“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”
Gold turns to Silver, Dark becomes Light…
Time shapes us…Here are some tips on how to age gracefully.
Feed your Body Well
- Enjoy Your Food—what we tell our body becomes reality.
- Learn to love Produce. Colorful fruits and vegetables provides many phytonutrients including anti-oxidants that help your body decrease inflammation which ages it rapidly.
- Get adequate protein for your lean body mass. Protein is lost as you age. Amino acids are the building blocks for all life—your muscles, bones, and organs, your hormones, neurotransmitters, and immune factors, and especially all the enzymes that catalyze every bodily function. And essential amino acids come from protein!
- Eat healthy fats. Especially omega 3 fatty fish. Olive oil, nut oils, coconut oil, flax and hemp seed oils, avocados provide good fats for healthy cell function and adequate hormone production.
- Drink red wine. One of the most powerful antioxidants, this super anti-aging food is enjoyed by theMediterranean people who have some of the best ratings of health and longevity in the world.
- Eat only whole grains—go sparingly on the refined grains and flours and especially processed foods which are stripped of nutrients.
- Cleanse your body with Vegies—Stop fasting and start fueling your metabolism.
Exercise your Body Joyfully
- Exercise at least 3-5 times per week. Aerobic exercise (activity that makes you breathe hard) can slow the aging process by stimulating mitochondrial growth and activity. At the cellular level, age is a process of declining energy production. And energy comes form abundant, healthy functioning mitochondria.
- Be active all day to avoid the “sitting disease”. Sitting more than a couple of hours a day is associated with diabetes, heart disease, poor sleep, and cognitive decline.
- Grow a Garden. Gardening is a physical activity that provides exercise, connection with the earth and home grown produce!
- Walk everywhere you can. Depend less on motorized transportation and more on the perfect vehicle of your body.
- Carry your own stuff. Upper body strength can be built and maintained as you age by continuing your daily activities.
Take care of your Brain
- Play games. Cards and other memory games can increase memory and attention.
- Engage with other people. Regular social interaction especially with people of different ages stimulates your brain.
- Take a class. Learning a new skill increases attention, memory, and problem solving abilities.
- Mind over Matter. If you believe you will age poorly, your body will manifest age-related decline.
- Antioxidants to help your cells clean house.
- Omega 3’s to protect against inflammation.
- Digestive aides to help assimilate nutrients form the foods you eat.
- Probiotics to keep your gut healthy.
- Super greens to provide your body with extra phytonutrients.
- Amino acids to provide the building blocks for healthy brain function and rebuild tissues.
- Plant based vitamins and minerals that are activated and easily absorbed.
And to help you simplify your supplement regime, I created Genesis Gold® which has all the anti-aging micronutrients to help you age more gracefully.
To your long healthy life!
As our population lives longer than ever before, many of us are becoming caretakers for our elderly.
As the brain ages, sleep lightens. When enough sleep is missed, the brain can become over stimulated. Then it becomes even more difficult to get needed rest.
In desperation, most of us tend to reach for either pharmaceutical drugs or natural remedies to help us sleep.
Some elderly people get overstimulated by that which should calm them down. It can be the first dose or an over accumulation of medications or supplements that they haven’t completely metabolized. Read the rest of this entry »
Stress—a fact of modern day living, and the cause of so many diseases. Stress has been linked to heart disease, cancer, allergies, autoimmune disease, thyroid dysfunction, mood disorders and obesity.
While stress affects many parts of the body, the adrenals are responsible for creating the stress response.
What are the Adrenals?
The adrenals are small glands that lie on top (ad) of the kidneys (renals). These amazing glands have multiple functions. While the adrenals are endocrine glands producing hormones in response to pituitary stimulus that control carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, the adrenals also respond to neurological stimuli to initiate the fight or flight response, as well as electrolytes circulating in the blood to control blood pressure, and produce cytokines that influence immune function.
That’s a lot of responsibility for one pair of glands. Read the rest of this entry »
Can you balance your brain with nutrition? Well, science says yes. Our brains need specific nutrients for proper functioning. And malfunctioning brains need more.
At the center of the brain lies the maestro—the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus orchestrates the symphony of hormones produced by the neuro-immune-endocrine system. These “hormones” control all of your body’s functioning—digestion, detoxification, growth, repair, sleep, sex drive, reproduction, stress response, metabolism, body composition, immunity, healing, cognition, learning and memory.
The hypothalamus also controls the amino acids that the rest of the brain uses to function. And most people do not get the proper nutrition to supply the brain with what it needs for optimal function. That’s one of the reasons antidepressants, anti-anxiety and memory enhancing drugs are so commonly prescribed today.
Many depressed, anxious, learning disabled and stressed patients are best served by healing their hypothalamus.
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Q: What is Genesis Gold®?
Genesis Gold® is a natural nutritional supplement, I created to keep Hormones in Harmony™, balance the brain chemistry, enhance immune function and help you reach your optimal state of wellness.
Q: What can Genesis Gold® do for me?
Genesis Gold® can help retune the body by:
· Harmonizing hormones, especially in those hormonally challenged by male and female menopause, pre-menstrual syndrome, hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, insomnia, obesity, adrenal fatigue.
· Balancing brain chemistry, especially in those suffering from depression, anxiety, forgetfulness, mental fog, and learning disabilities.
· Enhancing immune function, especially in those exposed to air-borne germs like travelers, teachers, students.
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Although I prefer to teach patients about nutrition so they can make better food choices, some need an actual diet to follow. Here’s my basic nutritional recommendations for good health:
DMAR® NUTRITIONAL PATH TO WELLNESS
Eat all the healthy fats and proteins your body needs
- Eat a variety of non-starchy vegetables
- Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains
- Drink adequate amount of water
- Eat locally grown organic foods whenever possible
- If overweight, eat fewer carbohydrates than your metabolism requires.
- Limit manmade carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners
- Limit sugar, caffeine, and alcohol
Your liver is one of the most hard working organs in your bodies. The liver is responsible for detoxifying everything you put into your bodies as well as packaging up your used up hormones for disposal by the colon. On top of detox detail, your liver produces cholesterol which acts as building blocks for cell membranes and steroid hormones. And when you consume more carbohydrate calories than you can expend, your liver repackages the sugar molecules as triglycerides (triple glucose) to be stored in your body fat.
I like to “clean house” twice a year–after the holidays and around midsummer.
And once a week, we have a cleansing meal of vegies. My husband calls it Liver Cleanse Sundays (the farmers market is open Sunday mornings where we buy the organic vegies that we don’t grow). In the winter I roast root vegetables in olive oil or grill them in the summer. I used to steam the vegetables, but found that roasting in olive oil to preserve more of the nutrients plus the vegies taste great! Read the rest of this entry »
I recently got tagged on FaceBook after one of my friends read an article called Secrets From The Island Where People Forget To Die.
My friend said, “Thought of you, Deborah, when I read this article. Sounds like your words of wisdom.”
Well, the island is Ikaria in the north Aegean Sea. The people there live well into their eight, ninth, and tenth decades. Yes, it is common to see one humdred year old Greeks in the market, gardening, enjoying life. In fact, heart disease, cancer, diabetes are rarely heard of on this island. So how is it that these people rarely suffer from the same illnesses that shorten the lives of the rest of us.
In her her new cookbook Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die, Diane Kochilas sums up as six things which I totally agree with. Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone is so concerned about high cholesterol, but did you know that very low levels of cholesterol are unhealthy. Death rates related to cholesterol levels are a J curve—over 250ng/dl and under 150ng/dl—mortality rates rise. Why?
Cholesterol is manufactured by the liver in response to the body’s need for two things: bandaids and hormones.
Cholesterol is nature’s bandaid, providing the necessary materials to shore up damaged tissues and support cells.
Cholesterol is also at the center of every steroid hormone: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA, aldosterone. The word steroid comes from “sterol”—the cholesterol molecule at the root of every steroid hormone.
Finally after 25 years of merging the Science of Medicine with the Art of Healing, I put all my Intuitive Integrative pearls of wisdom to help You tap into your innate ability to heal in a book!
Hormones in Harmony®: Heal Your Hypothalamus for Optimal Health, Graceful Aging and Joyous Energy shows you how to balance Your Hypothalamus naturally to heal Your Body, Mind, and Soul!
This is the book you’ve been waiting for. The one that reveals all my secrets to healing naturally. The one my patients wished they had to give your friends and family.
Whether you are in puberty or approaching the pause, male or female, your health and well-being is determined by your hormonal balance.
Hormones in Harmony® is my story, it’s your story. If you have a body, you have hormones and this is YOUR Story!
There’s lots of graphics to illustrate how your wonderful human body works and how to heal it naturally.
If you’ve tried every diet, every lifestyle change, every meditation, every supplement and still aren’t experiencing optimal health, this is the book you need!
May your hormones be in harmony
Deborah Maragopoulos FNP
Intuitive Integrative Health