Your Healthy Aging Plan

Your parents were right; wisdom really does come with age. For the less desirable effects of time, some turn to anti-aging procedures that aim to reverse the clock. In our stores, practitioners encourage customers to embrace a pro-health lifestyle instead. Suzie Orenstein-Turner, a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist at Pharmaca’s La Jolla store, and Karin von Bolschwing, a certified herbalist at our San Francisco store, share their recommendations for keeping age-related discomforts and ailments at bay by implementing these practices into your normal routine.

An Active Mind
Keep your mind sharp by staying current on world and local events, reading books, volunteering your time and regularly socializing with family, friends, neighbors and peers.

A Healthy Heart
You may have read that heart disease is the leading killer of Americans. Taking EPA and DHA fish oils has been shown to keep blood triglycerides in check, inhibit the progression of atherosclerosis, and may help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of arrhythmias.

Stronger Bones
Osteoporosis is a preventable condition that causes a weakening of bones, making them more susceptible to breaks and fractures. Supplementing with calcium and vitamin D can help strengthen bones to reduce your risk of osteoporosis. Also, be sure to get regular exercise including weight-bearing activities.

Youthful Skin
Wearing sunscreen is a must if you’ll be spending more then 15 minutes outdoors. Research has also shown that the ingredients in white tea effectively protect skin cells from the damaging effects of the sun. In addition to an array of products designed to keep your skin healthy, we also offer products that help to reduce wrinkles, balance skin tone, and provide moisture. Speak with one of our estheticians about your unique needs.

A Steady Mood
Practicing activities like yoga, meditation, and breath work can go a long way to reduce daily stress. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends the 4-7-8 breathing exercise: inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for seven counts. With your tongue pressed against the tissue of your upper teeth, exhale completely through your mouth to a count of eight.

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