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Anti-aging Question

This is often a conversation I have with my patients -“What can I start to do to slow down the aging process?”
Answer: If we are just talking about diet & nutrition then I would suggest the following strategy.
1) Reduce Inflammation: In most circumstances, inflammation is a normal part of the body’s healing process…But when it gets out of hand, it can lead to some of the most common problems associated with aging. Just about everything that can go wrong as you age can be linked back to inflammation. Cut back to 100-150 mg of carbs per day. This will help decrease inflammation in your body.

2) Avoid Hyperviscosity: This is the least known–and therefore, the most critical aspect of aging. As you get older, your blood starts to thicken, or become more viscous. That’s why you hear about so many older people on blood thinners. Thicker blood travels through your body much slower than thin blood. But your cells and organs need fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients in order to function properly. If your blood’s too slow delivering them, your body can suffer the consequences. Take omega 3 fish oils as a natural blood thinner. I recommend Omega Pure EFA by Xymogen.

3) Take care of your mitochondrial DNA: Metabolism is the wellspring of life. Mitochondria, representing a staggering 10% of body weight, are the wellspring of metabolism. Over time, mitochondria age. You lose your metabolic edge. Your look, feel and performance progressively “soften.” Three scientifically-formulated, safe and effective dietary supplements – ALAmax CR, N.O. Max, and Resveratin sold as the Mitochondrial Renewal Kit by Xymogen will help improve this.

If you are serious about your aging process, attempt to exercise at least 5 days per week.

Do something for brain fitness too.

Take supplements…I don’t care if you think it is a lot of pills. We cannot get everything we need in our diet alone.

If your hair is thinning, or your nails are brittle, or you notice early wrinkles & fine lines, RegeneMax by Xymogen is the anti-aging supplement I recommend. It goes far beyond any wrinkle cream or any other supplement I’ve seen because it rejuvenates your body — and addresses aging — cell by cell by cell.

Call Xymogen @ 1-800-647-6100 to order

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Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has these healthy benefits:
Green tea has been shown to curb some cancers
Green tea helps control blood pressure
Green tea may reduce brain plaques typical of Alzheimer’s patients
Research shows that EGCG (a catechin) is the component of green tea that makes all those benefits possible.

Celepro from Metagenics has 300 mg of Green Tea Leaf Extract in each capsule. www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Protect your joints from age-related degeneration

As we age joints tend to become less flexible, full-range movement becomes more difficult and pain and stiffness ever more apparent. 
Nutrients of particular importance for healthy aging joints includes:
• Vitamin C for collagen formation;
• Omega-3 oils (from nuts, seeds, oily fish and wheat germ) for anti-inflammatory effects;
• Sulphur-containing amino acids (from some vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and dairy products) for joint cartilage health;
• Bioflavinoids (from all fruit and vegetables, and buckwheat) for anti-inflammatory effects and improved local circulation;
• Antioxidants (selenium and vitamin E) for protection against the damaging ‘free radicals’ that proliferate in the body with age;
• Zinc and copper for a range of protective benefits.
• Glucosamine sulphate for reducing pain and stiffness, increasing mobility and offsetting the joint space narrowing that typically occurs in degenerative conditions;
• Kaprex , which provides joint relief and elasticity;

In summary, to help prevent chronic joint pain and stiffness, nutritional supplements can make a big difference.

To get all of the above ingredients I recommend taking Wellness Essential JOINT FOCUS by Metagenics( www. drjeffreytucker.meta-ehealth.com)

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Osteoporosis

Between 1995 and 2006, the rate of osteoporosis-related injuries jumped 55 percent, according to a study conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Several factors may have prompted the rise in injuries, including:
A population with greater numbers of seniors
Lack of exercise
Inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D
Increased use of medications that can lower bone mass – specifically proton-pump inhibitors (such as Prilosec and Nexium), and diuretics that treat high blood pressure
For some, the last item on that list will be surprising and amazing. Certain drugs deplete bone mass!

Older adults (both men and women) can prevent osteoporosis by exercising, drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking, increasing intake of foods that contain calcium and vitamin D, and (if necessary) taking supplements to boost calcium and D intake. I recommend Ostera by Metagenics. Order it Ostera on-line.

A supplement recommendation AND a warning about two popular classes of drugs? From a government agency?

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Osteoporosis Prevention & OSAplex

Get a Bone Density Test.
Supplement with OSAplex by XYMOGEN – this is a comprehensive, convenient and cost effective dietary supplement for support of healthy bone, cartilage and ligaments (it includes calcium and vitamin D).
Regular Weight-Bearing Exercise (I’ll teach you what you need to do).
Stopping Smoking and don’t abuse alcohol.
Get a Body Composition Test performed (I do this in the office).

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Anti-aging: Muscle Loss As We Age

Muscle wasting loss begins as early as age 25. From age 25-50 the rate of muscle loss is up to 0.5 pound/year. From age 50-late 60s the loss accelerates at up to one pound/year. After that it goes as high as 2 pounds per year to your early to mid
eighties. If you are lucky enough to make it to your mid 80s, muscle loss goes up to four pounds per year. Increase is not
linear but exponential loss.

Dr. Tucker’s comment on these stats: The purpose of exercise is to improve your functional capability and allow you to maintain your activities of daily living. I don’t think exercise is just to burn calories. When I teach clients how to exercise it is to maintain flexibility, strength and endurance. Calories will take care of themselves if you eat right, the best example being a Paleo diet or Mediteranian diet.

See my exercise article at http://www.toyourhealth.com/mpacms/tyh/article.php?id=1277

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HEALTHY AGING:

Every time your cells divide, a small portion of your DNA is lost. This is the section at the end of the chromosome, called the telomere. As you age, the telomere gets shorter and shorter. Finally, it disappears and the cell stops dividing and dies. Telomeres serve as a disposable buffer to protect chromosomes.
Physical aging occurs as more and more cells reach the end of their telomeres and die. As the process accelerates, your muscles get weaker, wrinkles appear and eyesight fades. Eventually the organs begin to fail and death occurs. Such is the nature of life.

Association of marine omega-3 fatty acid levels with telomeric aging in patients with coronary heart disease
JAMA, 2010;303:250-257
– Researchers measured telomere length in leukocyes of 608 people with stable heart disease at the beginning of the stydy and again five years later.
– People who had the lowest blood levels of two key omega-3 fats, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexenoic acid (DHA), experienced the most rapid rate of telomere shortening during the study. In contrast, those with the highest blood levels of EPA and DHA had the slowest rate of telomere shortening.

I recommend EPA-DHA 720 capsules by Metagenics. Order at clinking on the Metagenics link.

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Anti-Aging Exercises

One Leg Stand

Attempt to balance on one leg, with eyes closed. Shoes off!

Hold for 20 seconds.
Repeat 3 times per side, per set.
One set per session.
Complete 1 session per day.

Step Down/Step Up

Stand on chair or 18″ stool. Slowly bend right leg, lowering other foot to the floor. Return by straightening front leg.

Repeat 20 times per set.
Two sets per session.
Complete 1 session per day.

Deep Squat

Stand with feet shoulder/hip width apart. Squat deeply, as far as you can. Keep head and chest up and heels on the floor.

Build up to 50 squats per set.
One set per session.
Complete 1 session per day.

Opposite Arms/Knees

Lie on back with feet flat, arms straight up and palms together. Slowly rotate head and hips to one side, arms and shoulders to the opposite side. Feet will fall to the side following knees and hips.

Repeat 20 times per side, per set.
One set per session.
Complete 2 sessions per day.

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