Middle Age

Middle Age – It’s that time of life – we aren’t really “old”, but we are showing our mortality.

Our eyesight is fading – particularly up close, if we are female, we have hot flashes – if we are male, it might be easier if we were the ones having the hot flashes. We get things like insomnia, fat around the middle, body parts wrinkle and sag unnaturally. If we have been to a doctor, we are on medicine for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and depression. We get acid reflux when we eat things we lived on in college. We know things about ourselves that didn’t have names when we were growing up – like we might be “lactose intolerant”, or we have “IBS”. We have odd aches and pains – maybe arthritis. We have allergies that give us recurrent sinus infections. And worst of all; we can’t remember a darn thing.

What is a person supposed to do? I say fight it. Why not? What have you got to lose? My husband thinks I am crazy because I want to live to be 100 years old – in good health. So, I actually work at being healthy.

My personal theory (backed by many scientists) is that our genes do not have to end with the same diseases and conditions that they caused our parents. So, if you find yourself in mid-life and wonder what to do differently – my answer is plenty. There are many natural things we can do to prevent and even reverse certain health conditions. I would rather spend some time and money now outside our medical system than be resigned to whatever “treatment” has been sanctioned by the FDA.

My first advice for most people is to do cleanses regularly. Cleanses are amazing. I only recommend one. There are a lot of copy cats, but only one works the way I think it should and that is the one is from Renew Life. If you are sensitive – do the First Cleanse first. Most people do well with the regular one. Repeat cleanses every 6 months – at least 1 time per year.

Advice #2 is change how you eat – I am a big fan of blood type diets. They work. They work especially well when combined with metabolic typing. There is not a blood type out there that should eat as much white bread, pasta, fried food, and soda as is in the typical American diet. Most of all, go as natural as you can. We don’t need additives, preservative, hormones, genetically modified, etc. in anything we put in or on our body.

Advice #3 is take good high quality supplements that work for you. In my opinion, supplements are necessary. We need the concentrated nutrition. It is the concentration of the nutrients that helps compensate for a life of inadequate nutrition. Find what works for you there are great supplements for eyes, heart, liver, memory, hormones, digestion, etc.

Advice #4 is to work with someone trained in nutrition. They can help you prioritize issues and get results. Most nutritionists are not medical doctors – they do not diagnose, treat or prescribe, but they will give you lots of information and will make recommendations.

Advice #5 is don’t trust the current health care system to be looking out for you. It is geared towards making money for the drug and insurance companies. Drugs may at times be necessary, but they almost all deplete some essential nutrient and have negative side effects.

Remember, you are in charge of your own health. As we age, it is important to work with the body, not against it. Lifestyle changes can make big differences in how we feel day to day and help us age more gracefully.

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About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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4 Responses to Middle Age

  1. Sylvia says:

    Hi, Margaret, found your article on Lew Rockwell, and followed you to here. I looked at the website for the ReNew Life cleanse you suggested, and was put off by the many negative reactions people reported — skin eruptions, constipation, lack of energy. Some people seem to love the products, others hate it! Can you offer some enlightenment on the subject?

  2. I have recommended this cleanse for many years and have followed most clients that are on it. I will be the first to admit that those reactions do happen, but it is to a very small percentage. They virtually never happen when I can screen the people well. I guide those that I am concerned about to a first cleanse, or if I am working with them nutritionally, I may recommend that they build their system up first because cleansing would be too hard on them.
    Through the years I see that about 85+ % can do the original Cleanse Smart with no trouble.
    If you are concerned about reactions, but would still like to do a cleanse, I also recommend following Ann Louis Gittleman’s Fast Track One Day Detox.
    This is not a 1 day deal – It is an 11 day program with one day of fasting – it is done with pretty ordinary food and is a great way to get some toxins out gently. This program will give you a good idea of how you would react to a “herbal” cleanse.
    This program is described in a book by the same name that should be easy for you to find.
    Hope this is helpful, Margaret

  3. Hi Margaret,
    No doubt you’ve seen Jeff Bland’s book “Genetic Nutritioneering”. If not, it lends credence to the idea that our genetics do not irrevocably pre-determine our health. The Biology of Belief by Lipton also lends support to the idea that our genes do not independently steer cellular activity, but work in concert with environmental stimuli (ie toxins, nutrients, even thoughts).
    I went to the Renew Life website. I see that Rhubarb root is one of the ingredients (for its laxative effect). I promote a product that uses an extract of Siberian rhubarb root to very effectively relieve hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms of menopause. Siberian rhubarb root has very low levels of the constituents that create the laxative effect. The extract has no laxative effect whatsoever and has been shown to reduce hot flashes by 72% in 12 weeks with no side effects (clinical study followed women for two years).

  4. I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.

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