Here’s the sad statistic, six out of ten of Americans have at least one chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, depression or Alzheimer’s, and four out of ten actually have two of these. So how do we make the leap from “at risk of” to a more youthful and vibrant life going forward? Can we actually age backwards?
Where to begin? You need to focus first on lifestyle. I always suggest cleaning up your diet. Eliminating sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods and adding in loads of phytonutrients (chemical compounds produced by plants to keep them and us healthy). They have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You may be familiar with resveratrol, flavonoids, carotenoids and glucosinolates. They are found in the brightly colored fruits and vegetables lining your produce aisles, farmers markets or outdoor vegetable gardens. Organic if able but freshly frozen and picked at their optimum nutrient density is also a great way to ensure your proper eight servings of veggies a day. Don’t forget the berries loaded with reservatrol which supports cardiovascular and cognitive health.
My next secret weapon is good restful sleep, 7-8 hours a night. Our bodies get rid of waste and “clean up the garbage” while we sleep. It’s the repair system for the body – cells renew, hormones get balanced, our blood sugar is regulated. Sleep balances all of our body’s processes at once restoring energy, alertness and mood. It’s also crucial to maintaining a healthy weight.
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Robyn C. Del Negro, MD, is a board-certified physician. She has been practicing conventional based western medicine since 1993. She completed a post-MD multi-year fellowship at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and received specialty training with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Del Negro loves sharing all she has learned with her patients, from the benefits of broccoli, to breathing and listening. Her mission is to empower her community to embrace healthy behaviors and optimize wellness.