What defines successful aging? It is different than anti-aging which refers to reversing the aging process. Successful aging is keeping the body as healthy as possible. There are many ways to accomplish this, but there is no magic pill. With proper anti-aging approaches, your patients can feel and look 60 years old when they are 80. These protocols require a commitment to lifestyle and dietary changes, and stress management in order to be successful.
Balancing successful aging
Life cannot be managed without proper balance. The body needs balance, just as we balance our day. Patients primary concern is how tired they feel; this may be a direct result of hectic lifestyles. Obviously, fatigue may be caused by physical reasons as well: viruses, bacterial infections, hormonal imbalance, and thyroid dysfunction, are just a few. Learning to identify the root cause of patient symptoms and developing individual programs will restore balance to your patient’s lives.
For centuries, traditional medicine has believed that food is thy medicine. One way to attain this goal is to consume organic foods as often as possible. Consuming 50% organic food would significantly assist in the aging process. Avoid processed foods as much as possible; this is key to rejuvenation. Cook at home and eat whole foods at least 80% of the time. Last, but certainly not least, it is most important to have FUN! Laugh daily and enjoy life, doing what brings you pleasure. Learn to relax.
As practitioners, it is important you carry pharmaceutical grade supplements. The quality of products we carry must be tested for ingredients and quality. If using supplements to assist in successful aging, the products we use must be exactly what we need. I carry Standard Process, a whole food supplement that assists the body in re-balancing, without depleting one nutrient while building another. For some people, vitamins from whole food are not an option; therefore we offer the best of several alternative lines. As with other protocols, the nutrients we use are specific to each individual and their conditions. To learn more about Standard Process visit: http://www.standardprocess.com/
If you are interested in implementing functional medicine into your practice and would like to learn more about preserving aging, attend one of our seminars. Learn to restore the body completely and naturally. Listen to Dr. Muth’s free Teleseminar on Successful Aging.