7 Smart Strategies to the Reduce the Risk of Accelerated Aging in Men
There are emotional and spiritual benefits to aging for men.
If a man possesses an inner-commitment to personal growth, then growing older will often only increase his happiness and sense of purpose.
Accelerated aging, however, is a process of change in which inefficiency of the body’s processes occurs at an unnecessarily high speed.
Here are seven smart strategies than can help a man to lengthen his health span and lifespan – and reduce the risk of growing older faster than he needs to.
- Find a Medical Specialist that Has a Preventive Mindset
A medical office today will draw blood – for the standard panel tests during a patient’s yearly physical – and the doctor will then say, “When the labs come back, I’ll call you if there’s a problem; otherwise, just assume that everything’s okay.”
It’s as if they’re saying, “Unless you have a disease or abnormal lab results, we don’t need to spend any more time together.”
Medical doctors are often doing the best they can in a system that has become bureaucratic and challenging.
But what if a patient sees the doctor in order to become even healthier?
Does this even fit into the “I’ll call you if there’s a problem” paradigm?
What adds to the peculiarity of this dynamic is that “abnormal” is open to interpretation.
Often the normal range that is listed on the lab results is based on the average modern citizen.
If you happen to live in America right now, what is considered normal health – and I don’t enjoy saying this – is pretty bleak.
In that context, to be within “normal” ranges is not necessarily so great.
Perhaps more than just any one particular lifestyle habit, healthy living is really a holistic mindset in which the overall attitude is to honor one’s body and psyche by living within a full circle of wellness.
The underlying assumption is that there is always more to learn and that the mind needs to be open to new solutions.
What if the best year of your life hasn’t happened yet?
4 Key Points about the Longevity Lifestyle
- Inflammation accelerates aging
- 80% of improved health is nutrition, 20% is exercise
- An anti-inflammatory diet is more about what you DON’T eat
- Joy is a worthwhile endeavor
Though many people don’t like to visualize themselves aging, those over the age of 50 who are brave enough to consciously imagine their lives decades into the future – and adopt new habits now – are often the ones who end up living the most passionate, fulfilling lives as they get older.
You can utilize new awareness into creating a life map – a map that will help you to navigate this next phase of your life, so that your journey is joyful, and rich with meaning and purpose.
- Eat Less Acidic Foods
There are way too many acidic foods in the standard modern diet.
According to Dr. Ben Kim, your blood must maintain a pH of 7.35 to 7.45 for your cells to function properly.
Being overly alkaline for long periods is not good for humans either, but many today who live in first-world countries are overly acidic.
“When people encourage you to alkalize your blood, most of them mean that you should eat plenty of foods that have an alkaline-forming effect on your system. The reason for making this suggestion is that the vast majority of highly processed foods – like white flour products and white sugar – have an acid-forming effect on your system, and if you spend years eating a poor diet that is mainly acid-forming, you will overwork some of the buffering systems [in your body] to a point where you could create undesirable changes in your health.” – Dr. Ben Kim
Not everyone needs to eat less acidic foods, but for many of us it would be beneficial. Popular foods that are acidic include:
- Wheat Flour products
- Peanuts and Peanut Butter
- Canned Fruits
- Eat More Alkaline Foods
My favorite kinds of smoothies are green smoothies because they are strengthening, restorative, and alkaline-producing.
With all the acidic foods in the standard modern diet, it’s important to counter with the alkaline-based foods found in the anti-inflammatory diet.
Alkalinizing vegetables reduce aging. Try making a more alkaline smoothie to help get the balance right and to see how your own body feels after you drink it. Green smoothie ingredients that are alkaline include:
- Pumpkin seeds
Green vegetables contain complex carbohydrates that typically digest more slowly, which means they can sustain your energy levels for hours.
Simple carbohydrates are absorbed much faster and are also known as simple sugar. These are things like bread, pasta, candy, or sodas – plus the naturally occurring simple sugars in fruit.
Simple carbohydrates often give you a rush of energy followed by an energy-crash. Habitual, excess blood sugar creates glycation – one of the top culprits of accelerated aging.
Not everyone needs to eat more foods that have an alkalinizing effect – but for many of us, it would be beneficial.
During the first couple of weeks as you seek to introduce more complex carbohydrates into your smoothie recipe, I recommend two vegetables in particular – they’re good “entry” vegetables for beginners:
Some experts believe that nutritional upgrades are even more important than exercise, stress reduction, and sleep quality (because when nutrition improves, it seems – somehow – to make it much easier to solve the other three).
- Be Brutally Honest with Yourself about Excess Body Fat
I’m not into fat shaming. All types of bodies are beautiful and diversity is what makes life interesting. In fact, I think humans look attractive with excess weight. However, if we are having an honest conversation about what is optimally healthy, excess fat is not.
Carrying excess body fat has become the new norm in our culture, and is now a medical epidemic. Could plant extracts be the answer?”
Fat cells are connective tissue within the human body designated specifically to store energy.
Having a certain percentage of the human body comprised of fat can be helpful. Having an excess of body fat can be detrimental to one’s overall well-being.
There is a denial in our society about body fat.
Our current cultural denial about body fat can be traced to a shift in norms.
What we, as a society, begin to see as normal still does not shift the negative impact that surplus fat cells have on our bodies. In other words, if a person is 15 pounds into the overweight-zone, they may look perfectly acceptable from a cosmetic standpoint. However, overweight is a medical term, not simply a cosmetic one.
Peculiarly, the more pressure we put on ourselves as a culture to be thin, the fatter we collectively become.
There has also been a rise of fat-shaming in our culture – a pressure that seems to have less to do with compassion and health than appearance.
Perhaps the solution is to stop trying to be thin for cosmetic reasons, and start trying to get lean to avoid unnecessary aging.
The fact is that many medical disorders can be traced to surplus body fat. An excess of body fat increases the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Simply put: overweight people do not live as long.
We accumulate excess body fat for two reasons:
- Fat cells become bloated from excess calories
- Fat cells become dysfunctional, impairing the burning of fatty acids for energy
Until recently, we’ve remained unaware of a direct solution for targeting the mechanisms responsible for these for these bloated and dysfunctional fat cells.
Exercise alone doesn’t have a large impact on fat tissue, but does decrease it somewhat. Physical activity plus eating a healthy, mostly plant-based diet is the key to preventing weight gain, according to the American Institute of Cancer Research expert report.” — Dr. Anne McTiernan
A recent survey suggests that approximately:
- 30% of overweight Americans believe they are within normal range
- 70% of obese Americans believe they are simply in the overweight range.
There are those who believe that the medical community has really dropped the ball on this issue. In fact, some go so far as to claim that doctors who do not take aggressive action to reduce overweight patients’ fat mass are committing malpractice.
However, simply telling patients to diet and exercise might not prove effective.
One Basic Rule of Thumb
Consume only the calories you burn, yes, but also make certain those calories are anti-inflammatory.
Aging expert Dr. Terry Wahls explains, “correcting your lifestyle now can do more than just arrest disease progression, it may even reverse it.”
- Venture Out Again to Your Local Farmers Market
Why would you want to eat a cucumber that was picked five weeks ago in another country, when you could eat one that was picked yesterday afternoon a few miles away?
To help you in your new goal of trying to eat more real food and less processed foods, you will likely find it helpful to rediscover your local farmers market.
A visit to your local farmers market can be an important part of your new, healthier lifestyle as it’s an efficient way to stock up on fresh, raw, high-quality produce for the entire week.
Farmers Markets continue to increase in popularity (people are catching on that locally grown is better for your health). There’s a positive community-vibe at your neighborhood Farmers Market that is unquestionably enjoyable and can motivate you to stay on track with your health goals.
Should you be fitting in a weekly visit to your local farmers market, into your already-busy schedule? Is it really worth it? The only way to know is to revisit your local farmers market.
The first time you visit your local farmers market, you might notice:
- How reasonable many of the prices are for organic, locally grown produce
- How friendly the farmers are to the shoppers
- How relaxed the environment is – often there is live music playing in the background as you browse and shop, plus plenty of fresh air and room to stroll around in.
- Here’s the deal: if you’re serious about improving your health – and really, what’s more important? – then you need to find solutions for getting more fresh vegetables into your daily diet. Period. End of story.
I can understand why people are just tempted to eat take-out burritos and pizzas during the week. Healthy takes some work, okay? But it’s do-able, and it’s worth it.”
The better the quality of vegetables you can obtain for your kitchen, the more of a positive impact it will have on your own health.
A regular grocery store is still fine if a farmers market is not practical for you, but it might be worth it to at least research which farmers markets are now available to you and when they occur.
Preparation is a Key to Slow the Aging Process
As I often point out, it has been proven relentlessly that the way to make new habits “permanently stick” is to prepare internally first.
Before you can pick up a new healthier habit, you might need to create a time budget to see how you can make it work, and in what ways you might be tempted to get in your own way! You must ask: “if I were going to screw this up, how would I do it?”
Knowing beforehand where, when, and how you’ll be tempted to drop the good habit will help you stay in the game. And so it is with your weekly farmers market: it’s a really good idea to have a plan.
I’m not going to lie to you: fresh food takes more effort (it’s not as easy as fast food).
What You Can Take Home from Your Local Farmers Market
The more you and your neighbors spend at your local businesses the more your local economy will thrive.
You’re going to spend the money anyway, so why not spend locally? When your community thrives, so do you.
- Balance Your Body’s Endocrine System
If you’re a man in – or approaching – middle age, you may already know how challenging it can be to stay fit.
What you may not know, is that part of your challenge could be a matter of testosterone levels.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control reveal clearly that after age 45 there is a dramatic increase in disease outcomes.
This means that between the ages of 45 and 50, many people will either have encountered an unexpected and significant health challenge themselves, or, that they will know someone close to them who has.
For men over the age of 50, it’s important to recognize the correlation between testosterone and belly fat.
What this ultimately means is, that if you’re reading this and you happen to be under age 45, now is the time to get a jump on your self-care and health protocols.
If you’re reading this and you happen to be over the age of 50, this is even more true for you.
Aging successfully doesn’t happen by accident. A healthy diet, regular exercise, discipline and determination all play a part in being fit after 50. But another important part of maintaining optimal health is knowledge.
For Men in Particular
The better we understand our own bodies and the human process of growing older, the more prepared we are to address issues as they arise. One common struggle for fellows after age 50 is excessive weight gain.
Some nutritionists suggest that your metabolism slows by 10% each decade. That means by age 40, you could be fatter than you were at age 20. This can open Pandora’s Box to a variety of other problems as the years pass.
Low testosterone can foster unhealthy weight gain which can in turn further decrease testosterone levels in our bodies.
But take heart. A human can stay lean after 50. He can even keep a tight midsection. It’s all about making periodic lifestyle improvements.
The right diet and exercise are the intuitive solution to the problems associated with aging, muscle loss and fat gain. However, diet and exercise don’t always directly address the intrinsic metabolic changes that come with growing older.
Reduce Aging Speed:
Men simply produce less testosterone as they age.
Many experts believe that the higher the testosterone levels in a body, the more muscle mass that body will have, while also having less fat.
Though low testosterone and obesity do not have a simple cause-and-effect relationship, low testosterone can foster unhealthy weight gain which can then further decrease testosterone levels in our bodies.
This cycle can lead to some serious health problems like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Maintaining healthy testosterone levels can help our bodies effectively regulate glucose levels, insulin sensitivity, and fat-to-muscle ratios. In some cases, natural bio-identical hormone therapies can help:
Please be aware that there is a difference in the synthetic testosterone manufactured by pharmaceutical companies, and the bioavailable testosterone that is compounded naturally.
When you ask your doctor or naturopath about the statistics and research for testosterone, be certain you know which type of product is being discussed (misunderstandings are common).
While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is appropriate in some cases, it makes more sense to also improve lifestyle habits around nutrition and exercise.
What you might find extremely helpful, is to create an effective new life plan to help you age successfully and to live an increasingly fascinating life.
Keep an eye on your hormone levels. Get your blood work done with a hormone replacement specialist, and ask the doctor to talk with you about how to best restore and maintain optimum, healthy hormone balance.
- Train Your Mind to See Solutions
Aging – can be a positive thing.
If you are 40 or over: the time is now to begin your self-care protocols so that you increase your chances of living a robust, zestful, and fulfilling life.
You can train your mind to see solutions.
Having an increased ability to see solutions will improve your health because creative solutions are often what is needed in order to install new lifestyle choices within our typical week.
There are two sobering statistics that I believe are important for you to know:
- There are scientists who now expect and predict cancer rates to rise 75% by the year 2030 — and other researchers are asserting that 1-in-every-3 people will, at some point in their lives, have cancer.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading causes of death starting at age 45 are malignant tumors and heart disease.
So, how can we avoid becoming one of those statistics?
Particular lifestyle habits have been proven to offset these disease outcomes.
The way out of a negative feeling, is a positive thought followed by action.
As we get older especially, it’s important to keep making gradual improvements to our daily diet. Eating hacks help us accomplish this.
If an anti-inflammatory diet can help our bodies to operate more efficiently, we then also create the opportunity for higher life quality (and even an extended lifespan).
You might be able to get away with consuming energy drinks and corn chips when you’re 23, but as the years pass it’s best to give your body the nutritious foods it requires in order to repair damaged cells.
One aspect of the anti-inflammatory lifestyle is that what works for one person is different than what works for another, and so the bigger point is: to stay on the journey – to keep fine-tuning our self-care until consistently excellent health is achieved.
Ask your medical doctor if an anti-inflammatory lifestyle might be a beneficial choice for you and your family.
My mission in life is to inspire others to discover the joys and vibrancy of optimized health just for its own sake. And what I know for sure is that focusing on the negative tends to increase the likelihood of negative outcomes.
So today, I’m extending to you this invitation:
Any time you feel tempted to worry about anything today, I would like for you to immediately believe that there is a solution to that challenge.
The way out of a negative feeling, is a positive thought followed by action.
No matter what concerns you have about your body, your health, or your life, I’d like for you to imagine that there is a solution.
See how that feels, in your body, to put the bulk of your energy and awareness toward a positive solution.
When we hold space for the possibility of a solution, and when we seek out positive actions to achieve a particular goal, we are exponentially more likely to realize that solution.
By making small, gradual, and consistent improvements in our nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle techniques we can – unquestionably and dramatically – improve our vitality and reduce the risk of accelerated aging.
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