***ANTI-AGING STRATEGIES Part 1

MAKING A  N.E.W.  S.T.A.R.T. IN LIFE
is what REGENERATIVE MEDICINE is all about.

Inside every older person is a younger person, wondering what the hell happened!

Cora Harvey Armstrong

No matter your age, that eternal quest for total health, strength and beauty never stops. Though our genes, our lifestyle, diet and climate all contribute to aging, some people become healthier and more attractive with aging. Though we can’t prevent aging, we can at least prevent premature aging by looking after ourselves thru living a healthy lifestyle and by not giving in to lethargy about our well-being.
Anti-aging Medicine or Regenerative Medicine are the new wave terms for Preventive Health Care. It is well known in orthodox Western Medicine that most things can be prevented and that few things can be cured. With that in mind, the goal of Preventive Medicine is not only to get the body to an optimum level of wellness and keep it there but also the possibility of cure is much greater.

You can begin now to preserve your health & beauty and extend your life expectancy by taking the first step. You do not have to wait to get old to start on the journey of renewal of your health. Visit your health-care provider for a checkup. Have your vital signs such as weight/height, BMI, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and others checked. Your health-care provider will run tests to assess the level of your health and give you advice to help prevent any possible adverse medical condition. Talk over with your doctor any health issues you might be experiencing so they could be addressed. Ninety per cent of all adult illnesses are facilitated by the degenerative processes of aging. This includes heart disease, most cancers, adult-onset diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease, glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s. Most of these Age-Related Illness & Diseases (ARID) are also hastened by environmental influences and wrong life-style choices. With early detection and appropriate intervention, most of these diseases can be prevented, cured, or have their downward course reversed.

Why Anti-Aging or Regenerative Medicine?
Our World seems to live under a false notion that it’s “Better living through Chemistry”.  Western Medicine depends too much on synthetic chemical interventions, often fraught with disastrous side-effects. We have tremendous resources available, knowledge and research abound, but even in America, one of the world’s leading nations, the people are getting fatter and sicker than ever before. In one year, 910,000 people die from Heart Disease and 555,500 die from cancer. Stroke is the second leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. As life expectancy goes up, so does the number of states of chronic disease. It is sad that we expect to die of disease rather than live well and die of old age. 
 There is a great need for health care that focuses on the underlying causes of illness and disease rather than just treating the symptoms. At COSMOS TOTAL HEALTH we combine a wealth of knowledge from Holistic, Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine coupled with the new Age understanding and application of Quantum Physics to create a new tradition of health care that seeks to improve health from the inside out. The modalities we employ are safe, wholesome and without any catastrophic side-effects. There is no magic pill, but there is much that can be done to get you back into the game of life if you cooperate in the process!

How We Cure Aging?
Controlling inflammation could be one of the keys to a healthy old age. The reduction of inflammatory responses whether due to emotional, mental stresses, viruses, pathogens or food is one of the primary keys to reversing your age.
The aging of human body is also associated with the weakening of the immune system and thus leaving the body susceptible to various germs which were blocked by a stronger immune system. The aging of human body is not only associated with weakening of the immune system but also critically involves the decline in key hormones of the human endocrine system. Hormones stimulate physical growth, coordinate the myriad of functions in every organ, balance the body’s metabolic processes and contribute to a sense of general well-being. The key hormones begin to decline by around the mid to late twenties. At the age of 70, our body produces only a fraction of what was in its prime. But all these can be reversed if you decide to make a new start in holistic living. Begin to climb the ladder of Wholeness we here present.

MAKING A  N.E.W.  S.T.A.R.T. IN LIFE is what REGENERATIVE MEDICINE is all about.
Step One: NUTRITION is the very first step in the Anti-aging process.

Let Food Be Your Medicine.’’ — Hippocrates

Nutrition as the key to good health is the all-embracing fundamental principle used since the time of the famous Greek doctor and founder of Western Medicine, Hippocrates, to help people stay at their personal peak of energy and vitality. Nutrition therapy is a system of healing based on the belief that food, as nature intended, provides the medicine we need to obtain and maintain a state of health: Our food should be our medicine and our medicine our food. This holistic modality combines science (biochemistry and nutrition) with naturopathy (natural, drug-free medicine) in order to return patients to good health. Many conditions can be relieved effectively with nutrition therapy, including chronic fatigue, energy loss, insomnia, depression, backache, skin complaints, asthma, and headaches. Nutrition therapy also is beneficial for those with no specific illness, but who want to maintain a state of optimum health. It is safe for babies and children as well as adults, and the change of eating patterns that is typically prescribed usually has far fewer side effects than synthetic medicines. Watching what you eat and drink is important to slow down the aging process. Eating the wrong foods can damage your health and accelerate the aging process.
Eat Better. Eat more organic, raw foods, juices and super foods. Supplement your diet if necessary. Eliminate too much salt, sugar & white flour products from your diet. Watch also the kind of fat you consume!

Basic concepts of nutrition

Nutrition is about the food you eat and how the body uses it. We eat food to live, to grow, to keep healthy and well, and to get energy for work and play. Food is made up of different nutrients needed for growth and health but note that:

  • All nutrients needed by the body are available through food.
  • Many kinds and combinations of food can lead to a well-balanced diet.
  • No food, by itself, has all the nutrients needed for full growth and health.
  • Each nutrient has specific uses in the body.
  • Most nutrients do their best work in the body when teamed with other nutrients.
  • . All persons, throughout life, have need for the same nutrients, but in varying amounts.
  • The amounts of nutrients needed are influenced by age, sex, size, activity, and the state of health.
  • Suggestions for the kinds and amounts of food needed should be made by appropriately qualified diet specialist.

The Four Basic Nutrients 
Water, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are the basic building blocks of a good diet. By choosing the healthiest forms of each of these nutrients, and eating them in the proper balance, you enable your body to function at its optimal level.

Water 
The human body is two-thirds water. Water is an essential nutrient that is involved in every function of the body.

  • Water helps transport nutrients and waste products in and out of cells.
  • Water is necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory, and excretory functions
  • Water is needed for the utilization of the water-soluble vitamins.
  • It is needed for the maintenance of proper body temperature.

It is recommended that you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. See below for more on Water.

The Micronutrients: Vitamins and Minerals

Like water, carbohydrates, protein, and fats, vitamins and minerals are essential to life. They are therefore considered nutrients, and are often referred to as micronutrients simply because they are needed in relatively small amounts compared with the four basic nutrients
Because vitamins and minerals are so necessary for health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the WHO has formulated recommended consumption levels for vitamins and minerals called recommended daily allowances (RDAs). But these allowances do not account for the amount needed to maintain maximum health rather than borderline health, only the amount needed to prevent deficiency diseases. Therefore, the average adult who is not suffering from any specific disorder should obtain more than the RDAs of vitamins and minerals from food sources and/or from supplements. Consult appropriate guidelines to determine your intake of vitamin, mineral supplements, and other supplements for healthy living. Although the amounts listed are safe, they should be varied according to size and weight. People who are active and exercise; those who are under great stress, on restricted diets, or mentally or physically ill; women who take oral contraceptives; those on medication; those who are recovering from surgery; and smokers and those who consume alcoholic beverages all need higher than normal amounts of nutrients. Let your health care practitioner help you determine your nutritional status. In addition to a proper diet, exercise and a positive attitude are two important elements that are needed to prevent sickness and disease. If your lifestyle includes each of these, you will feel good and have more energy and live longer, something we all deserve.

WHAT NOT TO EAT?

Food can be therapeutic in several ways. It provides nutrient that is needed by a sick person in a form he or she can use. It also provides nutrients for persons who are deficient in them. Sometimes food also supplies an agent or chemical that aids in the metabolism of other nutrients. Food such as buttermilk can help stabilize the fungus/bacteria balance in the mouth or natural probiotics enliven our digestive flora. Such foods act by changing the ecology within the human body
Many people are allergic to some foods such as chocolate, lactose etc. Similarly some people get constipation from excessive high intake of fiber. Diabetes patients, especially Type 2 diabetes, need to watch out what they eat especially food containing sugar. People with heart disease need to control the intake of foods containing high amount of fat and cholesterol. These are all common sense diet therapies.

Diet and Cancer

A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute has concluded that as much as 90 percent of all cancer in humans have been attributed to environmental factors, including diet. Dietary modification would have the greatest effect on the incidence of the cancers of the stomach and large bowel and, to a lesser extent, on the cancers of the breast and lung. It may not be possible to specify a diet that will guarantee that cancer can be completely eliminated, as there are other factors involved, certain diet modifications would generally help. Some of these guidelines are:

  1. Reduce the consumption of both saturated and unsaturated fats to 30 percent of total calories. Fat has been linked to a number of cancers. Fat may especially be a causal factor for breast and colon cancer.
  2. Include fruits, vegetables, and whole grain cereal products in the daily diet. Foods rich in Vitamin C and beta carotene are especially recommended. Foods such as apricots, peaches, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, citrus fruits, and broccoli, spinach, kale, escarole, Romaine lettuce, parsley, peppers, cabbage, white and sweet potatoes, acorn and butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, and carrots fit that bill. Consumption of such vegetables of the mustard family as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts has been linked to a reduced incidence of gastric and colon and rectal cancer.
  3. Keep the consumption of food preserved by salt curing, salt pickling, and smoking to a minimum. It has been found that in countries such as China, Japan, and Iceland where such foods are consumed, there is a higher incidence of the cancer of the esophagus and the stomach. Cut back on sausages, smoked fish and ham, bacon and hot dogs.
  4. Alcoholic beverages should be consumed only on moderation. Heavy drinking, especially in combination with cigarette smoking, has been associated with an increased risk of cancer of the upper gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, as well as other adverse health effects.

Many people also believe that dietary protein is also linked to cancer. Many experts believe that we consume too much protein. The advise is to use moderate amount of any food and as far as practical, consume a balanced diet rather than eating just one kind of food (for example red meat.)

MAKING A  N.E.W.  S.T.A.R.T. IN LIFE is what REGENERATIVE
MEDICINE is all about.

Step Two: EXERCISE REGULARLY makes you healthier & live longer.

Exercise regularly is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems. Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level. The key is to find the right exercise you enjoy doing. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you’ve been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.

live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems. Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level. The key is to find the right exercise you enjoy doing. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you’ve been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.

MAKING A  N.E.W.  S.T.A.R.T. IN LIFE is what REGENERATIVE
MEDICINE is all about.

 

Step Three: Water is Life.

Water is essential for life. Every living creature needs clean and safe drinking water. How much water do you need? It all depends on your size, the level of daily activity and the weather you live and work. The water you drink is a combination of surface water and groundwater. Surface water includes rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Groundwater comes from underground. Drinking water quality can vary from place to place. It depends on the condition of the source water and the treatment it receives. Treatment may include adding fluoride to prevent cavities and chlorine to kill germs.

Why You Need to Drink Water?

Drinking water is so important for good health. When you were a kid in school, you learned that each molecule of water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. What you may not have learned, however, was how much water you needed in order to be a healthy human being. Your body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs.

Signs of Dehydration

You lose water through urination, respiration, and by sweating. If you are very active, you lose more water than if you are sedentary. Diuretics such as caffeine, water-pills and alcohol result in the need to drink more water because they trick your body into thinking you have more water than you need.
Symptoms of mild dehydration include chronic pains in joints and muscles, lower back pain, headaches and constipation. A strong odor to your urine, along with a yellow or amber color indicates that you may not be getting enough water. Note that riboflavin, a B vitamin, will make your urine bright yellow. Thirst is an obvious sign of dehydration and in fact, you need water long before you feel thirsty.

How Much Water do You Need to Drink?

A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. If you exercise you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active. If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water. When you are traveling on an airplane, it is good to drink eight ounces of water for every hour you are on board the plane. If you live in an arid climate, you should add another two servings per day. As you can see, your daily need for water can add up to quite a lot.
Twenty percent of your water need will come from the foods you eat. The rest of your water need should come from the beverages you drink. Water is the best choice. Sodas have a lot of sugar in them, so if you drink sodas, you may take in more calories than you need. Herbal teas that aren’t diuretic are fine. Sports drinks contain electrolytes and may be beneficial, just look out for added sugar and calories that you don’t need. Juices are good because they have vitamins and nutrients.
Caffeinated beverages will also add to your daily water need. Even though caffeine is a diuretic, if you regularly consume caffeine, your body will regulate itself to that diuretic effect.

Drink Enough Water
It may be difficult to drink enough water on a busy day. Be sure you have water handy at all times by keeping a bottle for water with you when you are working, traveling, or exercising. If you get bored with plain water, add a bit of lemon or lime for a touch of flavor. There are some brands of flavored water available, but watch for extra calories.

MAKING A  N.E.W.  S.T.A.R.T. IN LIFE is what REGENERATIVE
MEDICINE is all about.

Step Four: Sunshine Heals and Makes You feel Good!!!.

Sunshine gives light and life. The sun was once used as a general tonic to heal almost everything and man has run naked on this planet under the sun for centuries. The sun provides the basis for all life on earth. The sun is the source of energy for all plants, and indirectly, for all animals. If the sun causes cancer, man wouldn’t be here today. 
The incredible healing powers of sunshine have been known for centuries. Cultures around the world have revered and worshipped the therapeutic qualities of the sun, probably long before even the written word. The earliest writings from the Pharaohs of Egypt, from Greek, Roman, and Arabic physicians, and countless other wise and ancient scholars wrote stories and descriptions of the healing powers of ‘sun therapies’. Records, thousands of years old, reveal how the sun was used to strengthen a person’s health and treat a variety of illnesses and conditions. Conditions that are still concerns today, like: 
    * Maintaining a strong heart 
    * Retaining strong muscles and an ideal weight 
    * Treatment for asthma, digestive diseases, and even back pain  

Naturopaths know that the ideal way to get vitamin D is by exposing your skin to appropriate sunlight. Not many of us are regularly out in the sun. Sun exposure (without sunscreen) of about 10 to 15 minutes a day, with at least 40 percent of your skin exposed, is a general guide of how much you need, although people with dark skin will need to stay out significantly longer. Some of us struggle with seasonal vitamin D-deficiency winters in which we may not be able to get enough sun exposure during certain parts of the year. It is important to understand that in the summertime, when you put on your bathing suit and sunbathe for 30 minutes, your body produces about 20,000 IUs of vitamin D — as much as exists in 200 glasses of milk, or the equivalent of about 50 typical multivitamins! The RDA for Vitamin D is 400 IU and it improves the absorption and utilization of Calcium and Phosphorus required for bone formation. Most importantly the vitamin helps maintain a stable nervous system and normal heart action.


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