For as long as I've been able to contemplate thoughts about death and dying, I've imagined myself walking on the beach in the sunshine ... at the ripe old age of 120. My soul decides this is the moment to let go of the human body and life as I knew it ends - right there.
I just keel over with sand between my toes and a smile on my face.
It's a dream. Some might say it's a fantasy. Under the microscope, this vision has a few flaws. Acknowledged.
For one, the thought that my death might be a traumatic experience for my fellow beach-goers is a deterrent. The alternative is even more traumatic for more humans - becoming a burden to loved ones due to a long, slow, painful death with increasing lack of mobility, loss of mental faculties and a general feeling that life isn't worth living.
So, how do we live the dream?
It requires a focus on longevity and the related term "anti-aging" - emphasis on living a long vibrant life. Longevity and anti-aging are given equal attention and intention.
Longevity isn't much fun unless you're aging gracefully.
What are the common ailments that negatively impact our quality of life due to age?
- Nagging aches and pains
- Irritability due to stress, anxiety and-or insomnia
- Foggy thinking
Fortunately, regardless of age, these conditions can be relieved, or even eliminated.
Sure, the longer you wait to address the issues, the more damage you'll need to reverse. But, the good news is, it's never too late! You can begin to deal with the ailments listed above - today.
Aches and pains are often the result of inflammation.
Irritability is understandable if you're not sleeping, or in constant pain.
Foggy thinking, also known as senior moments (regardless of age), is common if you're experiencing either of the ailments we've discussed here.
There are supplements and dietary changes that reduce inflammation, support natural sleep patterns, and will have you thinking clearly and "running circles around" your much younger family members and friends.
Dr. Gala Gorman is a Certified Natural Health Professional and co-founder of the Delta Discovery Center.