Anti-Aging Part III

In the last two columns we discussed diet, exercise, rest and relaxation and their impact on health.
The importance of family and stress management have also been implicated as factors in general wellness.
Family can build a solid foundation of emotional support, a sense of belonging, an identity as well as a purpose in life. The longest living individuals notably had strong family ties and were engaged in meaningful work.
One study indicated that 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians were in some way related to psychological stress. 43% of all adults suffer from adverse effects due to stress. Some recommendations for recharging include:
• Discover your passion and share it freely
• Socialize and communicate with others
• Laugh- it boosts immunity, improves blood vessel function and lowers blood pressure
• Repetitive action to keep you in the “present moment”- yoga, tae kwon do, meditation, reading, deep breathing, jogging, swimming, walking,- even
paddling
• Chocolate!- one study showed that 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day for 2 weeks decreased stress hormones

Everything in moderation is the key. May you have time this summer to pause, breathe and enjoy spending time with those most important to you. Your health will thank you.

Just remember if you’re outside, the ultraviolet rays aren’t just bad for your skin but can elevate your risk for cataracts and macular degeneration. Use of sunglasses, as well as sunscreens that block out 99-100 % of both UV-A and UV-B radiation, offer protection.

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This information is provided by Pat Stapley Chase to help educate and stimulate consideration on life style habits for anti aging and enhanced quality and performance in life.

Pat has completed her PhD in Human Natural Health. Courses covered include Human Energy, Holistic Human development, Body and Mind Health, Herbology, Homeopathy, Cancer prevention, Toxicity and Holistic Nutrition.