develop borderline hypertension and/or diabetes, and just can’t seem to deal with the same level of stress that we could handle 10 years earlier. Our overall health is not in good shape and is letting us know it…..except most people ignore the signs. I know from first-hand experience, the perils of ignoring this stuff is you are putting yourself at greater risk of more serious health issues and shortening your life span.
2) STOP POOR EATING HABITS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO DETERIORATING HEALTH.
Around the age of 40, our internal chemistry begins to change. The human body is designed to do this, it’s part of the aging process.
The body produces fewer enzymes for digestion, hormone levels start to decrease, many notice a slight decrease in memory, our internal organs start to slow down ever so slightly and so does our metabolism. If you haven’t changed what you’re eating at this point, it’s time to start now.
We can offset the aging process (i.e. slow it down) and minimize the symptoms of chronic illness by providing our 40 or 50+-year-old body with the proper fuel, or nutrients, and exercise it requires. The “proper” diet will vary from person-to-person, but nearly everyone by this age needs to eliminate the big offenders which are sugar, gluten, and processed foods.
Get Your Head Out of the Sand
A major key here is you need to get your head out of the sand and realize that, in fact, you aren’t really 25 any longer. You can probably give many examples throughout your life when you have had to take charge. Well, this is one of them.
All the little health things you’re faced with aren’t going to disappear as easily as they did when you were younger. You’ll need to take responsibility for your health and be actively involved with your healthcare providers. Ask questions when they recommend testing or medications. Inquire about alternatives. Read up on dietary changes that may help. Study food labels. Become your own health advocate.
Realizing I had reached middle age hit me pretty hard. But it was immediately followed by another epiphany – I LIKE who I am now! My years on this planet have given me maturity, wisdom and overall more depth as a human being. There is much to celebrate if you really think about it.
Now it’s time to figure out what you need to do to stay healthy and live a vibrant, active looonnng life.
Wishing you health and happiness!
Note: This information is provided as a resource and for educational purposes only. These recommendations are not intended as a substitute for consulting a physician or licensed healthcare practitioner. Individuals dealing with a serious or chronic health issue should consult with your doctor before beginning an nutritional program, taking supplements, discontinuing medications or eliminating foods from your daily diet. This information is not intended to replace medical advice from your doctor or to diagnose any health condition.