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How Fast Is Your Body Aging?
All of us are aging and on the clock..
But are you aging well?
The truth is…
As you age, a decline in function and performance is inevitable.
Are there people in your life right now who you are watching aging poorly and struggling?
What if you could take a different approach and defy your aging process?
Aging is often viewed and accepted through false myths and misconceptions around what the aging process has to look like.
There is a choice to be made.
Embrace aging as most everyone else does as a constant and slow deterioration of your mind and body... OR
Change the movie of your aging process.
Aging can be about maintaining resiliency by investing your time and effort.
Which movie would you prefer?
As a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner I have worked with numerous clients over the years who have lived out both movies.
Some accepted the myths and misconceptions and embraced the decline as “thats just aging” while others...
I realized they had a choice to make and took action and reframed how they saw themselves aging.
Those who rewrote their movie of aging, had a more positive view on their lives, they were able to maintain their independence and had a greater sense of community.
There are always ups and downs to aging but by letting go of the old outdated perceptions of how we have to age, we can thrive throughout the entire aging process.
This is where I can help.
I’m Jenny Sechler, DC, GNP, FNP and over the past 30 years I have seen people age poorly while others aged well.
It is now my passion and intention to help as many people as I can to rewrite their aging movies, empowering them to maintain their resiliency and thrive throughout their entire life.
Keep reading to learn about the 4 most common things that are done which do not help.
Here Are Four Things That Don’t Work... But Most People Try Anyway
Did you know prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death?
The greatest number of prescription drug related hospitalizations and deaths occur from drugs that are properly prescribed and taken as directed.
That is very alarming..
Nearly 60-70% of Americans take at least one prescribed drug with over half of the prescribed medications given from more than one health care provider drastically increasing the risk of adverse side effects.
One of the most popular drugs on the market today is given to treat heartburn commonly referred to as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). These medications work by suppressing stomach acid.
These drugs were initially created to be taken for short term only.
However GERD drugs are being taken long term by thousands of people and research is revealing long term use of these medications increases the risk for Stomach Cancers and Dementia.
Even if you’re not taking a GERD type drug, every medication has some type of side effect.
As a general rule, the older we get, the more medications a person takes. Most side effects are medically minor and include:
- Muscle aches
- Gastro-intestinal discomfort
The more medications a person takes the increased likelihood of side effects with a common scenario of giving yet another drug to offset the side effects of the previous one.
These side effects decrease productivity and increase the risk for falls and other accidents.
Medications are necessary and helpful in many situations however…
They are over utilized and rarely does a Doctor evaluate a client's medications at their visits as a typical patient is seeing multiple doctors who are all giving their own drugs.
More often than not, any side effects experienced from medications are written off as “normal aging”
The bottom line..
If you need to take a medication(s) know why you’re taking them and what the side effects are.
Don’t become hooked into the false way of thinking.
Ask questions and be informed about any medications that you might need and use them for the short term while the root causes are identified.
#2. WATCHING WHAT YOU EAT
Our relationship with food is a complex one.
We need to eat to survive yet…
Do you eat to nourish yourself or to indulge?
On average people tend to eat the same 8-10 foods on a regular basis and research is revealing that most people eat the wrong kinds of foods.
The truth is..
Most people don’t eat enough protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidant rich foods.
Many people eat on the run or in front of the television which affects overall breakdown and digestion of their meal negatively.
Unfortunately, conversations with Doctor’s regarding diets are usually short and uninspiring.
The most common thing we hear is “just watch what you eat” as you age.
This advice commonly proves to be bad information.
The truth is most doctors get little to no nutritional training in medical school.
Eating the same diet you ate in your 30’s is unlikely to support you now in your 50’s and 60’s and beyond.
4 keys to know about your diet and eating as you age are:
- Stomach acid (HCL) production decreases which affects the absorption of nutrients to include B12, calcium, iron and magnesium.
- Motility is slower which increases the risk for parasites, viral and bacterial infections.
- Production of pancreatic enzymes also decreases affecting assimilation of your food that ultimately creates energy.
- In our 40’s and beyond, healthy fats are crucial to brain health along with adequate protein for sustaining muscle mass and energy.
The bottom line…
Watch what you eat doesn’t work...
Customizing a diet plan to fit your age, your activity level and any health issues you currently have is the preferred way.
By optimizing nutrient breakdown and assimilation of your food, your mind and body can receive everything it needs to sustain or increase your overall well being.
Use food and partner your diet with your age and lifestyle to ultimately support your goals to feel alive throughout the entire aging process.
#3: ACCEPTING DECLINE AS NORMAL "AGING"
We have all seen a family member or friend decline with age. It’s painful to watch.
Some seem to embrace aging as a badge of honor and think suffering is part of aging while others just accept it as an inescapable and arduous time.
The truth is..
We are all aging but we’re not being “sentenced” to age in a certain way. .
There is another option.
Know what to expect as you age and adapt to the changes before age grabs you.
It’s common for limiting beliefs to accompany aging.
Two of the most common things I hear is my genetics are deciding my aging and there’s just nothing I can do.
While genetics has become a popular part of integrative practices, it does not decide your fate.
So don’t let it..
While we can learn so much from our genetic patterns, we are not a victim to them and they certainly don’t determine our future unless you buy into the lie.
Our genes reveal our tendencies but research is showing that we can influence our genetics by our lifestyle choices.
Additionally, our aging beliefs need to be examined and it's common to carry the same beliefs our family members have lived out over the years.
Sadly, most of them are false and detrimental to our true abilities.
Ask yourself what do you believe about aging and how you will age? It could shed some light on your current lifestyle and choices.
So, the bottom line is we have a choice to make.
You can accept “this is just the way it is”: OR
Challenge old and false beliefs regarding the aging process.
By stepping away from these outdated patterns, you can choose to become involved in strategies to optimize your mind and body as you age and experience well being throughout your entire life.
#4. NATURAL SOLUTIONS
The anti aging market has exploded over the last ten years. In 2018, the anti aging market was estimated at about 50 billion dollars.
Our society drives people to look good in every way. We see it on television, in magazines and in salons.There is constantly more social pressure to work on yourself and look younger.
The majority of consumers are women though men are gaining momentum. The cosmetic industry is where the vast majority of money is invested.
Hundreds to thousands of dollars are spent on things from creams, patches to lasers and injections.
Unfortunately many of the promises made leave people unfulfilled and leave your wallet a little lighter.
Most of the products contain antioxidants that can be somewhat effective in preventing or reversing skin damage. Despite the claims though, many topical products contain very low concentrations of antioxidants that are poorly absorbed by the skin producing short term effects.
It’s like using a bandaid to cover up the real issues of aging.
Topical products, high dollar lasers and injections can provide some short term improvement but don’t address the underlying changes that are happening within the aging body.
We can’t hide from the clock of aging…
While there seems to be many things that don’t help the aging process..
Here’s 3 keys that support healthy aging and can actually improve how you age.
Here Are Three Things You Can Do Right Now to Make a Change in Your Favor...
#1. Support Your Aging Digestive Tract
It is a fact that as we age, the digestive system changes.
Two things that happen in the aging digestive system:
- Our HCL (hydrochloric acid) production decreases within the stomach.
- There is a decrease in digestive enzymes from the pancreas.
These changes create additional challenges to properly digest our food which requires action steps on our part but often are neglected or ignored.
Supplementing with HCL and digestive enzymes can support the digestion of your food to promote optimal energy and absorption of your nutrients.
Eating an increasingly variety of fruits and vegetables is advantageous to the breakdown and assimilation of your foods.
Eating raw foods contain more enzymes and can help promote better digestion. Try to have something raw with one of your meals everyday.
Supporting your digestion by eating a variety of colored food.
The goal is to create a colored food chart and the key is to try to eat 1 or 2 servings of each color daily. How many can you taste in a day.
Eat foods with these colors:
- Red-apples, kidney beans, beets, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
- Orange- Apricot, cantaloupe, orange, pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes
- Yellow-Banana, bell peppers, corn, lemon, pear, pineapple
- Green-asparagus, apples, bell peppers, broccoli, cucumber, leeks, spinach, celery.
- Blue/Purple- blueberries, eggplant, figs, grapes, plums, raisins, potatoes
- White/Brown-applesauce, brown rice, coconut, garlic, chickpeas, sauerkraut, seeds.
#2. SUPPORT YOUR ORAL MICROBIOME
It’s like a silent invader that nobody notices...
Viral bacteria all live in our mouth yet we don’t notice..
According to a study at Harvard, there is a correlation between dental health and coronary heart disease. Many experts believe that the origin of many health problems actually originate in the mouth but are left unchecked..
So, what can you do..
First, know this:
As we age, our saliva decreases creating a dryer environment within our mouths. This affects not only our teeth but adds an additional challenge to break down your food.
Ultimately, your teeth and gums need more care.
Many people have several root canals and other issues that often get ignored as contributing to the general health of our bodies. These are common places for hidden infections that are contributing to seemingly unrelated health problems like:
- Digestive issues
- Memory and brain fog
While we wait to hear more from the research being done regarding the impact the oral microbiome can have on our overall health, we can support the oral microbiome easily.
Here’s an Aloe-Vera Gum healing mouthwash that is a gentle effective tool that contains anti inflammatory properties for both gingivitis and periodontitis as well as promoting gum healing and gingivitis management.
- ½ cup aloe vera juice
- ½ cup filtered water-distilled is the best
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 drops favorite essential oil for flavor
- 1 drop tea tea essential oil
Mix everything together in your glass bottle and give it a good shake.
After brushing, swish around a tablespoon or so for about 30 seconds, then spit it out. Do this twice daily. Sometimes the baking soda settles to the bottom so you might need to give it a shake before each use.
#3. OPTIMIZE YOUR CELLULAR HEALTH
Antioxidants and supplements are a piece to healthy cells; however…
What's commonly missed is cleansing your cells.
We are so busy taking supplements and eating that we forget that our cells need a break from all of these things.
Intermittent fasting is an essential element to cellular health.
Your cells will improve their functionality and let go of old toxins, and environmental stresses they have been hanging onto for way too long.
The research on intermittent fasting has blown everyone away by the results they have revealed.
Intermittent fasting has been found to:
- Promote weight loss
- Reduce blood pressure
- Cholesterol lowering effects
- Helps with elevated blood sugar levels and decreases insulin resistance.
It doesn't cost anything unless you want to use an organized program like Pro lon that sends you food like nuts, seeds and soups for 5 days. The best results have been seen by doing this 5 days for 3 months in a row.
While you don’t need to pay for a program, others find 16 hours intermittent fasting just as good.
There are many different ways to fast, generally your meals are eaten within an 8 hour period between the hours of 10am to 6pm.
The frequency differs according to different sources and various health challenges but generally intermittent fasting can be done weekly or for several days in a row every month.
Aging is not a condition that any of us can stop. Our muscles get weaker by the decade, our digestion slows down and our hormones decline all resulting in a decreased sense of well being for most people.
But it doesn't have to be this way...
Here’s How You Can STOP Aging...
Regardless of where you are in your aging journey, it's time to stop and check in with yourself.
Do you know how well you are aging and how much time do you have left?
If you’re over 50 it's likely you have less than 10,000 days left to live.
So, you have a simple choice.
Suffer and experience an uncomfortable and painful aging process OR...
Choose to rebel against the common myths and actually embrace aging and enjoy every day you have left.
How do you do this?
There are 5 pillars of aging that provide opportunities for the mind and body to flourish and experience well being regardless of your biological age.
By incorporating these concepts into your daily life, aging can be an enjoyable story rather than a painful one.
Addressing these 5 pillars of aging, you can be the director of your own aging movie vs. being just a member of the cast and experience the fallout of age old lies.
The pillars include:
- Digestion - The digestive enzymes produced are diminished and gut motility is slower.
- Hormones - Your bodies hormones tend to decline and affect your wellbeing
- Detoxification - Glutathione is the major detoxifier in the body and decreases with age.
- Cognition - Our mental capacity is noticeably decreased and we experience decreased neuroplasticity as we age.
- Physical strength - Our muscle strength decreases every decade starting at the age of 40.
These are the primary areas that are affected by aging and there are steps to take to address and support these areas.
Chronological Aging vs Biological Aging
Chronological age matches with our birthdays. It's simply the time since you're born.
Biological age represents your cells being on the clock and accelerates or slows down due to genetics, lifestyle choices, nutritional status, stress and illness.
- The number of years that have passed since our birth.
- Cannot be influenced by lifestyle and eating habits.
- Has little relevance to how you feel and function.
How old your cells really are, therefore, our True age which is the metric most highly correlated to their ability to function.
Can be reversed by attending to your health.
- The most important component to the aging process.
While chronological age is a factor, you may not end up having the same biological age as your chronological age. It could be better or worse.
For example, if you're a 35 year old female who smokes and eats a crappy diet and is unhappy in her life, it's likely her biological age is going to be much worse and likely greater than 35.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to defy aging, schedule your "Complete Aging Analysis" for $979, which includes state of the art aging testing to calculate your biological age vs. chronological age and a plan to make it better.
I look forward to working with you.
In optimal health,
Recommendations From Past Patients
“I thought I was in good health and had my gallbladder out in 1990 without incident or so I thought. I went many years feeling ok and thought everything was ok. I didn’t have the energy I used to but thought that was just normal aging.
I shared with her I wasn’t able to eat many foods anymore as I would feel sick, I had gained weight slowly over the past few years and wasn’t eating more so didn’t understand why.
Dr. Jenny spent some time asking me many questions and we developed a plan of action. Dr. Jenny gave me a few supplements. First I had to eradicate the pathogens bacteria that was now interfering with my gut and then I also took a probiotic that provided good bacteria back into my gut. One of the most important things I did was start taking a supplement to help with fat digestion. Since I no longer have a gall bladder I don’t the ability to digest fat as I should so I call this gallbladder in a bottle. Over the course of the next couple months, I started feeling significantly better and I started losing weight. Over the course of 9 months I lost 60 plus pounds and feel like myself again. The body is amazing if we are able to identify the underlying causes and provide it wthl the information it needs to thrive.”
Sue B. // Patient
Dr. Jenny Sechler DC, GNP, FNP is a dedicated clinician committed to working with clients who are struggling with finding the answers to their health issues. After spending many years in the traditional medicine model trying to address her own health issues of years of antibiotic use and digestive issues, she learned to look at health in a different way. She began to use strategies that began to tap into the self healing abilities of the body and utilizing principles that look to identify and address underlying root causes contributing to clients symptoms rather than just covering them up. She is passionate on creating solution oriented programs that empower clients that enable them to heal and thrive in their lives.
Pam R. // Patient
“I had started having pain across my back when I was pregnant at age 26. They told me it was my gallbladder and after I delivered I had my gallbladder out and felt good and my symptoms went away. I was told the gallbladder wasn’t necessary and I won’t even know it’s gone. I believed it and I thought all was well for many years.
It was about twenty years later when I started having digestive issues like constipation and bloating although I had changed nothing in my diet or my life. I couldn’t figure it out. My energy was low all the time. I found eating smaller meals helped for a period of time. I felt like I was developing allergies to foods and to things I could previously eat. It seemed like my entire digestion was shutting down. Then I felt like my liver was swollen so I visited my doctor. They did a CT and I was told I had a fatty liver but everything was unremarkable and I was fine. I didn’t feel fine. I was becoming less and less functional with little energy anymore to do anything. I couldn’t work and was very frustrated.
She started me on a program and in a short time my constipation and bloating disappeared. I even lost a few pounds! My energy returned and now I feel great! I am grateful for what I learned, and now I have returned to work. Dr. Jenny thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Namaste.”
Gina S. // Patient