Chapter 6 : Supplementing And Hormones

As a combination of the diet and exercise regimens of the Baby Boomer, it is also important to take into consideration supplementation and your body’s hormones, both of which are critical at preserving the body’s health and longevity.

You may ask why you need to add supplements to your diet when you have just started on a healthy diet that’s been described here.  The reason for this is really unfortunate for most.

Even with a healthy diet that is filled with just the nutrients from healthy food, you are still not getting all of the nutrients that you need to maintain optimal health.  This is due to several key things including the way that your food is grown. For example, the way that your food is farmed has allowed for the soil to be depleted for many of the nutrients that you need.  Many of these nutrients can actually help you to improve the longevity of your life.

Supplementation is needed for other reasons as well.  Here are some examples of why you need to add the right nutrients to your diet now.

  • Pesticides and herbicides are commonly used to help keep bugs off of the foods that are grown.  While you think that this is a good thing, it still causes problems for the production of nutrients in the soil.
  • The soil itself is often not even authentic soil!  Some of the most modern farms are using synthetic types of soil which allow for faster and longer growing seasons that produce more products that’s also good looking.
  • With genetic mutation, scientists of have developed fruits and vegetables (not to mention virtually any other type of food that you eat) products that are genetically altered enough to produce the perfect specimen every time.  The nutrients get left out.

As you can see, there are many reasons that the foods you eat don’t have the nutrients that are needed to increase the longevity and health of your life.  Still, you should also realize that even when you do get the right foods, you still have so many other factors that play a role in the way your body uses them.  The sugars that you eat, the fats, and the high amounts of sodium cause the real nutrients to get lost in the mix.  Your body doesn’t get a chance to bring them in.

When you don’t get the right types and amounts of nutrients, your body will break down faster with the onset of degenerative diseases.  In fact, some studies have shown that with the proper nutrients you can die early.  As you know, we are working on keeping you healthy, longer and supplementation can take us there.

What Do You Need In Supplements?

As we mentioned, it is quite important to insure that you are eating a healthy diet, like the Baby Boomer diet that we’ve described.  But, in addition to that, supplementing your diet with the right vitamins and minerals will also be important. 

Here are some things to remember about supplements in regards to what you should be consuming.

Select supplements that are right for your body.  This should take into consideration your age, sex and your current health situation.  Remember, you need to insure that the supplements you take will help improve the rate at which you are aging.

Antioxidants are an important part of the supplement that you take.  Find one that offers a high amount of antioxidants which help to remove free radicals from your body. They help to deter diseases like heart disease and cancer.  In addition, they help each of your organs to work better.  Antioxidants also help to stimulate natural growth hormones to be released throughout your body.

You also want the supplement that you select to provide you with the necessary nutrients to help keep your organs running at the highest level.  You want a product that will keep problems like heart disease at bay as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

Mood benefiting products are also important.  You want a product that will help to relieve stress and improving your general state of well being.

The supplement that you take should also promote a healthy sex drive in both men and women.  Not only is that something that you will want to have working optimually, but it also helps to secrete hormones that are necessary for health in the long term.

Look for a supplement that provides cellular rejuvenation.  This means that the product will help in the restructure and repair of the cells of your body.  You want the supplement to be able to promote this well being in each of the cells of your body.

Your hair, nails and skin should also be aided by the supplement hat you take.  You want a product that will promote healthy skin cells and healthy, young looking nails and skin.

You should also look for the supplement to be a time released product as these generally are able to enter the body slowly and therefore are absorbed better into the body.  Other products that are water soluble simply get washed away.

Finally, take the time to find out what’s in the supplement.  You want to find a supplement that is as natural in composition as possible.  You should check to see if it has the Food and Drug Administration’s seal of approval, but that is not always available.

Take the time you need to compare the products that are on the market.  Instead of trying to find many supplements, each offering its own unique benefit, look for a supplement that features many of those that you need.  A good place to start is to take your list of needs to your local nutrionalist or to the health food store (you can shop for them online, too, of course!)  Have them help you to find the perfect supplement for your anti aging, health promotion.

Finally, when you get to the point of saying, “why am I doing this, again?”  Consider this.

In the standard American diet, it would be necessary for you to consume a 5000 calorie diet in order to get the nutrients that you need for optimum health and even then some of them would be left out!  Since the recommended diet is that of just 2000 calories (on the high side) you can see how this would be counter productive to your efforts.  Supplementation then, is a must.

A combination of healthy products is what you need to look for.  That means vitamins and minerals but also herbal products.  You’ll find that the more natural the product is, the more benefits it can provide to your overall health and well being.

Hormone Soup

The hormones that your body releases are very important to your well being.  As a Baby Boomer, you are likely already facing the depletion of the most important hormone in your body:  growth hormone.

Growth hormone is important for a number of reasons.  For one, it helps your body to grow and develop.  But, it also helps to rejuvenate and repair the damage to your cells.  In many ways, this growth hormone is responsible for the decline in your body over the years.  It is, in short, what makes you look aged.

Now, if you could increase the amount of growth hormone in your body, you could potentially slow the aging process.  In fact, those people that have the ability to live a life that has been riddled with all of the “bad stuff” and still somehow live to be 100 are tell tale signs of this.

You see, in most people, the growth hormone that is so important to our longevity begins to taper off at the age of just 25!  Each decade of your life, it will decrease yet another ten to fifteen percent leaving you with next to nothing.  But, those that do live to see 100 are often a part of a small group of people that have a gene that keeps the growth hormone working optimally in their body for long after the point were most turn off, so to speak.

But, just because you don’t have the ability to alter your genes doesn’t mean that you can’t help to keep growth hormone production happening in your body.  No, we don’t mean through artificial supplementation or any type of injections.  You can do this through natural and non side effect riddled ways.

If you did try to use an artificial type of supplementation of growth hormone, you would have to visit your doctor to get it.  In addition, the wrong about can actually cause very severe side effects, including the possibility of death.  Therefore, this is not the best way to get the growth hormone that is necessary for longevity.

You can, on the other hand, encourage your own glands to continue producing it.  By stimulating the pituitary gland, you can actually allow it to begin providing your body with the necessary release of this hormone again.  The type of product that you would use to make this happen is called secretagogues.  These are all natural products which mean that they are generally safe to use, with few to no side effects. 

Taking these supplements will help to provide you with some amazing benefits.  You’ll see improvements in you skin and in your hair first.  You may even begin to have a sex drive again.  By increasing your body’s excretions of other hormones such as DHEA, progesterone and testosterone, it can also help improve the health and well being of many aspects of your life.

Since your body requires hormones to help make things happen in your body, getting them to be balanced and secreted as they can be a wonderful thing for the rest of your body.  For example, just increasing the right hormones in women after menopause can delay or even avoid osteoporosis, heart disease and even help to fend off cancers and other health concerns that you may have.

As you can see, with the help of secretagogues, you can find the benefits of health and well being that you are seeking.  To find these products, you can talk to your local health store or you can look for them available on the web.  Whatever you do, don’t forget to include them in your diet and exercise regimen.

As you can see, the need for supplementation and for hormone stimulation is vitally important when it comes to maintaining your health for a longer period of time.

Although you may often be told that the things you do are what drive your age and how long you’ll be healthy.  But, there are factors that you can’t control such as the growth hormone and the foods that you eat not having enough of the nutrients your body needs.

But, you can also see how you can repair these elements by simply including supplements into your diet.  You’ll also find that it is easy to tackle these problems once you have the right products to take.

Yes, supplements may seem like a nuisance when you have to take them daily.  But, adding a pill a day, so to speak, can really help to keep your organs working correction, keep your skin from looking aged and it can give you the nutrients you need to live a long and happy life.  You definitely want that!

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