We are living longer. And we are made of material. As you know, material wears out over time. So how can you feel your best as you grow older?
Watch this short video to learn the strategy of one 89-year-old woman.
She receives consistent chiropractic care to:
Maintain her independence
Do things she enjoys
Reduce her aches and pains
Maintain her mobility
Have better balance
Improve the quality of her life.
In my practice, my 80 and 90 year old patients keep coming back for my gentle care because it makes them feel so much better. I invite you to share this newsletter with your elderly friends and family so they can feel better too. And below are extra tips to multiply their well-being.
This is a brand new updated chart from the Environmental Working Group ewg.org. They are our watchdog for staying safe in a toxic world. If you follow this simple shopping list, they say you can avoid 98% of pesticide exposure. Pesticides are bad for human beings. They cause damage to our cells, disrupt our hormones, and damage our nervous system. EWG recommends never to eat the Dirty Dozen produce. Eat that produce only when organic. Since organic is more expensive you will be delighted to know that the Clean 15 produce does not need to be organic. Next is movement. You have heard the expression, “if you don’t use it, you lose it“. That means your muscles, bones and joints. Find a way to stay active with movement that you like. One study showed that 90 year olds can build muscles as quickly as young people with regular exercise. And when you use your muscles, your bones stay stronger. Spend time with others. We are social beings and need to nourish that part of our life as well. If meeting in person is not possible there are many online options and groups you can belong to in social media. Or simply pick up the phone and call people you know and ask them to call you. One of my patients recently set up a weekly call with a friend to inspire each other to do things that make them happy. That’s an excellent strategy. And of course you need to eat healthy. One of my mentors, Christopher Shade, PhD says that anybody older than 65 needs to eat more protein and carbohydrates. Hopefully, most of your carbohydrates will come from vegetables with a smaller amount of fruit and whole grains if you tolerate them. Water is very important. Your body is 65% or more water when you are healthy. Your joints need water to make good cushions between your bones. Your digestive tract needs water to keep the lining of your gut healthy and able to absorb nutrients. Plus enough water makes healthy and easier bowel movements. And decreases the possibility of kidney stones. One cause of high blood pressure is dehydration. Increasing the amount of water you drink would be a simple way to normalize blood pressure without side effects. If that’s the reason you have high blood pressure. Other liquids can partially substitute for water if you don’t like drinking water. I have recently read that women need more water than men, up to 100 ounces a day. That’s a tall order so you may need to build up to that amount. And don’t worry about going to the bathroom more often. That will keep you more active using your muscles to supplement your exercise needs. And finally, get good sleep. If you’re having trouble take advantage of my 15 minute telephone appointment to figure that out. Sleep is when your body detoxifies and repairs. If your sleep is interrupted or of poor quality, you’re missing out on your natural time of rejuvenation. And here is a Sufi blessing that I wish for you: “ May the long time sun shine upon you. All love surround you. And the pure light within you guide you her way on”. Blessings, Dr. Linda
FUN FACT. Watermelons are actually vegetables! The world's largest watermelon on record weighed over 260 pounds.
Dr. Linda Berry Healing Arts Chiropractic Nutrition Trauma Healing Please note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical care. Always consult with your healthcare provider for advice before you begin taking new supplements. You are responsible for all of the health choices you make.