Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Aging Process is Natural But Premature Aging is Often Due to Lifestyle

Smoking, drinking and unhealthy eating can affect one's health
As the aging process gradually takes it's toll on our bodies, everyone is looking for anti-aging products and age regression tips. Sometimes it's hard to accept, however, the aging process is natural -- the natural wear and tear of our bodies occur slowly over a period of time. By the time most people reach their adult stage of life, they have already gotten to the peak of their physical agility, speed, and strength. Yet, silently and almost unthinkable, psychological aging has already begun.

Although many individuals still consider themselves as being in prime physical condition, the potency of their heart and lungs have begun to slowly declines and so does the tone and strength of  each muscle.  Even if their weight remains unchanged, the ratio of fatty tissue to muscle increases.  The first tiny wrinkles appear beside the eyes.  Along the corners of the mouth "laugh lines" begin to appear, and skin changes start to occur as it gradually loses its elasticity to the natural aging process.  There is also a decline in the sharpness of  one’s vision and hearing

By middle adulthood most of these physical changes have become very obvious.  Because society  places a high value on youthful appearance, a lot people are often troubled by these obvious physical changes brought on by aging.  Men and women often try to reverse, slow down, or conceal these (sometimes hard to accept) signs of aging. As a result, the skin and beauty market has literally become a multi-million dollar industry overnight! Various brand of Anti-aging products and anti-wrinkle creams have been showing up on the shelves of pharmacies, supermarkets and retail stores across the nation.

However, not all of these physical changes are as a result of the normal processes of aging.  The truth is, quite often, premature aging, and also many of the physical changes that a lot of people have experienced, are due to poor health.  Others are also due to bad habits or chronic abuse, such as improper nutrition, smoking , the abuse of alcohol, and overexposure to direct sunlight.

 Some changes are due to simple disuse --- Lack of exercise for example, speeds up the loss of muscle mass, strength, and tone; decreases joint mobility; accelerates aging in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; promotes obesity; and hastens the bone loss seen in individuals with osteoporosis.

Anti-aging products or age regression supplements will not be able reverse the premature aging we have brought on our bodies through years of neglect. A lot of us have been ignoring the steps we need to take in order to slow the aging process. Instead, we continue to indulge in numerous unhealthy behaviors, such as a poly-substance abuse, eating improperly, avoiding exercise even though we are aware of its importance to our bodies. Unless you start adopting some positive behavior early, you too might find yourself becoming a victim of premature aging.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wellness Definition

Six Dimensions of Wellness
What is Wellness? When defining wellness, to simply say it’s the absence of disease is just too vague! Wellness means more than just the absence of disease. According to health and physical fitness experts, it’s an all-inclusive umbrella that  encompasses several components that are all geared towards health. The following are believed to be the six dimensions of wellness:


Because all these dimensions are interrelated, each one of them usually affects the others.
The fact that wellness is more than just the absence of disease, to achieve a state of wellness, it requires implementing positive programs to change behavior in order to improve health, quality of life, promote longevity, and to achieve a sate of total well-being.

Physical Health -  to address you physical component for example, you will have to start thinking about:
  • Physical Fitness
  •  Regular Medical Physical Fitness Exams

Emotional  Health
- in addressing the emotional component of your health you have to at least try to develop:
  • Good stress management skills

Intellectual Health- your level education or degree of intellectuality in health education can positively or negatively impact your wellness. Through health education you can learn about and take appropriate action in the following areas:

  •     Cardiovascular risk reduction
  •     Proper nutrition
  •     Substance abuse control
  •     Prevention of unsafe sex
  •     Safety - seat belt wearing

 Social Health - what about social health or in other words the manner in which we interaction with others around you? If you are not socially healthy you might be unable to make friends or get along with people. This can have a negative impact on our mental,physical, emotional, and spiritual health. This is also one example of how one component of wellness can affects all the others.

Environment Health - avoiding all the negative health factors in your environment( the environmental factors that can potentially affect your health) is also of paramount importance.

Spiritual Health - If you can find ways to avoid negativity and improve your spirituality on a daily basis is also good for your health.

To summarize, in order to attain wellness, you will have address several other factors that can  affect the six dimensions of wellness, such as: substance abuse control, physical fitness, smoking cessation, sexuality, safety, stress management, safety, stress management, medical physical exams, cardiovascular risk reduction, health education, nutrition, spirituality,and cancer prevention.