Thursday, April 28, 2016
Many people take multi-vitamins every day. But do they work? The pharmaceutical industry would like you to believe that they do. No matter what, it is controversial. The truth of the matter is that 1 billion people don't get enough vitamin D, which is critical to aging and longevity.
You can ask your doctor to give you a simple blood test called, 25-hydroxy vitamin D test. It can tell you how deficient you might be in vitamin D; 1 billion people don't get enough vitamin D, and you could be one of them.
A study has linked vitamin D deficiency with an increased risk for cancer and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis MS, and lupus, and even heart diseases. According to researchers, mapping vitamin D receptors binding throughout the human genome, vitamin D deficiency is a major environmental factor responsible for the increasing the risk of developing diseases and disorders that may adversely affect aging and longevity.
The cause of deficiency is a combination of not getting enough exposure to the sun and not having enough vitamin D in their diets.
Change your diet to increase your level of vitamin D. Eat more oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel and tuna, egg yolks and mushrooms, as well as cereal and milk fortified with vitamin D. Of course, exposure to the sun (in the morning or late afternoon) may give you 20,000 IUs of vitamin D. Vitamin D must be processed by the liver and kidneys into a form (calcitriol) that can attach to vitamin D receptors in most of the body's cells. Your body stores one form of previtamin D, called dehydrocholesterol, in the skin. When your skin absorbs sunlight, it is transformed into previtamin D3 (cholecalciferol).
Vitamin D can lift moods and strengthen bones -- they are critical to the elderly. Advancement in age may make an individual become easily depressed, especially when confronted with many life challenges and health issues. Brittle bones are conducive to falls, one of the many causes of death among the elderly.
To spend the rest of your golden years in good health with fewer aches and pains, take a walk in the late morning or in the early evening to get as such sunshine as possible to enhance your vitamin D intake.
Read my book Your Golden Years and Santa Claus to find out how to enhance your health in your golden years and
Copyright© by Stephen Lau
Sunday, April 17, 2016
As you continue to age, you may have eye problems, such as weak vision. This may be due to weak eye muscles. Your body muscles control your body movements, while your eye muscles control your vision. Therefore, strengthening your eyes muscles holds the key to enhancing your deteriorating vision -- just as a saying goes: use it or lose it.
Healing does not take place on its own; it has to be initiated. Lao Tzu, the famous ancient Chinese philosopher, once said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with taking the first step.” If you want vision healing, you must demonstrate your intention to heal yourself.Many people know what to do or rather what they should do, but most of them still don’t do it; knowing is one thing, while doing it is another.
You must have the desire to improve your vision.In order to do something right, you need to know why you should do it, as well as how to do it right. In other words, you must empower yourself with knowledge to do it right.
There is a saying: “Seeing is believing.” But if you “believe” what you “see” in your mind’s eye, you will “see” the result of what you “believe”; that is, if you believe what you see, you will see what you believe—that is, setting goals.Finally, you need commitment, which is practice, and practice, and more practice to achieve your goals.
Vision deterioration is due to (1) weakness of eye muscles due to aging; (2) stress in eyes as a result of lack of eye relaxation; (3) bad vision habits over the years, such as eye fixation, eye straining, etc.; (4) nutrition and lifestyle.
Believe me, you will improve your vision even as you continue to age if you do some eye exercises everyday .But you must have the intention, desire, knowledge, goals, and commitment.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau