I am so worried about getting older, and developing the diseases my parents had. Is there anything I can do to prevent them?
Absolutely!! We know now that you don’t have to inherit your family’s illnesses. That the way you live is far more important that the genes you inherited from your parents, as they are changed by their internal environment. Meaning, your thoughts, feelings and emotions, and the biochemical changes caused by them, can actually turn on and off healthy and unhealthy genes, accordingly.
We also know that all chronic diseases heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), Alzheimer’s etc., are by in large lifestyle diseases. Physical inactivity in the US is one of the leading causes of these diseases, and exercise can help to reverse them. Also, a good healthy diet, authentically positive mental attitude and expressing one’s spirituality are all key ingredients to good health.
A lot of people today are worried about developing Alzheimer’s, a disease that was unheard of 40 years ago. Exercise, engagement supplements like turmeric, B complex, vitamin D, other antioxidants, can help slow down and reverse the progression of this disease.
Bottom line is if you take care of your body, it will take care of you, and you don’t have to get O-L-D (a word I don’t use). I prefer longer—living longer, sounds better and feels better than O-L-D. If you repeatedly say and believe “I’m getting older” your cells will oblige you. The fact of the matter is that at every age that is true, in terms of the length of time we’re living, but after 35, even 30, some people feel that their lives are on the decline. How tragic!! Life is a gift at each and every age. I was blessed to have parents that never allowed their age to limit them. They were in better physical shape in their seventies when I was in my thirties and that discovery led me to start exercising consistently, which I still do today.
Living each day joyfully, to the fullest and taking good care of your mind, body, and spirit is the greatest anti-aging elixir available!