HEALTHY AGING – It Starts From The Inside Out.

HEALTHY AGING – It Starts From The Inside Out.

January 13, 2021

By Tammy-Lynn McNabb, RHNP

You are what you eat!

 

We often look at the foods we eat as a connection to how our bodies look.  Great food, and we look great, poor diet and the weight packs on. We challenge our followers to look at food and dieting from a different perspective. Ask yourself…..How does the food I eat impact my ageing process?  Does it give me more energy? Does my skin look clearer, younger and brighter? Can it relieve the inflammation in my body and reduce the pain I’m experiencing in my joints? Does it help me sleep longer or deeper each night?

The first and necessary step towards healthy ageing is your nutrition plan. Food plays a massive role in your health and wellness, which is why you should always control your intake – both what you’re eating and how much you’re eating. Different foods can shape your health and, accordingly, your ageing progress. Having the right diet is essential for looking and feeling younger so, don’t take this lightly as it might be the key to your healthy ageing. 

Some tips include:

  • Participate regularly in (or at least a couple of times a year), a robust detox program.

  • Detox your liver and support with Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, Burdock Root and Methionine.

  • Supplements that support a detox include DIM, Indole 3 Carbinol, Turmeric Extract & Curcumin.

  • Cruciferous vegetables, cabbage, garlic, brussels sprouts & dark leafy veg help expel toxins from your body.

  • Consuming 35 grams of fibre and lots of water will help in a healthy detox.

(ask your practitioner for advice on which supplements are right for you)

 

Medication Control

 

Medicine is not always considered to be the right approach in treating all symptoms and diseases. There’s no doubt that certain medications are essential and vital for treating specific illnesses. However, if you can manage your symptoms using natural methods and remedies, you could definitely benefit in the long run. Speak with your MD and a Naturopathic practitioner to help determine a program that is right for you.

Activity is Key

One of the best habits you can form in being healthy and slowing the ageing process is by being active. Allowing your body the opportunity to move and move often will give you more energy than you can imagine. This coming from someone who isn’t the biggest fan of traditional, in the gym exercising in general. But move and move often.

It is one thing to have the looks of a younger version of you. Yet, it is much more rewarding to actually feel the more youthful soul in you. If you’re tired, depressed, always catching a cold or flu, you’ll never be able to keep up with all that life throws your way. By keeping yourself active at all times, will ensure better body performance and better ageing. Activity is the key to better body health and wellness. Go for walks with the dog; find a hobby that makes you move, like gardening; try a local yoga class for newbies (or one online) that will keep your muscles from seizing up and look at each moment of movement as a small (yet significant) gift to yourself.

Screening Should Be Frequent

Never stop yourself from getting screened! Let me repeat this – NEVER STOP YOURSELF FROM GETTING SCREENED.

Testing is an essential step in maintaining your health and ensuring your long-term physical and mental wellness. Harmful ageing is usually caused by a failure in taking care of your self through regular check-ups. Certain sneaky diseases and bacteria can be hiding in your body, slowly causing damage over time. Some of this damage is irreversible and could lead to a health crisis.

Refraining from getting tested could allow such setbacks to increase and affect you in the long run. I set reminders for my regular testing like mamograms, colonoscopies (my father had colon cancer) and PAP Tests into my phone calendar. Recently my mammogram found suspicious cells and a lump. Although benign, these cells were pre-cancerous and the mass was surgically removed. It took three months of testing and waiting which isn’t suitable for anyone, but the alternative to not testing could have been the growth of a potentially fatal disease.

Fibre, Fibre and More Fibre.

If you make any dietary changes this coming year, make sure that increasing your fibre intake is one of them. Fibre is more than being regular.  Fibre, in its various forms, is the tool to scrub your body from the inside.  Fibre also helps you feel fuller longer, can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels and can assist in preventing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer. By increasing the bulk of your stool, you are diluting possible carcinogens that are present in your diet and decreasing transit time through the colon.

What are some easy ways to increase your fibre intake? Try any of the following:

  • Beans. Lentils and other beans are an easy way to sneak fibre into your diet in soups, stews and salads.
  • Broccoli. Eat it raw or cooked, your body will thank you.
  • Berries. Berries get a lot of attention for their antioxidants, but they’re low in sugar and full of fibre.
  • Avocados. Source of fibre and healthy fats.
  • Popcorn.
  • Whole Grains.
  • Apples.

As you may or may not know, Rogers Foods has created several blends of oats and grains that take all of the guessings out of consuming enough fibre in your diet.   Rogers Porridge Oats and Healthy Grains contains – Oats, Oat Bran, Wheat Bran and Flaxseeds and our Porridge Oats and Ancient Grains contain a combination of 8 different grains (Oat, rye, barley, spelt and khorasan flakes, oat bran, millet, flaxseed, quinoa flakes) forming a wholesome blend with a high fibre count. With a single serving containing 20% fibre, the combination of whole grains provides the benefits of iron, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous. The arrangement of the ancient grains delivers all the essential elements required for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Here’s a link to all of our high fibre products: CLICK HERE 

 

 

References:
https://nutritionaustralia.org/app/uploads/2020/05/Fibre-2014.pdf
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-get-more-fibre-into-your-diet/#:~:text=There%20is%20strong%20evidence%20that,help%20digestion%20and%20prevent%20constipation.
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/fibre-in-food

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