My Mom and I have had a lot of conversations about aging. I used to tell her: age gracefully, and she is. Now that I am getting older, I’ve changed my mind to “aging healthfully”. What does that mean, you may be wondering? Read on to find out.
Well, I observed that aging brings about disease, joint problems, Alzheimer’s, dementia, osteoporosis, hair loss, mobility problems, just to name a few of the many ailments the elderly experience. Of course, there are cosmetic procedures to improve our looks, be it invasive or non-invasive, but what about the insides? They keep on aging. So lately, I have been reading up a lot, on ways to rejuvenate the inside of the body, because if changes are made at the cellular level the changes are more lasting.
There are so many opinions and reports out there: you need Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT); you don’t need HRT. You need to replace hormones; you don’t need to replace hormones. Synthetic hormones, or bioidentical hormones? You get the picture. For every report that says something about a subject, by a well-qualified “expert”, there is an equally well-qualified expert saying just the opposite! So, what is one to do?
It turns out, according to a lot of reports, both men and women, young and old need hormones for our bodies to function properly. They control everything that goes on inside regardless of age. There is no argument there. Younger people have high levels of hormones, and by around age 35 they start to decline. With that decline come all of the “symptoms” of aging I mentioned in the first paragraph. That’s something that I observed just by watching older folks. You see them walking around with canes, walkers, in wheelchairs. Not for me, thank you very much! I am going to do all I can to stay healthy and upright!
To that extent, I’ve embarked on a journey to find out for myself what this is all about. No matter what any report says, if something works for me, then I am going to believe it. I’ve seen too many pharmaceutical ads warning of the possible horrible side effects of meds that are worse than the disease they are supposed to “cure”. Too many lawyers advertising to come see them if you took this drug or that drug and had been injured, or worse yet, died from side effects of that drug.
I am a firm believer that nature has all that we need to be healthy. The problem is, we have de-naturized just about everything we eat and drink, and now we are paying the price. In my future blogs, I will be chronicling my personal journey into the natural ways of restoring my body’s hormone levels and not become a “med zombie”, strung out on prescribed drugs. Hope you will find my journey interesting and informative. I also invite anyone that has a story to share, to do so. You are most welcome to share your thoughts and ideas here.