Aging Healthy – Flagstaff Business News

Adopting a healthy aging lifestyle has an impact on mental health, mood, cognition and learning ability.

Many have been searching for years for the fountain of youth or a miracle pill against aging. It is inevitable that we will all grow older. It is key to promoting and promoting healthy aging, improving stamina and zest for life by boosting your immune system, reducing fatigue, weight gain, mood and memory disorders, wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. There are many ways to support your body naturally by adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle, taking supportive dietary supplements and herbal supplements that reduce free radicals and reduce inflammation that naturally occurs with age.

Everyone wants to make the most of their life, but many people don’t know how to go about it. The most effective strategy for maximizing your life’s potential is to encourage good aging in your body. To maximize your body’s potential to stay as young and energetic as possible, you must actively participate in the healthy aging process. Combining the nourishing aspects of exercise, balanced diet, relaxation, social activities, personal relationships, mental stimulation and spirituality is key to improving cellular age and physical function.

The benefits of healthy aging include:

Optimal nutrition: A balanced whole foods Mediterranean diet provides the body with the nutrients it needs for optimal wellness and aging by reducing inflammation and limiting sugar spikes in the body.

Better physical health: Exercise, diet, cellular health, and hydration help your body live a long, healthy life. Move more often than not. Once you stop moving, the inflammation stagnates. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily (more if you sweat or exercise outdoors).

Mental health: Adopting a healthy aging lifestyle has an impact on mental health, mood, cognition and learning ability. Monitor your thoughts. Thinking creates disease and infirmity. Embrace positive thoughts to cancel out negative, unsupportive thoughts. Say positive affirmations daily to change how you feel. It takes 21 days to change the nerve pathways in the brain. Start thinking and feeling better! Practice mindfulness and meditation to connect with your inner knowing. Challenge yourself mentally with crosswords, games, painting, learning an instrument, and switching activities to your non-dominant hand. This forces your brain to learn in different ways, which keeps it healthy and active.

connectedness: Incorporating fun, leisure and social activities strengthens your connection to the world. This is one of the most important aspects of aging well and in a good mood. Take time to connect with nature to ground yourself. Do what you love to do more often, even if it’s only once or twice a month. Connect with others by volunteering for your favorite causes. Connect with those you love and be present in the moment. Practice mindfulness and be more present. Perform random acts of kindness. Kindness goes a long way and can make someone else’s day.

Health as priority: To reduce age-related diseases, it’s important to make small changes in all of these areas by actively focusing on improving your overall health, vitality, and well-being. Small steps towards better health can help people suffering from diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, immune deficiencies, hormone imbalances, arthritis and cancer feel better and happier.

Increased Energy: When all the cells in your body are happy, they want to move! Exercise improves energy. The more you sit, the more the energy stagnates and can become a vicious cycle. Take the first step and move more often. Go for a walk in nature, dance to your favorite music, get out and be active. By following these basic healthy aging concepts, you can restore your zest for life.

Did you know?

Age spots on your skin are an indication that your liver is sluggish and slow to eliminate toxins.

It is normal for hormones to decline as we age. You don’t have to suffer from it or label it as “getting old.” Hormone optimization can help you feel like your old self again and prevent age-related diseases. Have your hormones checked by a hormone specialist.

Skin sagging/wrinkles are caused by collagen degeneration, hormonal depletion and thinning of the dermal layer that occurs naturally with age. There are many ways to naturally tighten, tighten, induce collagen and replenish skin to look more refreshed, firm and supple with treatments such as radio frequency, PDO threads or microneedling.

Weight gain is common when the thyroid or female/male hormones are underactive and insulin levels are high. Most people experience weight issues in the middle as a sign of age-related hormone imbalance. Significant weight gain is not a normal part of the aging process and should be investigated.

Poor circulation, nutritional deficiencies such as iron or essential fatty acids (fish oil), hormone depletion, and lack of exercise can all contribute to memory problems.

Fatigue can be associated with an underactive thyroid, inflammation, vitamin D deficiency, unstable blood sugar levels, persistent lack of sleep, and low DHEAS or female/male hormone levels.

Hair loss and tinnitus can be caused by a sluggish, slow liver and/or kidneys that aren’t getting enough blood and nutrients to the head. The decline in the aging hormone can also contribute.

Start early to promote healthy aging! The sooner you begin optimizing your health to promote healthy aging, the sooner you’ll be able to slow the aging clock from turning on the path to promoting age-related diseases. If you want to ensure that your life is long, prosperous, and full of vitality and energy, take action today to live the life you most desire. FBN

By Christina Kovalik NMD, LAc

dr Christina Kovalik NMD, LAc, The Vitality Doctor, is a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist specializing in hormone optimization, optimal health and vitality. She is a new resident of Flagstaff, having been in practice since 2004 and opening her second location in Doney Park in 2020. For more information, visit or call 928-863-6086.

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