Middle Age

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Previously by Margaret Durst: Why Natural?

Middle Age — It’s that time of life — we aren’t really “old,” but we are showing our mortality.

Our eyesight is fading — particularly up close, if we are female, we have hot flashes — if we are male, it might be easier if we were the ones having the hot flashes. We get things like insomnia, fat around the middle, body parts wrinkle and sag unnaturally. If we have been to a doctor, we are on medicine for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and depression. We get acid reflux when we eat things we lived on in college. We know things about ourselves that didn’t have names when we were growing up — like we might be “lactose intolerant,” or we have “IBS.” We have odd aches and pains — maybe arthritis. We have allergies that give us recurrent sinus infections. And worst of all; we can’t remember a darn thing.

What is a person supposed to do? I say fight it. Why not? What have you got to lose? My husband thinks I am crazy because I want to live to be 100 years old — in good health. So, I actually work at being healthy.

My personal theory (backed by many scientists) is that our genes do not have to end with the same diseases and conditions that they caused our parents. So, if you find yourself in mid-life and wonder what to do differently — my answer is plenty. There are many natural things we can do to prevent and even reverse certain health conditions. I would rather spend some time and money now outside our medical system than be resigned to whatever “treatment” has been sanctioned by the FDA.

My first advice for most people is to do cleanses regularly. Cleanses are amazing. I only recommend one. There are a lot of copy cats, but only one works the way I think it should and that is the one is from Renew Life. If you are sensitive — do the First Cleanse first. Most people do well with the regular one. Repeat cleanses every 6 months — at least 1 time per year.

Advice #2 is change how you eat — I am a big fan of blood type diets. They work. They work especially well when combined with metabolic typing. There is not a blood type out there that should eat as much white bread, pasta, fried food, and soda as is in the typical American diet. Most of all, go as natural as you can. We don’t need additives, preservative, hormones, genetically modified, etc. in anything we put in or on our body.

Advice #3 is take good high-quality supplements that work for you. In my opinion, supplements are necessary. We need the concentrated nutrition. It is the concentration of the nutrients that helps compensate for a life of inadequate nutrition. Find what works for you. There are great supplements for eyes, heart, liver, memory, hormones, digestion, etc.

Advice #4 is to work with someone trained in nutrition. They can help you prioritize issues and get results. Most nutritionists are not medical doctors — they do not diagnose, treat or prescribe, but they will give you lots of information and will make recommendations.

Advice #5 is don’t trust the current health care system to be looking out for you. It is geared towards making money for the drug and insurance companies. Drugs may at times be necessary, but they almost all deplete some essential nutrient and have negative side effects.

Remember, you are in charge of your own health. As we age, it is important to work with the body, not against it. Lifestyle changes can make big differences in how we feel day to day and help us age more gracefully.

Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas.

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