As the average life expectancy continues to increase, more adults are looking for ways to remain healthy well past their AARP induction. Fortunately, Pharmaca empowers you to take control of your health with a wide selection of helpful products and a knowledgeable staff to provide guidance. Whimsy Anderson, a naturopathic doctor at our Brentwood store, shares some of her favorite recommendations for living a healthier, more active life.
An Active Mind
Research such as a 2005 Harvard University study has shown the importance of antioxidants in combating free radical damage to neurons. That's why Dr. Anderson recommends supplementing your diet with an antioxidant-rich powdered greens formula to ensure you are getting enough. She also stresses the importance of increasing intake of DHA from fish oil, regulating blood sugar, and even avoiding deodorants that contain aluminum.
TRY: Orac-Energy Greens and Natural Factors PGX Slim
A Healthy Heart
Heart disease remains the leading killer of Americans, despite the fact that it is an avoidable and reversible condition. According to Dr. Anderson, "it really boils down to eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise," to protect your heart. For those who want additional support, she recommends EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of clotting. She also says CoQ10 and niacin are great for lowering blood pressure.
TRY: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega and Jarrow Formulas Q-Absorb CoQ10
Osteoporosis is a preventable condition that causes a weakening of bones, making them more susceptible to breaks and fractures. Supplementing with calcium, magnesium and boron can help support bone deposition. Additionally, Dr. Anderson recommends looking for a formula that includes vitamins K2 and D3 since they work together to carry calcium into bones. She also encourages everyone to get regular exercise including weight-bearing activities.
TRY: Jarrow Formulas Bone-Up
A Steady Mood
Practicing activities like yoga, meditation, and breath work can go a long way toward reducing daily stress and anxiety. "Never underestimate the importance of breathing," says Dr. Anderson. To help boost overall mood, supplement daily with 5-HTP which acts as a precursor for serotonin. Dr. Anderson also notes that it may be helpful to take a blood sugar test since hypoglycemia is sometimes misdiagnosed as depression.
TRY: Pharmaca Brand 5-HTP
Be sure to speak with one of our professional staff members at your local Pharmaca for information and advice that fits your individual needs.