Month: February 2016

From Less Stress to Fewer Colds, Some GOOD News!

As Jonathan Swift, the 18th century poet and author, famously said: – See more at:

“Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old.”

Now, in the 21st century, many attempt to fight back against the hands of time by trying various creams, treatments and even surgeries to look and feel younger. Others do so purely by mindset, keeping active and engaged in the world around them even as the decades pass …

But what if you could live life more fully because of your age, rather than in spite of it?

Like a fine wine or a French cheese, there really are some things that get better with age, and for those of you who haven’t yet realized what they are … this is for you.

8 Things That Get BETTER With Age

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8. Stress

While stress is obviously a universal experience among humans, those over the age of 65 report having lower stress levels, and are more likely to say they are managing their stress well, compared to younger generations.[i]

7. Allergies

If you’re over the age of 50, and certainly if you’re in your 60s, 70s or beyond, any seasonal allergies you once experienced are likely to become less severe. This is largely due to the production of the allergic antibody IgE, which increases throughout childhood and eventually starts to drop when you’re in your 40s and 50s.[ii] While some more severe allergies remain steady all throughout life, if you’re experiencing allergy symptoms in your golden years, it could actually be due to non-allergic causes, such as a sensitivity to smoke, infection or medication side effects.

6. Fewer Migraines

Millions of Americans suffer from debilitating migraine headaches. If you’re one of them, take comfort in the fact that, for many, migraines decrease or disappear entirely with age. In fact, migraines typically start around age 20 and persist for 25 years, which means you may be migraine-free by age 45.

One study further revealed that among migraine patients with an average age of 55, the headaches disappeared in 30 percent of patients during the 12-year study, and 91 percent had not had a migraine in at least two years.[iii]

5. Extra Immunity

Your body is remarkable in that every time you are exposed to a virus, it develops antibodies that help protect you against that virus in the future. This natural immunity develops over your lifetime, so by the time you’re older you’ve come into contact with far more “bugs” than someone half your age. This may explain why 20-year-olds get an average of two or three colds per year (and children many more), while after age 50 one or two colds a year is the norm.[iv]

This is also why people aged 60 and over were less likely to develop the H1N1 swine flu virus in 2009, as most had already developed some pre-existing immunity to the strain.

That said, overall your immune defenses do tend to decline with age, which is thought to be, in part, related to chronic inflammation. Inflammation is an immune response that’s meant to be temporary, but over a lifetime it often becomes chronic and systemic. As written in Immunity and Aging:[v]

“… chronic inflammation … slowly but inexorably damages one or several organs: this is a typical phenomenon linked to aging and it is considered the major risk factor for age-related chronic diseases. Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes and even sarcopenia and cancer, just to mention a few – have an important inflammatory component …

Emerging evidence suggests that pro-inflammatory genotypes are related to unsuccessful aging, and, reciprocally, controlling inflammatory status may allow a better chance of successful aging.

In other words, age-related diseases are “the price we pay” for a life-long active immune system: this system has also the potential to harm us later, as its fine tuning becomes compromised. Our immune system has evolved to control pathogens, so pro-inflammatory responses are likely to be evolutionarily programmed to resist fatal infections with pathogens aggressively.

Thus, inflammatory genotypes are an important and necessary part of the normal host responses to pathogens in early life, but the overproduction of inflammatory molecules might also cause immune-related inflammatory diseases and eventually death later.”

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Why are we telling you about chronic inflammation? Because your body’s number one defense against chronic inflammation are proteolytic enzymes, which are naturally produced in your pancreas. BUT,  your natural production declines with age, which is why these inflammation-busters become depleted in people as they hit 40 and over.

 

You don’t need to let that happen, though, because you can supply your body with the proteolytic enzymes it needs with Heal-n-Soothe (which has added benefit of STOPPING pain in its tracks).

4. Wisdom

Obviously, a lifetime of experiences is something that no school could ever teach, but even beyond life experience, it’s true that we tend to get wiser with age. Research shows that older adults make better decisions than younger adults, including being better at evaluating the benefits of each option and creating strategies in response to the environment.[vi]

3. Sex

get better with ageIt’s sometimes said that women’s sex drives diminish with age as the result of changing hormones, and it’s widely assumed that intimacy for both sexes tends to wane with increasing age.

However, according to a National Council on Aging survey, not only do many people over the age of 60 maintain active sex lives, more than 70 percent said their sex lives were either as satisfying or more satisfying than they were in their 40’s![vii]

2. Sleep

It’s often thought that sleep becomes progressively worse as we get older, but new research has revealed this may be a myth. In a study of over 155,000 adults, those 80 and over reported the fewest sleep complaints, and both sleep disturbances and the level of tiredness decreased with age.[viii]

1. Confidence

As you grow older, you become less concerned with how others perceive you and more concerned with living according to your own inner beliefs, which by now are becoming well established. With age comes experiences that allows us to accept our lives more fully and focus on the relationships and pursuits that bring us the most job and fulfillment, rather than on those that bring more superficial pleasures. As written in Psychology Today:[ix]

We grow more self-confident, less reactive to others’ expectations and more responsive to our own. Our external lives become more in sync with our internal beliefs.

… As we live longer, we realize how limited our small, circumscribed lives have been. Up until now, we have little by means of comparison, viewing ourselves and others primarily through the narrow lens of our family members, peers, neighbors and co-workers. As we accumulate years of widening experiences, we open ourselves to new perspectives that help us understand of our place in history and where we fit in the larger world.

This context can provide us a greater sense of meaning and purpose in our lives.”

How do you know that you know?

You think that you know, but do you really know?

Let’s say you have some extra pounds on your body and you have read that to lose some weight you need to eat fewer quantities of carbohydrates with your meals. Intellectually you ‘know’ that this is possible, but until you practice it, you won’t experience it and you really ‘don’t know it.’ In that case, ‘knowing it’ does not help you in any way. In fact, because you think ‘you know’ this, you would tend to ignore it, or even worse, fail to consider or disregard this information the next time you read it.

Do you know what you know?

Do you know what you know?

Herein lies the troubling feature of today’s education. We are trained to gather and collect information. The more information we have, the ‘wiser’ we are. The problem is, you often see ‘walking encyclopedias’ with countless college degrees but many of these people are broke or unemployed.
The issue arises when people incorrectly use the word ‘know’.

“Saying you know something does not mean you do.” Andy Shaw

If you want to ensure you know something, be prepared to discover a whole process you will need to understand. It’s a four stages process; I consider it is vital to be able to recognize and practice these four phases. If you do, new knowledge will be engraved forever in your memory.
To really know or master the knowledge of any subject you will need:
1. To read it, see it or perceive it intellectually.
After you perceive something with the intellect, do you know it now? No! You only got it intellectually. It’s what I call ‘a glimpse.’ You would be able to describe it, repeat it somehow to someone. However, you may easily forget it later easily. It would be better to:
2. Read it, perceive it again and delve on it
I don’t know about you, but when I have the chance to see a film or read a book a second or a third time, it is easy to discover many aspects I missed the first time. Now, after you perceive it two or three times, let me ask you: Do you think you know it now? Well, you can describe it better, explain it in more detail, share it easier or even teach it. However, Do you know it? No! You may simply forget it as you abandon the lecture or leave it awhile later. Again it’s in your intellect on a temporary basis. If you want to know it, deeply you should:

3. Start practicing or use that knowledge.
The more we practice, teach, repeat something, the deeper it penetrates into our mind. Do you know it now? Of course, not! If you cease to practice it will eventually forget what you have learned. You will need a fourth level:
4. Make it a way of life. Live it! When it becomes a way of life, then you start knowing it.
All begins with repetition. As we repeat something, we discover new angles we never saw before. Try watching a movie, or read the same book several times. You will be amazed how many things and ideas have been overlooked and how many shades, and new angles you will discover.

Saying you know something does not mean you do.

Saying you know something does not mean you do.

For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by a true family sense and I was joyful. However, I never felt like I was the smartest guy on the planet and sometimes, I was at the bottom below the average in my class. That was horrible for me because the only thing that I was able to base my intelligence on was my grades in school.
Several years after, an old audio record attracted my attention in that home. The first time I heard it, its message made such an impact on me that I had to listen to it again and again. The more I listened to it, the more meaningful my life became. Some of my friends saw me playing and listening to this record several times, and obviously they were very curious. They wanted to know why I played it, again and again, day in and day out; first thing in the morning and first thing when I came home from school.

But I had to hear that message: ‘The Strangest Secret in the World” by Earl Nightingale. Then, my life was not the same anymore. Everything was brand new for me: new aspirations, new purposes, and new ideas. Then my grades were much better. I was always in the first pack all through high school. I knew I had ‘holes’ in my character yet, also knew I was talented in music and drawing and was great at connecting with people and memorizing things. So, I decided to let go of the things that I wasn’t great at all. I was giving my best in all things but in some areas, I was not much better. So, I let go of many areas I couldn’t go further, and I focused my energy towards what I was great at and put my best into that every single day. Finally, I found that by giving my best every single day of the things I loved, I was going to build momentum over time.
Then, I changed my study habits, and I began to think differently. My life was propelled to new heights. I faced some opposition because I started to charter a new course. Some thought I was rebellious to ‘the system,’ however I never challenged anyone and with a big smile on my face and a candid answer, I made steady progress through the different stages of my life with great success and happiness. Why? I could not explain why!
Many decades after, I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Proctor (Speaker and Author of many books on self-development). First virtually on the Internet, then in person at his excellent and provoking event called ‘Matrixx’ in Toronto, Canada. It was a life changing experience since then, and for the first time in my life, I learned why!!

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