So how to do that. Now before I go down the list please remember that I am 73 years old. If I let inflammation set in I am in pain and my mobility is greatly reduced. Errors like letting me run out of the things I am about to tell you about puts me in a place that quickly reminds to not allow myself to run out. Also realize it was easy for me to control pain in the beginning. My first real issue was sore hands and swollen joints. That was corrected by glucosamne...it also seemed to help a knee of mine that had been injured. I believe I have a torn miniscus in that knee. It was never diagnosed professionally, but when you have a piece of cartilage like material stick out and causing a bump in the skin, that is pretty indicative.
So now I have a bunion, a left knee that grinds when I squat down ( does not hurt, but it feels real strange). Kind of the noise a bone on bone condition would have if the cartilage was shot. A hip that at times wants to do something a little different than what I want it to do. Then there is a periodic problem with my back and sciatica. I lost ten lbs and it got better. A couple of months ago I walked 2.5 miles up and down a stream in which there was eight different waterfalls and lots of slippery rocks. I managed quiet nicely without holding any one up in the group.
So, what do I do. Vitamin D......titrate to 90 to 99 ng/ml by testing. I believe this number is more important than cholesterol. Also, I believe if you get the number up there when you are young you will have less wear and tear in old age.
Magnesium malate. Magnesium is used by vitamin D and there for your level drops when you start vitamin D. Low magnesium is related to irregular heart rate and heart attack. Almost everyone is deficient. If you are using well water you are ahead of just about everyone else in the magnesium department. If you have poor kidney function ( not bladder) or take a blood thinner, do not take magnesium without consultation of a medical professional.
Krill oil. Throw the fish oil out and take one pill a day of krill oil. Fish oil works because the fish eat krill. Cut the middle man out. It is smaller and there is no fishy taste and there is not a concern about heavy metals and fish oil. The krill oil will also reduce inflammation because it contains astaxathin. Krill oil and fish oil will change the amount of blood thinner you need so again do not do this if you are on a blood thinner.
Fermented foods. They improve immune function and at least 80 percent of your immune function is in your gut. It cuts inflammation, improves your mood, ( you may not need a anti depressant...it is that good), reduces pain and generally makes life better. Give it three weeks to work before giving up. People will like you better because you are in a better mood. Caveat...again if you are blood thinners do not do this without consultation of a medical professional as fermented foods are high in k2. K2 is a good thing but can counter the effects of any blood thinners you are on. By fermented foods I mean things like sauer kraut. Pills and yogurt type things are low in colony count and you need trillions of colonies every day. Sauer kraut has ten trillion colonies in 2 or 3 ounces of kraut. It is easy to make. Our ancestors did it all the time to preserve food.
B 12. If you take any type of acid reducer for conditions like heart burn or barrets esophagitis you need B 12. If you are over 50 years old you probably need B 12. B 12 is not absorbed well in the old and those with reduced acid in their stomachs. Vegetarians can be deficient. Just the way it is. Strange pains in the legs and numbness can be caused by a B 12 deficiency. Also there is a condition that looks just like Alzheimer’s disease and is not. It is cured by taking B 12 and Alzheimers is not. Please keep in mind, no pun intended, that Alzheimer’s is only 100 % diagnosable by autopsy. Therefore a diagnosis of Alzheimers is a educated guess otherwise.
Cooking oil. Look at the label and try to use only coconut oil or olive oil. It is good for you. Coconut oil is a nut oil. It reduces inflammation and does not go rancid. Keep in mind that cooking with coconut oil requires a little care. It burns at a lower temperature, sort of like olive oil. By the way, that is the only other oil you should be using the vast majority of the time. Both are very good. Coconut oil has had a bad rap and some still have not been informed of this by new research.
It is a fact of life that when you are young you can do almost anything with your diet and body and not pay to big a price, you think. That is definitely not true when you are older. As you age you just do not absorb nutrients like you did when a young person so, imho, you need to take more to get where you need to be at a older age.
You really are what you eat. How could you be anything else? This stuff works. It is difficult to believe that some supplements can make a difference that you can feel. Each one of these has made a difference that I can feel, except coconut oil, but then I do that because it is good for me. Some reading this will not believe me. Pay now or pay later. Like the guy said at the age of 75, "if I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." This stuff can be revolutionary in how you feel! It is up to you.
A very interesting development. Listening to Fox News Health program at 10:30 am and a interesting study was reported. They said, signals are sent by our brain as we age that increase inflammation. If you control inflammation you have some control of ageing. I am paraphrasing here. So control inflammation and you age less fast. Simple as I said above and what I have been saying for a long time. Do everything you can to control ageing and you will not age as fast....
Some studies that support this....and more on this later......