andropause

Advantages of Exercise for Anti-Aging

Bodywork keeps you fit... fitness makes you look and feel far more youthful

•    Advantages of regular exercise for anti-aging:

  • Exercise boosts circulation and oxygen use for energy.

  • Exercise reduces the risk for heart attacks and cancer.

  • Exercise fans the metabolic fires for weight control.

  • Exercise reduces stress and tension, and relaxes you.

  • Exercise stimulates hormone production.

  • Exercise contributes to strength; Inactivity to fatigue.

  • Weight bearing exercises trigger bone remineralization.

  • Exercise helps agility and joint mobility.

  • Exercise lowers insulin levels and promotes regular elimination.

  • Exercise releases heavy metals, especially cadmium, lead and nickel, pesticides and other toxic material through increased perspiration.

  • Regular exercise helps manage glaucoma by reducing intraocular pressure.

  • Regular exercise boosts immunity, especially as you age. Research shows 73-year old women who are fit have immune response comparable to women half their age!

Deep breathing is a powerful way to decrease stress and slow the aging process. Deep diaphragm breathing lowers anxiety, relaxes and loosens muscles, and generates an inner feeling of peace and calm. Diaphragm breathing strengthens heart and lungs, AND encourages more restful sleep.

  • Inhale deeply through your nose. Try to fill your lungs.

  • Exhale slowly through your mouth.

  • Breathe deeply for 30 seconds to calm and center during anxious moments. Breathing deeply for just one minute prevents the short breaths which negatively affect the blood’s oxygen-carbon dioxide balance.

  • Breathe deeply to fill the lower part of your lungs. Notice the pop-pop feeling in your chest as unused lung pockets open up. Slowly exhale; your abdomen tightens.

  • As you breathe in, think of oxygen reaching and recharging all the cells of your body. As you exhale, imagine all the stress and tension leaving your body.

And finally… limit your use of microwaves. Microwaving foods, kills enzymes, an important tool for healing, detoxification, glandular functioning and estrogen metabolism.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Therapies for Andropause

Eight in ten family physicians today recognize male andropause as a real change of life for men comparable to female menopause. Symptoms to watch for include: low energy; slowing facial or head hair growth; less muscle mass; lost height or early osteoporosis; enlarged prostate; depression; less strong or less frequent erections; lower than normal sex drive.

Diet for Ageless Male Vitality

1. Reduce fried foods, red meats and fatty dairy foods: they’re full of disrupting hormones linked to cancer; reduce caffeine and sugar — all of which deplete the adrenals and drain male energy. 2. Don’t go too far: An extremely low fat diet is disastrous for andropausal health. Penn State University studies find it may reduce testosterone levels… almost to preadolescent levels—definitely bad news for an older man! Include healthy fats from seafood and fish, and lean meats such as hormone-free turkey and chicken regularly. Consider flax seed or perilla oil as a healthy oil to use in salad dressings. (Use about 1 tbsp.) 3. Use your diet to prevent prostate cancer: Include cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower regularly. In one study, men who ate the most cruciferous veggies lowered their prostate cancer risk by 39%. The determining factor may be high 13C (indole 3 carbinol) in cruciferous veggies which helps detoxify carcinogens in the body. Diets high in lycopene, a carotenoid high in tomatoes, cut prostate cancer risk by 40%, so include tomatoes and tomato-based products often (cooking boosts the carotene). 4. Boost your zinc intake to renew sexual potency: Zinc, highly concentrated in semen, is the most important nutrient for male sexual function. Eat zinc-rich foods like liver, oysters, nutritional yeast, nuts and seeds regularly. Add zinc-rich spirulina to your superfood list. 5. Check your alcohol intake: Heavy drinking can lead to prostate problems and impaired erections. DHT elevation (di-hydro-testosterone - a rogue type of testosterone), linked to normal testosterone decline and elevation of female hormones, is definitely undesirable for men. 6. Take care of your prostate: Research documented in the Quarterly Review of Natural Medicine finds saw palmetto reduces the symptoms of BPH by blocking DHT (di-hydro-testosterone), and inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase related to prostate enlargement. Consider Healthy Prostate7. Revitalize your sexual virility: Try the herb tribulus terrestris or Epimedium (horny goat weed). An Ayurvedic herb, tribulus has been used since ancient times as a treatment for increasing libido and impotence in men. As an alternative, Male Performance caps have a long history of success for strengthening the male system. 8. Regular exercise is a vital component of male health: It makes the body stronger, function more efficiently and have greater stamina. In one study, 78 healthy, but sedentary men were studied during nine months of regular exercise. The men exercised for 60 minutes a day, three days a week. Every man in the study reported significantly enhanced sexuality, including increased frequency, performance and satisfaction. Rising sexuality was even correlated with the degree of fitness improvement. The more physical fitness the men were able to attain, the better their sex life!

To Life-long health,

Linda Page