I don't remember a day like this since I began working for Swanson Health Products way back in 1996. The weather is so bad here in Fargo today that we actually closed the corporate office, including the call center. With snow and winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour, the visibility is near zero and many roads are impassable. As a writer, this situation poses no problem since I can work from home. But with news like this, composing copy is the last thing on my mind. I feel like I'm ten years old again, and the school principal has just declared a storm day. Not exactly in a big rush to bury my nose in a math book. All I want to do is put on my pj's and watch bad TV. So, what's on during the daytime...oh, look! I Dream of Jeannie. Wow! Does that ever bring back memories. I love, love, love the oldies. Still, maybe I'll find out more about this cute "Ready to Wear--All Buttoned Up" makeup kit over at HSN.
After about 3 hours of judges, talk show hosts, re-runs and a smidgen of news, I click it off and settle into the book I've been reading, Suzanne Somer's Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness. I never figured I'd be interested in anything ditzy Chrissy Snow had to say about health, but Suzanne Somers is clearly not the character she played during the 1970s. She is smart, bold, and a breath of fresh, oxygenated air, not to mention she's hot at 61 years of age. This book is so well done and has lots of new information for anyone seeking to stay healthy. Sure, she's into bioidentical hormones (and is making a believer out of me), but she has a lot to say about nutritional supplements and lifestyle, too. Rather, I should say sixteen progressive anti-aging health professionals do, who she interviews for the chapters of this book. I could go on and on and on, but instead I'll highlight five supplements that she and the doctors say are necessary for nearly everyone over the age of 40. If you're at all concerned about aging in the most robust, pain-free way possible, however, don't miss even one page of her book!
Melatonin--All hormone levels start declining as early as our 20s including melatonin. With less of it, we don't sleep soundly. At least four of the doctors favorably mentioned melatonin, and Suzanne takes a whopping 20 mg per night. According to Bill Faloon from Life Extension, it not only helps with sleep, but the antioxidant benefits of melatonin are outstanding, extending far beyond what others can do. Contrary to what many think, melatonin has no known toxicity risks, either. You won't overdose on it.
Resveratrol--Every doctor in the book emphasized our dire need for antioxidants. Even if we eat "good" foods like fruits and vegetables, most of them are missing nutrients because of the poor quality of soil in which they're grown. Our bodies are so toxic and bombarded with free radicals that we're literally being overrun by them. Stubborn and painful new health concerns are cropping up with each passing year. Resveratrol was cited over and over again as one of the most promising supplements for protecting the DNA in our cells.
Curcumin--Curcumin is found in turmeric, and it's king of the natural anti-inflammatory agents. Dr. Russell Blaylock insists it's equal to steroids, yet completely safe. Since inflammation is at the root of most, if not all, disease, the value of this yellow spice is obvious. Use it liberally in cooking and take supplements of it. As much as you can stand, it's that good for you. Curcumin stimulates wound healing and protects the brain from degeneration, too.
Betaine Hydrochloride--If you don't personally have some kind of digestive disorder (belching, gas, heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers, etc.), you definitely know someone who does. Half of all people over 60 years of age do not produce enough hydrochloric acid to digest their food. When we don't digest food, we don't get the nutrition from it. Many illnesses, including macular degeneration, occur due to a deficiency of this acid. (Wow!) Yet many doctors incorrectly prescribe proton pump inhibitors, when the problem is caused by a lack of acid!
Himalayan Crystal Salt--Sea salt and HCS (pink salt) are not the same as table salt, which is sodium chloride (NaCl)--not even close. In fact, Dr. Steve Nelson of the Synergy Wellness Clinic in Palm Desert, CA says that HCS contains very little NaCl, and is 97% other minerals. When doctors say to cut back on salt, they're talking about "sodium," which he also regards as dangerous. Paradoxically, Dr. Nelson uses sea salt and "pink" salt plus water to lower blood pressure. Sounds like he and Dr. Barbara Hendel have been talking!
You'll find out why statins should be outlawed (I'll never take Lipitor!), and learn more about who actually finances many of the major medical schools in our country. She also provides a list of physicians in America who practice the anti-aging methods discussed in her book. Even though the nearest doctor to Fargo is 230 miles away in Minneapolis, I've already booked an appointment. Now I have this weird urge to cuddle up in a blanket and watch an episode or two of Three's Company.