Surprising Secrets to a Long and Healthy Life
Aging is caused by the accumulation of free radicals causing oxidation and damaging effects in the body. Antioxidants -- powerful compounds only found in foods like Vitamin E, beta-carotene and Vitamin C -- can defend the body against free radical damage.
Flavonoids and polyphenols have very strong antioxidant properties that help prevent oxidative stress, and thus aging. Ginger tea is a powerful (and tasty) anti-aging beverage used by many cultures around the world.
Ginger tea is a natural remedy for inflammation reduction and improves circulation, which leads to younger-looking skin. This is one of the many benefits women of India have found by drinking Ginger Tea for centuries! Ginger is also a very versatile anti-aging herb that’s been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. This anti-aging herb is beneficial to digestive health, is anti-inflammatory, and boosts overall immune system function. Ginger’s anti-aging properties are due to gingerol, an antioxidant which helps protect against collagen breakdown.
How to use ginger
Simply mix fresh ginger and local honey into hot water to get the most out of the anti-aging benefits. Honey has natural anti-bacterial properties to help reduce inflammation, while ginger is rich in gingerol, the antioxidant that helps protect against collagen breakdown. My favorite ginger tea recipe is below:
What you’ll need:
- About 2 inches of fresh raw ginger, to taste
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups water
- 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, to taste
- Optional: 1/2 fresh lemon or lime, juiced, to taste
To make the tea:
- Peel fresh ginger, either slice thin or shred to maximize the surface area
- Boil the ginger in water for 10-20 minutes depending on the strength you want
- Remove from heat, add honey and optional lemon or lime juice to taste
Other favorite uses of ginger
This past weekend I made pineapple and ginger juice. I juiced a whole pineapple and 2 inches of ginger. It was a very refreshing drink. I love my juicer and I am so glad I got a powerful juicer for Christmas this past year. If you don’t have a juicer there are delicious antioxidant beverages you can buy. One of my favorite juices is called the Ningxia Red. It contains 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, 6 essential fatty acids, and vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E. One ounce of it is equal to 4 lbs of carrots, 8 oranges, 2 lbs of beets, 3 cups of raspberries, and 2 cups of blueberries. Now, that is a lot of power in just one ounce. If you want to try some I will send you a sample. Just email me below and I will send you a sample for free. I would love everyone just to try the power of the juice!!
Love: “All you need is love!!”
Love is an easily overlooked tool for anti-aging. First and foremost, self-love is about acceptance. The more accepting we are of ourselves, the more accepting we can be of others. Surrounding yourself by loved ones and things that bring you joy and provide an enriching environment where you can easily destress. Loving ourselves equates to loving others. Being close to others, even cuddling a pet, causes the body to release the hormone oxytocin which is a natural stress reliever.
“The surprising finding is that our relationships, and how happy we are in our relationships, has a powerful influence on our health,” said the director of a Harvard study, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care, too. That, I think, is the revelation.”
Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives, the study revealed. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes. That finding proved true across the board among both the Harvard men and the inner-city participants.
“When we gathered together everything we knew about them about at age 50, it wasn’t their middle-age cholesterol levels that predicted how they were going to grow old,” said the director in a popular TED Talk. “It was how satisfied they were in their relationships. The people who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80.”
The Harvard Study found a strong association between happiness and close relationships like spouses, family, friends, and social circles. “Personal connection creates mental and emotional stimulation, which are automatic mood boosters, while isolation is a mood buster,” This is also an opportunity to focus on positive relationships and let go of negative people in your life, or at least minimize your interactions with them. If you need to broaden your social life, try volunteering for a favorite cause. Odds are you will meet more like-minded people. Volunteering is also another way to boost happiness by providing a sense of purpose. In fact, a study published by BMJ Open found that this benefit was strongest among people age 45 to 80 and older.
Look for volunteering opportunities in your area that match your interests. “Humans are social creatures, so our attachment to others is core to who we are as human beings. We are biologically hard-wired to attach to one another.” How you nurture personal relationships depends on you. Does it mean you add a weekly lunch with a friend to your schedule? Join a local club or sports team? Plan a monthly date night with your partner? Eat meals at the dinner table with your family more often? Make Saturdays family days without distractions?
You decide, but please don’t underestimate the importance of those activities to good health and well-being as the need for attachment starts in infancy and never goes away.
The value of happiness
“It transitions from a parent, or primary caregiver, to our spouse, our children, our friends,” Dr. Blair said. “Fostering loving, connected attachment and close relationships is the single most important thing you can do for happiness.”
Studies consistently show that our own happiness is linked with the happiness of others. One of the ways we know this is from the Framingham Heart Study, a massive study started in 1948 that has tracked three generations of participants. The study was designed to identify risk factors for heart disease, resulting in reams of data on health, food, fitness habits, stress, family issues, and happiness. To measure happiness, the Framingham study asked people how often they experienced certain feelings during the previous week.
- I felt hopeful about the future.
- I was happy.
- I enjoyed life.
- I felt that I was just as good as other people.
Yale scientists decided to mine the data to study happiness and social networks. The structure of the study allowed them to track changes in happiness over time. And because the scientists who designed the study wanted to keep track of people, they asked participants to identify their relatives, close friends, place of residence and place of work. The result was a complete picture of the participants’ social networks.
After parsing the data, the Yale researchers reached a number of conclusions about happiness:
- People’s happiness depends on the happiness of others with whom they are connected.
- Social networks have clusters of happy and unhappy people.
- A person's happiness extends to three degrees of separation — meaning that it can influence (and be influenced by) their friends, their friends’ friends, and the friends of people who are friends of their friends.
- People who are surrounded by many happy people are more likely to become happy in the future.
- Each additional happy friend increases your chance of happiness by about 9 percent.
- Geography matters. Our happiness increases when we live close to happy friends and family members.
Giving yourself the gift of more time, if you can afford it, is a quick and convenient way to a happier life. So, take more time today to show the people you love how much you appreciate them by sitting with them and chatting over a cup of ginger tea!!
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I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing His gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! For more information you can go to www.nomoremedsmovement.com and sign up for my closed Facebook group #NoMoreMeds-Community for more healthy tips.
Dr. Corinne Weaver
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.