Healthy Ways to Significantly Slow the Aging Process
The understanding of the mind-body connection is more and more recognized as integral to true health and vitality. Mind-body health is based on the idea of the mind influencing the physical body. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health defines mind-body interventions as those practices that "employ a variety of techniques designed to facilitate the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms.”
Our brains are connected to the body via the nervous system. Stressful thoughts we continue to entertain have a significant effect on our physiology and most of us observe this as fact a great deal of the time.
In this blog post, I would like to share with you an aspect of the mind-body connection that is less obvious but just as important. This information will affect everyone you know, young and old, men and women.
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This aspect is the aging process and the very real possibility of slowing it down, even bringing it to a halt.
Let me give you a little background. Two years ago I began to see major aging in my own body. I would peer at the mirror and see fine lines and liver spots I never had on my porcelain skin. I was noticing itchy-dry skin and my hair went brittle. What really got me was the lack of energy to go to the gym or to enjoy my evenings. I found it hard to keep up with daily life. This was all new to me. After all, I was only 30! Suddenly, I was in need of some anti-aging medicine.
I knew about the cosmetic ads that promise to make your pores smaller, and I had also seen plenty of ads for fat-reducing pills and shakes for improved muscle mass. Aside from that, I knew very little about the specific science of anti-aging medicine.
Many of us lean toward being action oriented and we want to get things done and I was one of them. What I did not know before this acceleration of aging in my body is how burning the candle at both ends would eventually catch up with me. Not only was I taxing my physical body, I was not giving my mind a break or nurturing it with enough thoughts and physiological routines to uplift it and therefore have a more positive effect on my body.
So I began my journey to feel and look 24 years old. The first step included cleaning my body by colon cleanse and heavy metal detoxification. Then I was introduced to specific herbs and glandular nutrition to rebuild the energy stores of the adrenals and thyroid. Next, I discovered the world of bio-identical hormone therapy with the thyroid hormone known as T3 (triiodothyronine) and natural progesterone to keep me glowing.
All the discoveries I made added up to a program of anti-aging medicine.
As I entered this world of anti-aging, I was given a book by Suzanne Somers entitled Breakthrough—8 Steps to Wellness. The steps outlined in the book were, in fact, what I had discovered at places like The Chopra Center in New York City with Ayurvedic doctors. During this time, I also spent many private sessions with anti-aging physicians who are creating wellness centers all over the world.
And as I have found answers, I’ve shared this valuable information with the patients who visit my office. We explore their lab work and arrive at affordable nutritional options that just make sense. I have fallen in love with helping others in the arena of how mind-body relates to aging.
In a magical moment, I was invited to speak at the 2009 Las Vegas Parker Seminars where more than 3,000 chiropractors gathered to expand their knowledge on chiropractic. I shared the stage with Suzanne Somers as well as Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, and Dr. John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.
On the stage with them I felt a deep sense of gratitude for the journey I had been on and humbled by where all the searching had led me. I realized my suffering was universal in this toxic day and age. And I realized I might not have found the keys to youth had I not been confronted with the challenges of aging at so young an age myself.
It’s important that we all maintain the most beautiful thing we own—our health! It will reflect in our appearance!