Six ways to stay healthy this summer

From the time we’re children, summer is a season everyone looks forward to. Even when you’ve hit retirement age, summer offers long days, warm weather, and the opportunity for a lot of time spent outdoors having fun. But it can also bring with it certain risks. With that in mind, here are six ways to stay healthy this summer:

1. Water and other fluids

Dehydration is a major risk at any age, but it can cause significant problems as you get older. It’s also important to drink a variety of fluids throughout the day, as water alone may leave you with an electrolyte imbalance. You shouldn’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink, but rather drink throughout the day to stave off thirst.

Be careful with caffeinated drinks, though, as these can act as a diuretic, leaving you in need of even more fluids.

For tastier water, infuse it with fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Simply mix these into a big pitcher of water and keep it in the refrigerator. Alternatively, try Volt Pro Electrolyte Concentrate, which can turn any beverage into a refreshing and hydrating sports drink, perfect for replenishing lost nutrients and keeping you energised. 

Drops of water

2. Eat well, and seasonally

Nature offers up some of the best foods in the summer; berries, tomatoes, and summer vegetables are all packed with nutrients. Eating seasonally can give you the freshest, best tasting food. Enjoy a mix of summer’s bounty at every meal to give you plenty of vitamins and minerals, whilst keeping the calorie count low.

Smaller meals spaced throughout the day can also be easier on your digestive system during a heatwave, making you feel better, too.

3. Get moving, keep moving

Summer gives you the chance to spend more time outdoors, so it’s the perfect time of year to take up a new fitness plan. Don’t do anything too strenuous in the heat of the day, particularly if you are new to exercise; however, the season is great for many lower-impact activities, such as swimming and cycling. It can also be a good time to try out different sports, such as croquet, that offer fun in the sun without too much strain.

4. Protect yourself from the sun

Whether you’re a newborn or a pensioner, sunscreen is a must. Although you should be protecting your skin from the sun all year round, it is particularly important in the summer, when there are more hours of sunlight and fewer clouds in the sky. Protection can also mean staying indoors during the hottest hours of the day.

Moisturising sensitive skin

5. Temper the temperature

The heat outside doesn’t mean you should blast your air conditioning. Instead, try to keep your home and car at a comfortable temperature. Keeping the room temperature between 18 and 20ºC will reduce the cost of your cooling and help protect you from dramatic changes in temperature. If you know you’ll be going between different temperatures throughout the day, layer your clothing so you can add or remove items to adjust more easily.

6. Store medications properly

Before a heatwave, in particular, it can be helpful to chat with your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you’re taking. Some may need to be kept below a certain temperature to be effective. The same is true of any nutritional supplements you may be taking. A bit of expert advice can help ensure that your medication will continue to work throughout the warm weather.

The most important way to stay healthy throughout the summer is to stay happy. Enjoy all the season has to offer!

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Finding The Solution to Low Testosterone

Are you feeling fatigued and listless? Have you lost interest in sex? You could be suffering from a common complaint that affects thousands of men in the UK – low testosterone levels.

Testosterone is the hormone that makes men physically ‘manly’ – the hairy chests, the deep voice, and the healthy sex drive. Levels of testosterone in men decrease naturally after the age of 30 – and as many thirty-somethings and over will testify, this drop leads to a decrease in athletic performance, increased tiredness, reduced bone density, and less desire to have sex.

In fact, loss of testosterone may mean some men find it hard to ‘perform’ at all, and as more men get bolder about talking about erectile dysfunction, we are learning the problem is more common than previously thought.

Losing Your LibidoUnhappy Male

Until recently, loss of libido was often put down to other causes – an inevitable effect of ageing, poor overall health, heart disease, or stress. But now doctors are increasingly looking at testosterone levels to determine the true cause, enabling them to reinvigorate the older male body by increasing energy, fertility, libido, muscle mass and general all round well being.

Urologist Jason Hedges, MD, PhD, practices at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and believes we are on the verge of a breakthrough in this type of medicine:

“A lot of the symptoms are mirrored by other medical problems,” Hedges told WebMD. “And for a long time, we were not attributing them to low testosterone, but to diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. But awareness and appreciation of low testosterone has risen. We recognise now that low testosterone may be at the root of problems.”

Measuring levels of testosterone in the blood can determine if testosterone levels are too low. A healthy score is in the range of about 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) to around 800ng/dL.

Boosting TestosteroneMen and Women Sign

In the UK, a number scale is used, and a score between 11 and 30 is considered normal. A score below 8 indicates the condition of hypogonadism, where severe symptoms of low testosterone appear, such as serious muscle loss, hair loss from the face, legs and chest, and even breast growth.

But what of the men who fall between 8 and 11? Increasingly they too are looking for to regain their optimum testosterone levels, and slow down the inevitable ageing process that only seems to exacerbates the problem. At this stage, many doctors recommend doing all you can to maintain testosterone levels.

Harley Street specialist Dr Sean Cummings told the Daily Mail that even men without severe symptoms of low testosterone levels can benefit from trying testosterone boosting activities.

He says: “Men in the grey area can be problematic… If they appear to be healthy and have symptoms including low libido, then a trial is a worthwhile exercise.”

So how can you boost testosterone levels?

There are a number of quite extreme methods available, including injections, but many men who want to become healthier would prefer a more natural and straightforward approach.

Natural ‘body hacks’ that can help maintain, if not raise, your testosterone levels include:

  • Losing weight – research suggests that overweight men are more likely to have low testosterone levels.
  • High-Intensity Excercise – short bursts of exercise can help prevent the decline of testosterone levels.
  • Eat a Zinc-rich diet – Zinc is an important component in the production of testosterone.

As well as the above techniques, there’s also a new, natural method, which rather than simply trying to replace lost testosterone, actually promotes the body’s own ability to make testosterone. Plus, there are no needles involved at all – instead simple supplements taken in capsule form could make all the difference.

Unlocking The Secrets Of Peptides

What is this amazing-sounding supplement? Testoluten peptide bioregulator.

A peptide is a short, easily-absorbed chain of amino acids which helps the body carry out its functions. Each different peptide is controlled by a corresponding bioregulator – and when the peptide bioregulator is active, it is able to interact with the relevant cell DNA – making organ and tissue repair easier and more efficient.

Professor Vladimir Khavinson discovered peptide bioregulators while working for the Russian military in the 1980s, seeking a solution for health problems experienced by army veterans. He found that when the bodily functions of an individual are working at their best, the level of each peptide bioregulators in their organs was precisely 42%.

The discovery led to decades of testing, and it became clear that using synthetic versions of natural peptide bioregulators could harmlessly and effectively replace those organically produced in the body and which normally decrease as we grow older.

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One of these new peptide bioregulators is Testoluten, which specifically helps protect and enhance the function of the testes – the source of testosterone in the male body.

Therefore, Testoluten peptide bioregulator can help production of both semen and testosterone, in turn boosting testosterone levels and giving you back your vim and vigour.

And as Testoluten is merely mimicking a natural component of healthy testes’ functions, there are no negative side effects.

So now, reaching the ripe age of 30 doesn’t have to mean an inevitable decline in bulk, energy or sex drive – try Testoluten peptide bioregulator today and see and feel the results for yourself.

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Dr Mark Babizhayev on Maintaining Healthy Eyes

Russian bio-physicist Dr Mark Babizhayev is one of the principal researchers behind the development of Can-C, a patented eye lubricant that also contains N-acetylcarnosine (NAC), an antioxidant that has been studied in humans with cataracts.

Dr Babizhayev’s work has led to numerous breakthroughs in eye care, and the Can-C eye drops he helped develop are one of Antiaging Nutrition’s best-selling products.

With this in mind, we’ve taken a further look at the man behind the product and collected together a number of interviews and resources to which the doctor has contributed over the years.

So let’s review Dr Babizhayev’s thoughts on eye care and take a look at the doctor’s advice on maintaining healthy eyes.

History of Research

Currently Executive Director at Innovative Vision Products, Inc. and Senior Research Investigator at the Moscow Helmholtz Research Institute of Eye Diseases, Dr Babizhayev has a rich and illustrious history in the medical world. His accomplishments include graduating from the Second Moscow Medical Institute’s Medico-Biological Faculty as a doctor-biophysicist in 1982, gaining a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Pathophysiology at the Moscow Helmholtz Research Institute of Eye Diseases in 1988 and receiving the prestigious Oka Memorial Award in Japan in 1992.

He has dedicated many years of his life to scientific research, and has accumulated over 86 published articles; he also has 15 patents to his name.

Dr Babizhayev’s latest research has seen him heavily involved in the development of a breakthrough for the treatment and prevention of senile cataracts. As a result, he was the first to present  the remarkable results of using NAC against senile cataracts to a Western audience

But what led him to this breakthrough?

The Secrets of NAC

Reduction Of Cataract in Canine EyesAs Dr Babizhayev has stated, he first realised that NAC had potential as a potent ophthalmic drug in 1991 after completing the first pharmacokinetic studies with executives Dr Edoardo Bozzo Costa and Ovidio Caveri of Bruschettini S.r.l.

“[The studies] showed that NAC can act in vivo as a pro-drug of L-carnosine in ophthalmic application, as an antioxidant.”

These first experiments involved carefully testing the drops on animals, running tests with rabbits and canines affected by age-related cataracts.

Through the chronic use of these drops, the doctor noticed positive results within just one month:

“The cortical appearance of cataract reversal starts from the periphery and then the lens becomes more transparent. This is then accompanied by the improved visual behaviour of the animal […]. The striking results of reversing the cataract and the prevention of the lens opacities are clear.”

Testing Against Cataracts

Dr Babizhayev then proceeded to human clinical trials, utilising the latest technology to measure the effects of NAC.

Tools such as “interactive digital image analysis and 3D computer graphics” were used to measure the tiniest of changes in the subject’s eye lens opacity, and the results were outstanding.

After a six-month follow-up exam, “41.5% of the eyes treated with NAC presented a significant improvement in visual acuity of 7-100% and 88.9% of the eyes ranged a 27-100% improvement in glare sensitivity.”

Reduction Of Cataract in Human Eyes

The whole study lasted for 24 months and helped uncover the sustainable effects of NAC.

Can-C Eye Drops

Armed with a wealth of successful studies, Dr Babizhayev was able to work with Innovative Vision Products, Inc. to develop what has been labeled “one of the most exciting anti-aging products to emerge in recent years” by IAS Group’s Vice President, Phil Micans.

Can-C Eye Drops are a patented eye lubricant that contain the NAC ingredient used by Dr Babizhayev when testing against cataract. 

You can discover more about NAC and Can-C Eye Drops, as well as the research led by Dr Babizhayev, in the video below.

For all the latest information on maintaining your health as you age, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, and for more details about Can-C Eye Drops, contact a member of the Antiaging Nutrition staff today.

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All quotes taken from IAS.

Unhealthy habits that you need to break today

There are lots of everyday habits that are harmful to our health, especially for people more advanced in years. While it’s perfectly reasonable to treat yourself to a guilty pleasure, or break up a healthy routine, from time to time, it’s easy to form destructive habits without knowing it.

Below is a quick list to get you thinking about the ways you could improve your life, simply by reflecting on how you spend your time. Engage that willpower!

Irregular meal times

Skipping breakfast and snacking at irregular times of the day is a major problem for people who want to stay healthy and keep feeling good. You might think that eating a little later on can’t do much harm, but in fact the absence of a proper meal for a long period can lead to fatigue, lower brain function, and even depression.

When we’re active, even if we’re just thinking, we deplete key nutrients such as arginine and vitamin N, which help to maintain good blood flow around the body, and energy uptake into our cells. Having a large gap between meals makes it much more likely that these nutrients will run out, and that can start to have a big effect on your mind and body.

Eating

It has also been shown that people who skip breakfast are far more likely to snack on unhealthy foods later in the day, to make up for the perceived energy deficit. So, do yourself a favour by starting the day right!

Not having a good sleeping pattern

While it’s true that we require different amounts of sleep at different stages of our life, it’s important that we at least maintain a good routine when we rest.

It’s easy to fall into the habit of napping at odd times of the day, and then staying up through the night watching movies or getting immersed in a good book. Doing this too often can throw your body clock, which means that the hormone levels in your body no longer maintain a good level of homeostasis.

Recent studies show that diabetes and obesity can be linked to irregular sleep patterns, so it’s about more than feeling rested.

Passing up chances to exercise

Running triathlons isn’t for everyone, but there are lots of opportunities in most peoples’ lives to get a bit of exercise.

Running

The problem is that it can be very convenient to choose an alternative. It’s important to ask yourself whether you really need to use the car to get to the shops, or even whether you can’t do a few simple calisthenics while you wait for the kettle to boil.

Heart disease is still the biggest killer in the developed world, and just 20 minutes of walking a day can improve your chances of avoiding it by 25%. Exercise can also have a direct effect on your overall mood and general sense of wellbeing. So, make sure you’re doing enough to stay active.

Not keeping up basic hygiene

This might sound like an odd thing to bring up, but more than half of all men, and nearly half of all women, fail to wash their hands properly throughout the day. Even those that make sure to rinse their hands may not be removing germs – it’s important to use soap and warm water for around 20 seconds to make sure that you’re keeping on top of harmful bacteria.

Washing your hands regularly is the best way to prevent yourself contracting a cold, and can have a therapeutic quality too, so see it as a necessity rather than an option. It’s not just about yourself – the spread of germs is everyone’s concern.

Failing to keep hydrated

Ever found yourself feeling sluggish or having more difficulty than usual performing basic tasks? It might be that you’re not drinking enough water.

Water bottles

Doctors recommend that you take in at least 1.5 litres per day. The most obvious sign of dehydration is a headache or dryness at the roof of the mouth, so if you find yourself suffering from these symptoms you should definitely try upping your usual liquid intake.

Losing touch with loved ones

It might seem like we’re more connected than ever these days with the amount of communication technology available, but it’s very easy to lose touch with the people we care about, simply by not making the effort.

Becoming socially isolated increases the chances of ill health and death by over 25%, as well as making it harder to be positive about life. Consider ways that you can connect with the important people in your life, and don’t be afraid to learn new methods, such as video chat technology – it’s completely free once you have the hardware, and can feel just like talking to someone face to face.

So there you have it – these might seem like simple things to bear in mind, but they can make a huge difference to your life. With a little effort you can improve your habits and start feeling better about your routine.

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