Nikki Ostrower (Nutritionist)
Aging: Living a Long, Happy & Healthy Life
We all want to live a long, happy, healthy life. But the question is: Are you currently leading a lifestyle that promotes that goal?
Aging is a beautiful and spiritual journey. We acquire more and more wisdom and ideally, greater satisfaction with greater life experience. Yet as the body and mind age, they also decline (especially if they aren’t continuously challenged!).
While the process of aging is natural, it is unfortunately progressing earlier and faster for many people due to chronic stress, inflammation, environmental factors, and triggered genetic expression.
The body also naturally loses stem cells, peptides, antioxidants, and even hormones later with age. Although the body adjusts and becomes accustomed to this so you can still function, you end up feeling tired, stressed out, struggling to sleep, and may also be dealing with memory issues, excess weight, skin that is uncomfortable, dry, and wrinkled, and a lot more.
Fear not! There are many tools that have been incredibly supportive to combat those symptoms of aging and help your body feel its best at any age!
First, we can’t overlook our foundations and how much our daily habits in these 5 areas affect every aspect of our health: Sleep, Hydration, Whole Foods, Movement, Stress Management.
Intermittent Fasting has been shown to tremendously help “reverse the clock” with aging and illness, supporting the body by simply eating within a particular window of time by day. The quality of food you eat in that window very much matters too.
Above and beyond making sure you are doing your best each day to develop healthy consistent habits for your foundations, the body may also need more support from outside resources.
Example: in Menopause, women’s progesterone levels naturally decline. The body becomes more dependent on the adrenal glands for some progesterone production, but stress can block that utilization if you are chronically prioritizing fight or flight. Progesterone is the calming hormone, so you can imagine how that an make women feel if their body isn’t adequately producing/utilizing progesterone!
Men are also affected by the natural process of aging both naturally and sometimes, earlier than is healthy. Testosterone levels in particular are declining, even in men in their 30s! Testosterone impacts your energy levels, vitality, and whether your libido is still going strong as you age.
There’s no need to despair! There are wonderful adjustments that can be made for men and women to support optimal hormone levels, stem cells, peptides, antioxidants and more.
The best way to support your body as you age is through Functional Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Both can make a world of difference so you enjoy each and every decade of your life!
If you are feeling suboptimal, you’re not at the mercy of aging and your genes. Don’t give up on your body and mind!! We want to help you experience great health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Contact us to learn more. We are always here to support you.