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Top 5 Ways To Have More Energy After Age 40

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

If you are reading this inside the United States, you are probably aware that popular culture nowadays is a “quick fix” mindset. We want a pill or quick fix to everything, ignoring the deeper problems that cause whatever discomfort or ailment that we might be suffering from. This tendency to just bury problems with fast solutions causes the problems to pile up, and we become ticking time bombs.

As the body ages, cellular processes continually require the recycling of nutrients and energy to operate efficiently. As we age, especially after age 25, our hormonal systems begin to slow. Hormones like testosterone, growth hormone, IGF-1 among others begin to decline. These are responsible for sexual energy and vigor, as well as general well being, motivation, and the feeling of ‘ambition’ especially in men.

You may have noticed as you’ve gotten older that you just don’t have the “zest” for things like you used to, right?

Well, don’t fret. There are a few ways to get everything operating at maximum capacity again.

1.) Begin to exercise if you don’t already

This might seem obvious, but adding some regular exercise into your daily routine can provide tremendous benefits to anyone who is feeling slow and sluggish. Simply getting blood flowing is enough to recycle nutrients and even just wake you up.

2.) Cut out simple sugars and obvious “junk” food – including alcohol

You might be surprised how much of an impact your diet has on the way that you feel. A slight tweak in diet, eliminating simple sugars, and other obvious “junk” foods is a good place to start. Another good technique is to not eliminate bad foods necessarily, but to slowly start to add healthy foods in. The idea is the healthy foods provide additional nutrients that eventually the healthy foods will edge out the bad ones.

3.) Do something you are afraid of

Part of getting older is getting stuck in the monotony of routine, and becoming comfortable with complacency. Don’t get stuck in this trap. You only get one life, and some of the most rewarding things you will ever do are hiding behind a thinly veiled lie of fear. Jump off the cliff and build the plane on the way down, you won’t regret it. The excitement of the change this will manifest will invigorate you.

4.) Try Fasting

Many have heard the spiel – Our ancient ancestors hunted every few days, made a kill, feasted, and then rested for a few days like a bunch of lazy high schoolers. This anecdote has some truth, however. A simple method of intermittent fasting is to simply wait until noon to eat. From there, do not eat past 8 pm. Eating within this 8 hour window will maximize your body’s nutrient partitioning abilities, and ensure you maximize the muscle building capability and minimize the fat storage potential of the foods you eat. It will also tremendously increase your energy throughout the day.

5.) Try adding a DHEA Supplement

Especially after age 25, in men and women, the body’s natural DHEA production slows. DHEA is responsible for the formation of many natural hormones including testosterone. This is important in both men and women, and plays important roles in both sexes. Those who are deficient in DHEA find they immediately notice an increase in energy and well-being when adding it into their daily exercise and nutrition regiment.

Emphysema and Smoking – Give Up Before You Die

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Emphysema is a disease that affects the air sacs of the lungs, the alveolus. Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide occurs in the alveolus. Inhaling toxins such as cigarette smoke will eventually affect the elasticity of the alveolus causing a significant reduction in the exchange of oxygen-dioxide carbon. Our body will then not be able to do normal activities properly, such as walking. The result is a shortness of breath which can be fatal.

If you are smoker and you suffer persistent dry cough with phlegm visit a doctor as you may be in the earlier stages of the illness. It is a good idea to ask for a lung X-ray. During the earlier stages, the treatment is basically healthy living. A typical treatment will consist of stopping smoking to enhance the immune system. The immunity can be also enhanced by using supplements such as Echinacea and Zinc as advised by your natural therapist. Remember that your naturopath or nutritionist is the expert in these, so see them as well as your doctor. In some instances you may need to get flu and pneumonia shots from the doctor to prevent further illnesses. Obviously also have a healthy balanced lifestyle of exercise, rest and good food.

In the mild stages the doctor may advise puffers to open up the airways but as the disease progresses other medications such as diuretics, corticosteroids, leukotriene inhibitors and over-the-counter mucus stimulators may be needed. At this point doctors may suggest a rehabilitation program. The severe stage is where patients need oxygen therapy from a portable container and a nasal tube or even a lung transplant.

A rehabilitation program often consists of aerobic exercise machines such as exercise bikes, stair climbers or treadmills to increase cardiovascular strength as the lungs cannot improve. This makes the circulation more efficient and training is done under medical supervision.

Exercises must be continued to maintain improved function and they are often accompanied by relaxation techniques such as yoga to relieve the anxiety that comes with the inability to breathe. Furthermore, most of the programs incorporate information on how to quit smoking and how to handle impaired breathing which will impact many areas of your life, including your sex life.

Medications for emphysema are effective at suppressing the symptoms, helping to open the airways and ease the cough. The problem is the side effects of this medication which may impact negatively on heart, liver and kidney function.

Natural remedies involve stopping some foods such as bananas, sugar and dairy products as they produce mucus which tend to clog the air passages. Increasing antioxidants with at least three to four servings a day of fruits and 1000mg of fish oil daily reduces inflammation. Often larger amounts of supplements are needed depending on the severity of the illness. Your natural practitioner is the best person to supervise this.

Nevertheless, everybody know that the best way to prevent emphysema or any disease related with smoking is just is to turf the packet of smokes before you even get sick. It’s no longer socially ‘cool’ to smoke; you are just damaging your health and shortening your life. There are also many more illnesses that come from smoking as you will see advertised on cigarette packs. Everyone knows it’s bad for you so why can’t you quit?

There could be many reasons why you are stuck in this destructive practice. Remember the chemicals that are sprayed on tobacco these days and what actually goes into the cigarette is addictive. You need help to give up an addiction. Some researchers point out that smoking is linked with subconscious self-sabotage and even maybe a death wish. So there is a link to stress, anxiety and depression. People that are depressed often smoke more the more depressed they become. Hypnotherapy, NLP, cognitive therapy are just three natural methods to quit smoking. There are some drugs available but remember all those will have side effects. Sometimes as much as the cigarettes themselves. If you seek natural therapy the number of sessions you need will vary from person to person. Once the core reason why you smoke is addressed though you will never go back to smoking again. So go and get help before you develop a life threatening illness.