What Do Your Heart and Anti-Aging Have To Do With Each Other?

Let’s face it, whether you’re 20, 30, 40 or 50, you are aging, but the closer you get to the latter, the more important it is to help our bodies do what they are supposed to naturally do.

 

As we age, we may need to consider additional or different means of support depending on our individual nutritional status. In most cases we all need connective tissue support, additional immune support and other dietary supplements. Collagen is key, but it may not be the only necessary addition. In order for collagen to get into the cells and to be utilized to the fullest often additional vitamin C is necessary, usually in clinical doses.

Both of these are a good place to start in order to keep skin, hair and nails looking healthy, but what you can’t see is that it also helps muscle and connective tissue, including keeping your heart healthy. Heart health may not be what we typically think of when adding collagen to the diet, but it is an important one and the same goes for vitamin C.

 

So, you may be wondering where to start. It is important to keep in mind there are several types of collagen and the most important types for anti—aging purposes are key. There is a great post regarding how to choose the right collagen supplement for your purposes at Positive Health and Wellness. Click here to learn more.

 

Also, vitamin C is critically important in allowing Collagen to enter cells effectively. Many of us are actually chronically low with our vitamin C nutritional status, which may come as a surprise, so clinical doses may be necessary. Cardiovascular disease is actually a disease where improvement can be made with clinical doses of vitamin C. I am talking about 6 grams or above, which is tough to do orally as there can be digestive upset that comes with doses at this level.

 

I.V. therapy may actually be necessary to get nutritional levels to an optimal place for some people. The form of vitamin C that you use is also critical, at least where heart health is concerned. You want pure ascorbic acid, that is not sourced from China or derived from corn and that is not buffered or that does not include minerals, because this in turn can throw your mineral status off at clinical doses.

 

So, if you’re wondering what you can do to help yourself age gracefully, consider adding some collagen and additional vitamin C to your regimen.

 

Cheers!

Top 4 Ways to Ease the Transition into Fall

 

According to Chinese Medicine, Autumn actually begins in August. If you pay attention closely you will notice the subtle changes taking place, such as less daylight and cooler mornings and evenings. This is a time of transition and there are ways to help your body and mind ease into the season and guard against becoming ill.

 

MIND

This is a season for recognizing any sadness and grief. Its best to allow these to surface and work through and feel any sadness or grief that you are experiencing. If you bottle these feelings and bury them, its more likely that you’ll become sick, most likely with some sort of upper respiratory infection or a G.I. infection. Lungs and Large Intestine are most vulnerable at this time of year. So, Feel your sadness and grief and then release them to the universe after they no longer serve you.

 

 

BODY

If you’ve been working out and you feel its not that effective, it may be the perfect time to change up what you are doing, The truth is, this is the time of year our bodies need more rest and relaxation. This is the time of year to slow down and be more deliberate in your actions. Consider a new yoga practice OR Pilates class. This may be the perfect physical activity to shift into or to add to your workouts to make them more effective.

 

 

SOUL

This is the perfect time for introspection to examine and evaluate your life. It is time to investigate what is inside, what makes you tick and what no longer serves you and to quietly listen to your own needs. This is a great time to allow yourself personal space and a place for your mind to rest and be quiet. I love the sauna at this time of year because it gives me just that, a quiet place away from everything and everyone. It’s a place I can allow myself some peace and quiet reflection even if its just for 20 minutes. Its important to find a way to escape our busy lives even if its for a short period of time.

 

 

NOURISHING THE BODY AND WARDING OFF ILLNESS

This is the perfect time of year to move away from raw, cold foods (such as salads) to eating warm, cooked foods (such as soups). Squash, root vegetables, roasted chickens and plenty of herbs, pungent and sour foods are all great choices at this time of year, but certainly not the only choices. Bone broth is an excellent choice as it is very healing and can be preventative prior to getting sick. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are great herbs of autumn and all have healing qualities. Onions and garlic are also good additions to meals as they have healing qualities as well. Mushrooms are a good choice as seasons change. If you feel like you’re on your way to becoming ill, it’s a good idea to eliminate all, dairy, gluten and eggs until you’re feeling much better.

 

If you’re struggling to align yourself with the season, contact me… I can help.

Merrit Bachman

Lifestyle Educator

The Vital Beet

merrit@thevitalbeet.com