Live Longer, Live Better

Common saying is - ‘Life begins at 40’, however general experience is – ‘Life begins to show at 40’!

As we approach or pass this age, we will become more and more aware of health issues. How much is the impact of these issues on quality of life. Sports persons face increasing frequency of injury. It takes longer to recover. With sedentary life, we realize there is reduction of stamina, energy & flexibility, besides ailments such as High BP, High Sugar level, Hypertension, Arthritis etc.

We must understand that feebleness of mind and body are not natural consequences of ageing, but more a result of Lifestyle that we adopt as we age. Nature seems to have one inviolable rule:

‘Use it or lose it!’

To have a long & healthy life, firstly, we need to know what we can do with our lifestyles to offset or even prevent these physical changes – for example, how we exercise, how we eat, what stresses we put ourselves under, and what type of environment we create around us.

Another aspect of lifestyle related ageing is that the body can start to ‘rust’. If we want to slow down the ‘rusting’ of our bodies, we can begin by doing the following:

Reducing the toxic load in our living environment.

Ensuring our diets contain lots of antioxidants to combat these positive ions.

Making sure our circulatory systems operate efficiently so that the antioxidants are effectively delivered to all parts of the body.

In addition to the damage caused by positive ions, our bodies take longer to repair as we age.

We can offset this problem by:reducing the amount of damage that our body has to repair in the first place by reducing stress, because stress has damaging effect on many of body’s system.

Making sure that the body has all the dietary resources that it needs to maintain itself (such as minerals, vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates).

Mentally we are alert, positive and optimistic. Physically our bodies have stamina, good muscle tone, suppleness & flexibility. Both mentally & physically we feel balanced & coordinated. This approach can have real consequences. Focusing on positive aspects of life has much more beneficial effect than focusing on negative aspects.

Saying ‘ I am healthy’ is beneficial than ‘I am not sick’, in the morning. Subconscious mind works with images than words.

If we have a health issue, such as diabetes, the focus should not be on controlling diabetic condition and reducing pain but on becoming supple and flexible with free & easy movement. The focus needs to be shifted from being a focus on disease to a focus on health. We are not aiming to avoid diabetes or reduce the pain of diabetes. We are aiming to feel full energy and vitality.

A series of exercises & approaches to life that will not only keep your mind and body in a healthy condition but, in so far as it is possible, repair any pre-existing damage and minimize the ‘the quality of life impacts’ of any condition that you might have developed or be developing.

to be continued ....

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  • Good introduction.. looking forward to get some positive inputs on exercise & diet thanks NGS Babu

  • Thank you for your encouragement... I will be sharing some interesting study over the period of last 15 years. I hope this will be helpful for the community. Unlike other developed countries, we are not supported by Government for medical assistance. We have to bear the cost and at times it's beyond our means. It's always better to understand our health condition, causes and remedies especially after 40.

    There are always things which we can understand and do for ourselves to take care of the biggest asset given by God... our own life. At times this may sound philosophical and beyond understanding, but that's the truth and we have to accept it someday. There are various causes and remedies for Diabetes. Once we take stock of those we can handle it better.

    Wasim Akram, the international cricketer of Pakistan was diagnosed Diabetic at the age of 28. He went on creating world records, simply by maintaining disciplined life style, exercise, proper and timely intake and he is enjoying happy life thereafter, as visible from his appearance during all cricketing events.

  • i did not understand anything. It is filled with philosophy !

  • You are talking of antioxidants.Pl. enlighten us that which eatables contain these antiooxidants & what quantity need to be consumed daily for optimal results.

    Thanks for ur personal experience.

  • Antioxidants and Good Food Sources which will prevent Cardiovascular condition arising due to diabetes...

    Vitamin C - Citrus fruits and their juices, berries, dark green vegetables (spinach, asparagus, green peppers, brussel sprouts, broccoli, watercress, other greens), red and yellow peppers, tomatoes and tomato juice, pineapple, cantaloupe, mangos, papaya and guava.

    Vitamin E - Vegetable oils such as olive, soybean, corn, cottonseed and safflower, nuts and nut butters, seeds, whole grains, wheat, wheat germ, brown rice, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet potatoes, legumes (beans, lentils, split peas) and dark leafy green vegetables.

    Selenium - Brazil nuts, brewer’s yeast, oatmeal, brown rice, chicken, eggs, dairy products, garlic, molasses, onions, salmon, seafood, tuna, wheat germ, whole grains and most vegetables.

    Beta Carotene - Variety of dark orange, red, yellow and green vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, red and yellow peppers, apricots, cantaloupe and mangos.

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