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Tips on “Insuring" Good Health in Your Retirement Years
People spend time and energy saving, investing and planning for retirement. Most will develop chronic and degenerative health problems as they age, which diminish the quality of life in their senior years.
When you're are planning and preparing for your senior years, you ought to invest in improving and maintaining your health. Remember that government health care programs like Medicare and private health insurance policies don't insure good health. All they cover is “disease care” the use of drugs and surgery to treat symptoms of disease after they develop.
Senior Citizens and Prescription Drugs
According to the United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in 2005 Americans 65 years and older spent $70.2 billion dollars on prescription drugs, with $48.4 billion (69%) of that being provided via Medicare. Total drug expenses for all age groups during that same year totaled $198.9 billion. Age 65 and over accounted for 35%.
The top five classes of drugs are:
It would be great if these drugs were actually improving health but more often than not they aren't. Americans use more prescription drugs than any other country and have some of the lowest health statistics of any nation.
Take a look at some natural alternatives of the top five categories of drugs listed above. The goal is to help everyone to learn how to build real health. The younger you are when you start doing this, the better off you will be and it's never too late to get started investing in one's health reaping immediate positive benefits as well as future ones.
Creating Radiant Well-Being and Longevity
You simply start investing in health by forming positive health habits. Once you start making these investments and notice how much better you feel, you'll want to keep investing because the physical, mental and emotional dividends will become obvious.
Eat Quality Food
Good nutrition is the place to start. The basic investment rule here is simple; avoid putting your money into refined and processed foods and purchase whole, natural and organically-grown foods instead.
The most important dietary habit you can establish is to eat five to seven 1/2 cup servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. It's important to select whole grain products and natural sugars (such as raw honey, xylitol, organic natural brown sugar, etc.) over refined and processed. If you crave sugary snacks and white flour products, you need to eat more healthy fats and protein.
When selecting fats, avoid margarine, shortening and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Use olive oil, organic butter and cream from grass fed cows, coconut oil, avocados and nuts as good sources of quality fats. Starting your day with a tablespoon of coconut oil will greatly reduce sugar cravings.
Food is the fuel that energizes your body functions and the source of raw materials to produce healthy structures. Eating cheap junk food is no way to save money. It will reduce your energy, weaken your tissues and you'll wind up spending far more in doctor and hospital bills than you saved by eating low quality food.
Super Trio is a great basic program containing three important supplements: Super Supplemental, a high quality multiple vitamin and mineral, Super Omega-3, a source of essential omega-3 fatty acids and Super ORAC, a powerful antioxidant blend. Super Trio can provide nutrients that may be lacking in the diet, reduce inflammation and oxidative damage associated with aging and degenerative disease and support general health.
Three other basic supplements to consider are:
Drink Water and Breathe Deeply
Two very simple things one can do to insure one's health are to drink plenty of pure water and practice deep breathing. For optimal health one needs to drink about 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight every day. Practicing any form of deep breathing will greatly benefit one's health. These two practices can reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body while increasing energy levels and overall health.
Balance Rest and Exercise
Some form of moderate physical activity such as walking, swimming or gentle bouncing on a mini-trampoline is essential for good health. The lymphatic system stagnates when we aren't breathing deeply and moving around. This causes toxins to accumulate in the system and contributes to aging and degenerative disease.
It's important to balance activity with rest. As we grow older, it's natural to slow down a little. Taking short naps or resting when you are tired is good for your health. It's important to get a sound night's sleep.
Natural Alternatives for the Drugs
(1) Cardiovascular Drugs
Nearly three quarters of all Medicare patients are on at least one cardiovascular medication. The interesting thing about this is that cardiovascular disease was rare prior to 1900 and practically non-existent in traditional cultures. It is an illness brought on by modern diets and lifestyles.
Herbs that enhance cardiac health are Garlic HP, Capsicum, Hawthorn Berries and Ginkgo T/R. Capsicum, Garlic & Parsley and Ginkgo & Hawthorn Combination formulas can help maintain blood pressure, improve blood flow to the heart, brain and extremities and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Using Mega Chel as part of an oral chelation program can improve circulation throughout the body. Mega Chel oral chelation program has enhanced mental clarity, improved macular degeneration, helped with diabetic neuropathy, reduced blood pressure and relieved coldness in the extremities. Contact the person below for instructions on how to use Mega-Chel to improve circulation.
If high blood pressure is a concern, Solstic Cardio may be helpful. It supplies l-arginine, an amino acid that enhances nitric oxide production to dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow. Blood Pressurex is a supplement that helps reduce blood pressure in many people.
(2) Metabolic Regulators
Metabolic regulators are drugs that help to lower cholesterol, treat diabetes or other altered metabolism. The best way to regulate your metabolism is with diet. Avoiding refined sugars and processed grains and oils, while eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, high quality fats and proteins is the best way to keep cholesterol and blood sugar balanced. There are supplements that can help.
Before seeking to lower one's cholesterol, the first question to be asked is: does your cholesterol really need to be lower? Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease and lowering cholesterol with drugs like statins does not necessarily reduce your risk of dying of heart disease. If your cholesterol is between 200 and 250 don't worry about it; you're within a healthy and perfectly normal range.
If your cholesterol is high (300 or above), consider using Red Yeast Rice. It contains the natural compounds from which statin drugs were originally produced and is much safer.
A fiber supplement like LOCLO or Nature's Three will absorb cholesterol released from your liver and gall bladder and will remove it from your body. It will help protect you against colon cancer, regulate your blood sugar and improve your general health.
If blood sugar problems are present consider Target P-14 and Sugar Reg. Both supply herbs and nutrients that reduce insulin resistance and help to improve blood sugar levels.
(3) Nervous System Remedies
This class of drug remedies includes pain relievers, remedies for memory loss and mood disorders like depression. Making the investments will go a long way to preventing and relieving these problems.
Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions that cause pain and decreased mobility are common. Pain medications may provide temporary relief, but do little to actually fix the problem. Consider taking Joint Support, a tried and true herbal formula that has helped people for decades. Joint Support helps reduce inflammation and pain, detoxify the body, balance the pH and supplies minerals for healthy bones and joints.
EverFlex is a blend of g!ucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and hyaluronic acid that helps reduce inflammation and pain while assisting the rebuilding your damaged joints. IF Relief contains pain relieving and anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients.
Mind Max enhances memory and brain function. It enhances circulation to the brain and acts as a general tonic to improve memory and cognitive function. To protect the brain against free radical damage and memory loss, consider Brain Protex, a blend of antioxidants and nutrients to enhance the brain cells responsible for memory.
(4) Gastrointestinal Medications
Many elderly people suffer from digestive system problems. This is because levels of hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes tend to decline with age. The most common cause of acid indigestion isn't excess stomach acid, it's a deficiency of hydrochloric acid and enzymes. Taking antacids and acid blockers only makes the problem worse.
What is will help is to take Food Enzymes or Proactazyme to enhance digestion. If acid reflux is a problem, get checked for a hiatal hernia and use Digestive Bitters to reduce acid reflux and promote better digestion.
When elderly people are losing weight and becoming thin and pale due to poor digestion and metabolism, the Chinese formula Spleen Activator can help. It enhances digestion and improves metabolism and utilization of proteins.
(5) Hormone Replacement Therapy
In 2003, hormone replacement was the third leading class of drugs prescribed to elderly patients. By 2005, it had dropped to fifth place, probably due to concerns over the safety of hormone replacement therapy.
Ginseng has been used as a tonic for the elderly for thousands of years both in Asia and by Native Americans. It reduces stress, enhances immunity and improves energy. Just one capsule of Korean Ginseng per day can make a difference. For those whose general health and immunity is weak, consider Trigger Immune. This is a general tonic for improving overall health and is a great hormone balancer for the elderly.
Low levels of hormones can be enhanced with DHEA-F for women and DHEA-M for men. DHEA is a building block for estrogens and androgens like testosterone and may have anti-aging characteristics for people with low levels of it.
There are many other products that will help for most of the above problems. Let me know if you need more information and/or help with what is best for you.