The Successful-Aging Lifestyle

Being a Woman in Film means having to endure long work hours, editing, writing, traveling, planning, and doing business just about any time and every day. Whether online, in the studio, or on location, media is a 24/7 personal challenge.  I live on the job.  From irregularly scheduled meals and staying off the stair master, to changing sleep patterns and  meeting deadlines, writing and film production are fatiguing and make the immune system lower. Benefits of adopting a Successful-Aging lifestyle include greater energy, stamina, and focus at whatever age.  Those over the hill and any 20-30 year-old will feel better living an anti-aging lifestyle.

Those who have experienced the effects of aging on muscles, joints, skin and hair along with reduced energy, will surely be a connoisseur of anti-inflammatory supplements, alternate therapies and stem cell treatments. Anti-aging products and services flood online and local marketplaces like never before.  But Xs and Boomers are not the only ones that can reap the benefits of  an anti-aging or successful-aging lifestyle.

The first cause of disability in this country is arthritis.  This debilitating disease usually pops up during senescence and is one of the hardest to combat.  Lack of mobility and range of motion accompanied by pain can be combatted with such a vast list of holistic remedies, teas, and special foods, that it is difficult to know which ones are most effective and best suited for your condition. Here are some worthy of mention.

Let’s start with Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapples.  Clinical studies have shown that taking 500 mg capsules 4 times a day decreases inflammation and reduces pain.  How many servings of pineapples must we have in a day for such a dose? A slice will give you 100mg, so 4 to 5 would be appropriate. Bromelain has other benefits as well.

The anti inflammatory properties of Ginger may one day make it a substitute for NSAIDs, says one study performed at the University of Miami.  Just 255 mg of this extract twice daily is the recommended dosage to relief aches and pains from arthritis and muscle strains. Ginger supplements rage in price and type.

Curcumin, on the other hand, besides being a potent anti inflammatory agent, also helps restore tissues. This potent antioxidant can neutralize free radicals and activates your own body’s antioxidant mechanisms. Curcumin supplements and the fresh root used in cooking and tea make your diet rich in antioxidants.

Devil’s claw is said to be as effective as Voxx to combat RA due to the presence of the chemical Herpagoside which suppresses active enzymes and proteins and inhibits the formation of cyclooxygenase compounds responsible for the production of fibrin and creating inflammation.  A dosage of 750 to 1000 mg three times a day is recommended. Click here for devil claw supplement prices

There are many brands of proteolytic enzymes in the market that claim to reduce inflammation and pain. Considered the miracle enzyme, it has been used to relief inflammation and clean out the blood for 25 years. Proteolytic enzyme supplements

While dietary supplements are known to manage arthritis pain, used in conjunction, acupuncture, a treatment that has been in use for 2000 years,  may produce the best results.  The effectiveness of acupuncture depends on the severity of the damage and pain.  Western medicine has finally accepted the effectiveness of acupuncture as a way of treating pain. More about the effectiveness of acupuncture

However, Stem cell treatments are the latest and most debatable alternative today.  Although considered a safe procedure, stem cell treatments are not standard practice and won’t be covered by most insurance policies.  The stem cells are harvested from the patient and introduced in the area where they are said to regenerate tissues.  The cost can be a hefty 4 to 7 thousand dollars for one treatment. More on stem cell research and therapies.

Exercise your stiff and sore muscles and joints and you’ll feel better.  Gentle yoga, swimming, Pilates, and light aerobics are some of the most beneficial forms of exercise to help you get more out of your day and life. Exercise benefits for arthritis.

Let’s not forget the benefits of meditation for a successful-aging lifestyle. Twenty minutes a day will do wonders for your pain tolerance, patience, and maximizing the intake of oxygen at the cellular level. Disease prevention with meditation.

Lead a successful aging lifestyle.  Let the 2018 games begin!






The Pillars of Holistic Remedies

The Pillars of Hercules is the ancient name given to the promontories that flank the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar. This portal or gate between Africa and Europe, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean or vice versa, has a wealth of historical significance. If we were to choose two remedies, or pillars of Herculean strength to show us the way out of pain (the Mediterranean) into the vast ocean (the Atlantic) of freedom and possibilities, what would those pillars be? In the quest to be pain-free using a holistic approach, it is necessary to understand why we have pain and how these remedies work so we can heal our bodies. As a Woman in Film, it is important for me to keep up my energy level and mobility so I can meet the demands of the job I love doing so much. But I am not willing to take NSAIDs or steroidal medications that bring on worse side effects and really do not heal my condition. So I set out to learn more about the holistic remedies we have at hand to understand how and why they work to alleviate the pain and stiffness of arthritis.

Among the pillars of holistic remedies that combat inflammation, the major cause of pain for  50 million Americans with any form of arthritis, we must top the list with the Herculean and ancestral Ginger. What we know as Ginger is the rhizome, or root, of Zingiber, a flowering plant about two feet high, originating in the tropical forests of Southern Asia, containing Gingerol, a bioactive compound known to have anti-inflammatory properties. According to an article published by the Journal of Medicinal Food, JMF (July 2005, 8(2): 125-132. doi:10.1089/jmf.2005.8.125)], “Ginger suppresses prostaglandyn synthesis by inhibiting cyclooxygenase- 1 and cyclooxygenase-2.”  The cyclooxygenase enzyme, or COX, is responsible for the formation of prostanoids and prostaglandyns, the main developer of inflammation and is also involved in many normal cellular processes.  NSAIDs, Anti-inflammatory non-steroidal drugs target COX but cause unwanted side effects that we sufferers of arthritis pain may be able to avoid by ingesting the right amounts of Ginger. However, “Do not take more than 4 grams of ginger per day as it may cause heartburn and interfere with blood-thinning medications,” posted Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, in an article reviewed by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., March 28, 2014.

So, if Ginger is one of the Pillars of Holistic remedies guarding our bodies against inflammation, what would be the second one? Turmeric or Bromelain? These two holistic champions with Herculean attributes vie to protect us from soreness right next to Ginger.

Confirming Bromelain to be one of the bastions of nature’s pharmacy is an article published in May of 2008 by Life Extension Magazine, written by Steve Goodman. It makes a good case in favor of Bromelain stating it has been proven to be “as effective as Diclofenac, (an NSAID), in a blind study conducted in Germany of 90 patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the hip.” If you didn’t know, Bromelain is a mixture of proteolytic enzymes that digest proteins, derived from the edible Ananas comusus, commonly known as pineapple. For centuries, pineapple has been known to reduce inflammation by the people of the Americas and Asia. When ingested between meals is when pineapple is most helpful in combating inflammation.  Although there is no standard dose, a range of 80 to 320 milligrams has been recommended. In another publication supporting Bromelain, “In vivo and in vitro Effects of Bromelain in the Inflammatory Exudate of Rats” by Leda Gaspani, Limirolli Elena and Ferrario Paolo, published by Karger Publishers May 3, 2002, the authors state that the effects of Bromelain were examined in rats with inflammation and that “the data indicate that bromelain reduces the production of two key mediators of inflammation.” That’s right, pineapple, which contains bromelain, has been found to increase serum fibrinolytic activity, reduce plasma fibrinogen levels and decrease bradykinin levels, the mediators of inflammation, thus reducing edema and pain. Unlike ginger, there is no limited dosage for this pillar. So you can eat all you want.

Ginger and Bromelain may well be considered the pillars of holistic remedies against the pain of inflammation caused by tissue swelling that presses on nerves by suppressing or increasing specific cellular functions and they are available in many forms, from supplements to straight from the farm. But the bottom line for many who suffer this debilitating disease, is simply whether or not we are willing to commit to natural food-derived remedies. I know I am, and I hope this article will help you in making an informed decision, too.


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