Posted on

Staying Young And Healthy As We Age

Published in Health Web Magazine

I truly believe life is what you make it, however I cannot disagree that it gets harder as we age. We start aging the moment we are born; the process of aging never stops until it is no longer required.

As a baby our cognitive development happens quite young, in the first 3-6 months of life we learn sounds and sight and a stronger sense of perception and every year after infants become more physically adept, they are able to explore the world around them in greater depth.

Jumping ahead a few years our development increases rapidly, until early adulthood, with obvious changes such as physical and speech, there is also cognitive development of more complex thinking processes. (Also called formal logical operations).

This is when we begin to form our own opinions and ideas. (Take note our physical is still maturing until at least 18 years of age for females and 21 for males).

Unlike other mammals, in the animal kingdom, humans age much slower, in terms of independence and the ability to survive on their own, and now in 2022 this statement couldn’t be truer.
It is a scientific fact that if a human spends most of their time on the lowest end of the spectrum in terms of physical fitness and mental stimulation, their body will age and revert to cognitive decline at a rapid rate and this unfortunately can occur in any age range.

At adulthood our bodies have physically matured and our ability to process the life around us has become second nature. Our environments dictate extrinsic levels of stress and depending on how you relate to it, it can be detrimental to your wellbeing. So, ensuring your environment is safe and comfortable will eliminate any unwanted stresses.

Read MoreEase the Stress from the Pandemic with Mindfulness by Ora Nadrich

Scientists and doctors the world over, have been searching and creating new and improved anti-aging cosmetics and techniques for many years now.

Only to be left with a billion-dollar industry that really is based on a list of factors that contribute to the aging process, and without underlining these issues first, no number of cosmetics or cosmetic surgery will slowdown the aging process.

Exercise regime

We must be aware there is no way to stop the process, however slowing it down can be a possibility, of course, this depends on a lot of factors including:

  • Lifestyle: In terms of how you live your life. What if any exercise regime do you follow? Do you have good nutrition? Do you sleep the recommended hours per night? Do you drink lots of water and keep alcohol to a minimum? Do you refrain from smoking and taking drugs? Do you take care of your skin and not expose it to the sun often?
  • Environment: In terms of your surroundings. Do you live in a clean environment? Are you organized and tidy? Does your house smell fresh and calming? How do you relate to extrinsic stress factors? Do you set boundaries and practice self-care?
  • Genetics: It is estimated that about 15 – 25% of the health variation in a human’s life span is determined by genetics- however which genes and how they contribute to longevity is not well understood. Scientists however do speculate that the first 70-80 years, lifestyle is a stronger determinant of health and life span than genetics.
  • Mental state: Mental illness is very prevalent in today’s society, and if not treated, an individual can experience a rapid decline of motor and cognitive abilities. leading to rapid aging.

At every stage of our lives, from infancy to adulthood our bodies go through many changes. We grow and produce healthy cells to maintain a well-functioning body.

Reach peak health

Our cells are continually replacing themselves, however scientists have discovered every seven to ten years, our bodies seem to have replaced every cell, slowing down the aging process, as long as healthy cells are continually being replaced by, healthy cells.

Unfortunately, mutations will happen in healthy individuals also and cancer and other diseases will emerge; in this instance genetics may play a part.

Staying healthy can mean different things to different people, however the fundamentals of exercise and healthy eating need to be adhered to, in order for our bodies to reach peak health and physical ability, (that looks different to the individual).

The human body is not designed to carry massive amounts of weight. A humans skeleton makes up around 15% of the total body weight…The global average is approximately 20.5 lbs. Our skeletal structure has weight bearing bones in our lower vertebrae, known as the lumbar which are designed to support the weight from the body.

Depending on your height, there is a weight average around the world, that puts you into a weight category that is healthy. Give or take a few pounds you are still in a healthy range.

However, coming from experience, (I was 320lbs at my heaviest), carrying massive amounts of body fat, will affect not only your physical appearance and mental state, it will rapidly age you.

In society today there are many quick fixes from losing weight to vanishing wrinkles. we can virtually pay to redesign our entire bodies, but at what cost. We know as humans hard work pays off, so if we pay to redesign aspects of our bodies, in the end it doesn’t help with the health of our body, just the appearance.

The bottom line is healthy eating, exercise, lots of water,7-8 hours of sleep per night, positive thinking and the ability to think beyond what you don’t have and be forever grateful for what you do, will help you age gracefully and healthy.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only. The content on our website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or therapy. You should NEVER disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment due to something you have read on our website and we will not be held responsible for any adverse health condition or injury that occurs as a result of doing so.

Donna Faccioni

Health professional

I am a fit and healthy plant based Master trainer, nutritionist and chef. I have been in the health and fitness industry for 20 years. Obtaining degrees in Nutrition and human movement. My background also consists of molecular biology and food science.

My interests in the industry combine the fitness element with the nutrition element creating programs for training and creating meals/meal plans for a multiple of dietary requirements. I am very science based and I am always researching new methods in all my skills.

Posted on

Plant-Based Eating & Health Benefits Associated with This Diet!

Published in Health Web Magazine

Introduction

When most people hear the word diet, their first thought is a restricted calorie or carbohydrate, way to lose body fat.

For years all the magazines would focus on these types of miracle short fad diets that didn’t work.

When in fact the word diet comes from the Greek language (diaita) and means A way of life, not a short-term fix.

These days as our planet is heating and we can see the destruction before our very eyes, it’s important for us humans to look at different ways of not only eating but finding sustainable solutions to our agriculture and changing our food supplies.

It’s not a new thing to be vegan or vegetarian in fact it actually dates back to early man to modern-day as we see in some cultures plant-based is their staple diet.

Now that we have established, how you eat, is actually your diet, we can begin to talk about the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Studies now show that the health benefits for people who consume an all plant-based diet out way those, who consume an omnivore diet.

Consuming animal products puts a strain on our organs making them work harder, it’s not usually something someone would think of if they were born into an omnivore diet, however, if they were to stop eating the animal products, they would see how the feeling of being bloated, heavy after eating, nose bleeds, nauseous and for some, headaches, would actually completely go away.

Being plant-based does not only mean eating vegetables, there are still the other food groups of legumes, seeds, grains, bread, cereals, fruits, and vegetables.

These days there are other items available such as fake meats, cheese, creams, and plant-based milk. The availability of food is endless and from a nutritional point of view, we can consume a well-balanced plant-based diet.

Being plant-based does not only mean eating vegetables, there are still the other food groups of legumes, seeds, grains, bread, cereals, fruits, and vegetables.

These days there are other items available such as fake meats, cheese, creams, and plant-based milk. The availability of food is endless and from a nutritional point of view, we can consume a well-balanced plant-based diet.

The health benefits associated with a plant-based diet include:

  • Lower risk of type 2 diabetes and better kidney function
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Lower levels of bad cholesterol
  • Improved gut health
  • Reduced risk of cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Reduced carbon footprints

This is just a few of the many health benefits, associated with eating a plant-based diet, and every day we are seeing better and better results. This can be tracked through science-based data, readily available online, talking to a health professional, and consulting your doctor.

Lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, from a plant-based diet has been a proven and known remedy for many years, due to the reduction of inflammation and absorption of plant-based nutrients, through the bloodstream and into the organs, making for better kidney function.

Heart disease is one of the top killers in western society, due to a diet high in animal fat and animal products. The average person still consumes at least 3 to 4 animal products weekly if not daily.

Animal fat sticks to the walls of our arteries and clogs them, causing Atherosclerosis which leads to heart disease. Adhering to a plant-based diet will help lower your risk of cholesterol which is the starting point.

Improved gut health is almost immediate with a change in diet. The reduction in inflammation of the intestines and stomach lining allows for better absorption and easier digestion.

When our bodies are feeling bad more than likely it starts in the stomach, bad eating, smoking, drinking, and stress all wreak havoc on gut health.

Recent studies have shown, a significant change in cognitive impairment and dementia patients, who have changed their diets to plant-based.

The studies show that due to an increase in fiber and a higher absorption rate of nutrients, from the foods consumed, patients have been able to concentrate and move more freely with their bodies.

A plant-based diet will also reduce your carbon footprint dramatically. Eating vegetables and all foods from the earth leads to fewer animals being bred and slaughtered.

Statistically, there are more than 21 billion livestock (chickens, cows & pigs) on the planet, that is nearly triple the human population.

It is unsustainable for many reasons including land clearing, methane emissions and waste management, inhumane animal practices and the proven scientific data that clearly links animal products to many diseases in humans.

Conclusion

Finally, there is proven statistical data that all points to the overwhelming benefits of a plant-based diet. Immediate results can be seen with weight loss, clearer skin, better moods, brain function and sleep patterns, if we exclude the science.

The truth is plant-based eating not only will reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes to name a few, it could virtually save your life and the life of the planets too!!

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only. The content on our website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or therapy. You should NEVER disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment due to something you have read on our website and we will not be held responsible for any adverse health condition or injury that occurs as a result of doing so.

Donna Faccioni

Health professional

I am a fit and healthy plant based Master trainer, nutritionist and chef. I have been in the health and fitness industry for 20 years. Obtaining degrees in Nutrition and human movement. My background also consists of molecular biology and food science.

My interests in the industry combine the fitness element with the nutrition element creating programs for training and creating meals/meal plans for a multiple of dietary requirements. I am very science based and I am always researching new methods in all my skills.