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Old Age by Anni Dahms

Senior couple running on beach with dog

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I will soon be 76 years old and I personally feel really good about my age. Life has many exciting development opportunities for me to delve into.

Thanks to computers and the internet with online courses etc. is it now possible for me to raise all the topics, which entertain and interests me, without having to pack my suitcase.

The work in the company brings me large amounts of daily joy, and since I don’t think that the retirement age is a divine decision, have I made the decision that my everyday will continue to be in the store. As long as I feel that I’m making a difference, then I see my life as meaningful.

My work gives me a large boost of energy and a larger awareness come together with it, which continue to make it important for me to improve my skills and my knowledge.

There is however one topic which saddens me when it comes to my age. I feel that when our birth certificate says a certain date, then you easily get labeled and boxed as “old”, now you should probably prepare to slow down your life and end your career. We are often fed the fear of old age, either directly or indirectly. Many old people stand across from me and say “well Anni, the day will come for all of us” whilst they are tightly holding on to their walker, which they might even be able to train themselves out of. I think walkers, wheelchairs, and canes are amazing aids, but it must, in my opinion, never become a pillow. You have to make sure that you are always doing something, always moving your body. I would like to be kept out of the above stated comparison, and I often kindly respond with a decisive smile, “keep me out of your convictions”. Negative words hold a lot of power in my experience, way more than we know.

It is like a grafting from the outside world, that when you are older, new weaknesses will develop and you can’t do anything about it. However, life does get more exciting, and perhaps a bit more challenging if you throw yourself into the fight against old age. As an important role model, am I now looking up to a elderly customer, whom no one gave many chances, but he has just stowed away his walker and cane. He is training every day to increase the number of steps he can take and is walking happy and pleased without and walking-aids. He is a great example of how you, through training, stubbornness, and a positive mindset, can maintain your vitality and confidence throughout life. He cooks his own food, tries new recipes, and through his computer he follows what happens in the world around him, and by doing so he keeps his mind razor sharp.

There are many things we can do regardless of our age, which both rejuvenates our bodies and improves the quality of our lives. I would love to play a part in changing our understanding of what age is and increase the intension of having a wonderful life no matter how old you are.

The diet

We all know that the body is nourished by healthy foods, so the most important thing we can do is to take care of ourselves by eating consciously.

When you organize your food plan, then you have to make it easy to follow, else you probably won’t be following it for a very long time.

It has been very fashionable lately to stick with gluten free foods, and science has shown that there are health-related benefits when doing so in all ages.

When you eat less gluten, then you improve your intestinal health. If you stay away from the gluten which is present in bread and pasta then the intestinal bacteria will change, thus you will feel less bloated with less air in your stomach. A study actually showed, that by quitting eating gluten a small weight loss would follow.

Salt is also a very discussed topic among older people. We are constantly reminded how important it is for our blood pressure to avoid salt. It is also correct that too many people pour way too much salt on their food. Salt contains sodium, which can threaten the heart and blood pressure in a major way. However, it can also be dangerous not to get enough salt. Salt is good in moderation, both for the taste and for your health. At most you should eat 2 – 3 grams daily. Perhaps a bit less if you belong to the older age segment.

Our most dangerous salt trap is premade- and fast foods, such as soya sauce, sausages, snack bacon soups etc. A lot of premade food is salted way too much, to give it taste.

Many researchers have expressed that there still is a need for more studies on the topic, to determine how much salt we actually need.

It is best to consume quality salt, such a Himalaya salt, iodized salt, or herbal salt, which contain a lot of great minerals.

If you eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole wheat products and don’t eat too much animalistic fat, then you have a lifestyle that will serve you well. You should prioritize fish and lean poultry.

Eat plenty of nuts, it will keep your cholesterol under control and seeds, as well as get some of your protein from vegetable sources.

It’s preferable to use a good olive oil or a small spot of butter, if it’s a special occasion.

Stay away from processed sugar, also the hidden ones in the food.

Remember, you become what you eat.

Dietary supplement
It is still a highly disputed topic among experts, whether dietary supplements are harmful or healthy. With my 50 years of experience, have I experienced so many sunshine stories of people whom have taken dietary supplement in a clever way. Many age-related diseases and other afflictions can dramatically change a person’s general condition. However, the personal vitality can be regained and bettered significantly.

  • Strath (formerly known as Biostrath) is mentioned here by name because, as far as I know, there aren’t any similar products. The product is liquid, which makes it perfect for people who have trouble swallowing. It contains 61 different vital substances in an easily-absorbable state.
  • Q10 is a coenzyme, which the body can produce itself, but the production rate decreases as you get older. Q10 is also known as the coenzyme, that provides all our energy cells, mitochondria, with energy.
    Unfortunately does our amount mitochondria start to decrease around age 67. In the journal of gerontology is it described that roughly 80% of our mitochondria are lost at the abovementioned age, compared to when you were 25 years old.
  • In 2006 a new, but unfortunately more expensive form of Q10 was discovered, called Ubiquinol, which is supposedly 8 times easier to absorb. Journal of the American Geriatric Society writes that after 45 years, is the body’s ability to transform Ubiquinone to Ubiquinol is reduced.
    Experts discuss in great length whether Ubiquinol really is better than the previous Q10 Ubiquinone. I can’t personally comment on the topic, but I’ve personally felt an improvement by taking Ubiquinol.
    Q10 can unfortunately only improve the mitochondria’s function, but the product can not create new mitochondria in the cells.
  • Pyrroloquioline quinone or PQQ is a strong, fairly recent dietary supplement, which have been shown to be a perfect partner for both forms of Q10 (Ubiquinone/Ubiquinol). PQQ exits in its natural form in fermented soya beans, tea, green pepper, parsley, kiwi, breast milk.
    I have personally just started taking PQQ 20 mg daily and I already feel that it helps me tremendously.
    I’ve also heard from other customers that they have seen improvements whilst using it, such as they feel younger and stronger, and their blood pressure have dropped in many cases.
  • It would appear that the combination of Q10 and PQQ works as a strong anti-ageing, which both strengthens your heart’s function and physical strength, as well as vitalize the entire body. PQQ’s effect is among others described by the University of California.
  • Omega-3 oils are beneficial for the entire body, brain, and circuitry. If you’re not a fan of fatty fish, then you can also get omega-3 in capsule form, from algae or flaxseed oil. Chia seeds are among the dietary substances, which contain large doses of omega-3. Chronic omega-3 deficiency increases the risk of heart-related diseases.
  • Berberine have, through many years, been used in traditional Chinese- and Ayurvedic medicine and is known for its anti-inflammatory capabilities. It is often used against type-2 diabetes, stomach pain, and for strengthening the immune system and liver. It is also referenced that Berberine can strengthen the mitochondria.

Tips

  • Exercise, exercise, exercise… It is important throughout all your life. If it wasn’t enough that it gives you increased energy and increased cognitive function all day. Studies have also shown that physical training strengthens your heart and circulation, it also increases the number of mitochondria in the muscle cells.
  • Remember your laughter. Play and enjoy your life and remember your ability to get excited. A great laugh will keep you young. Deepak Chopra writes beautifully in one of his books. “Laughter is the stream of love, which flows through the body”.
  • You play a part in keeping your mind youthful, by being mindful and making sure that you constantly progress.
  • One of the most important things to remember is daily gratitude and not to take things for granted.
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Happiness by Anni Dahms

Senior Woman Jumping On Beautiful Beach

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After I successfully overcame my sickness with heart complications, water in my lungs, and hypertension, I have decided to consciously seek happiness. I’ve made this decision based on different literary sources, which have inspired to see, that the body and the immune system work best with those who are happy and easily laugh. Laughter and joy are important tools for regaining your strength. As a self-prescribed therapy, I’ve chosen to invite laughter back into my life.  Laughter releases happiness hormones.

I’ve always demanded a lot from myself, had many things I wanted to accomplish and gone after them with all that I could muster.

I’ve become more conscious of not turning my heart’s desires into a heart disease. I’m working on seriously re-ordering my priorities and learning to take myself and others less seriously, and instead focus on all the wonderful bright sides that are part of my every day life.It’s important for me to have a joyful heart completely free of fear. I want to make it a habit to be in the state of equilibrium and balance.

In the book “Anatomy of an illness as perceived by the patient”, Norman Cousin writes about his battle with the disease morbus bechterew, which is an illness that makes the bones in your spine grow together. He refused to give up. The short version is, that he used daily laughter and plenty of humor combined with a vitamin-C and a less hectic lifestyle to regain his health.

The change to a more joyful lifestyle doesn’t happen by itself. If you decide to increase the level of joy in your life,it therefore demands that you decide to train and make an effort. Just as with people who play sports, you will properly lose your capacity if you stop training.

I’m not saying that we should be positive happy doormats, that is in my opinion way too shallow. We should have our viewpoints and express them, while remaining friendly. You cannot be happy all the time. With life comes both critique, disappointment, sorrow, and negativity. We have to live through it, and then it’s back on the horse in the pursuit of happiness. 

When you decide to be live a happy lifestyle, then start slowly and don’t blame yourself if you get angry or upset. You could’ for instance’ start when you are driving your car, practice having tolerance, balance, and forbearance whilst maneuvering through rush-hours causing many stress factors.

When you throw yourself into project “happiness”, you must remain mindful of your daily bases. 

In addition, you must use your creativity and curiosity. Seek out the things that make you laugh. Laugh all throughout the day. And make sure that you do something you enjoy every single day. It’s great with new experiences involving things such as games, dancing, singing, or music. These are things that affect our brain. You will obviously make plenty of mistakes during your new project, but just laugh it off and get back at it. Practice makes perfect.

As the old saying goes: “smile! And the world will smile back”. When I smile at people, my smile will often be returned. I often think of the Danish pianist and entertainer Victor Borges wise book “A smile is the shortest distance”. It describes it beautifully.

There is an eastern meditation which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, I practice it when I’m alone, by holding half a smile. The facial expression is enough to make me feel more at peace and reduce my stress.


The diet

I always highlight the importance of a high-quality diet in all my articles, and I would also like to pinpoint it’s utmost importance when it comes happiness. As you consume lovely high-quality food, you must be mindful of chewing your food properly and eating in peace and quit. Too many people devour their meals and in doing so, it also affects their lives.

First and foremost, completely remove the white flour and white sugar from you diet. Especially the combination of fat and sugar is dangerous. So, when you are hit with a craving for a Danish pastry filled with cream and sugar, you should go instead for something healthy and sweet, such as dates, figs, grapes, oranges, honey, or choose a banana with lots of great vitamin-B, perhaps combining it with some nuts, almonds, or seeds. All nuts are healthy, but walnuts are especially rich in omega-3. Cashew nuts are very rich in zinc, which is good if you experience anxiety. Fruits can help promote well-being, so make sure that you include berries in your daily diet too.

You can also enjoy a piece of dark chocolate, which is filled with antioxidants and other mood boosting substances.

Corn products could be brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, and quinoa. Make your own portion of ecological oatmeal. Oatmeal is known for its calming effect and it can help increase your happiness.

Decrease your alcohol consumption. It will put a strain on your liver and imbalance your blood sugar. If you want to drink alcohol, consume  only very small amounts, and do it together with food that are fatty and oily. It reduces the absorption of the alcohol,and,drink plenty of water.

Avoid energy drinks, cola, and other carbonated drinks, you should also stay clear of any with artificial sweeteners.

Let the coffee you drink be of high quality and enjoy it in limited amounts. Be careful not to drink coffee too late in the day, it can easily destroy a good night’s sleep. You could also consider using a bit of cream as it reduces the effect of the caffeine.

Drink green tea and other herbal teas instead.

Instead of drinking cow’s milk, which doesn’t suit many people, you might opt for a full flavoured and healthy substitute, such as soy, rice, or almond milk, that might be mixed with nuts or coconut.

Make sure that you get plenty of vegetables, even as vegetable juices. You might want to consider spinach, which contains an array of good substances, which may increase your mood, for instance,due of its content of magnesium. Remember the leguminous fruits. A chickpea pancake is one of the best snacks for a happy brain. Ecological eggs with Omega 3 contain, in their raw or light cooked states, lecithin, which also aids your brain. Let fish and poultry be a stable part of your diet. Buy wild salmon if possible and make sure the poultry is ecological.

Lamb and steak are things that I personally enjoy, but I’m very careful with it, and I make sure that it’s meat from free range animals. I avoid smoked and salted products, as that alters the taste of quality.

I read an article, by writer and blogger Karin Lyager, saying studies have shown that vegetarians and vegans are more likely to be hit with depression than meat eaters. I admire the people who make these dietary choices, but I’m also well aware, that I cannot muster that lifestyle. However, I always make sure that the meat I eat is from animals who have led wonderful lives.

Choose good oils for your cooking. I’m personally most fond of olive oil, but I also enjoy flaxseed oil for my vegetables and salads. Coconut oil and butter is also great.

Dietary supplements

  • Supplements play a large role, if you aim to have a happy every day. Remember to take them on a regular basis.
  • Make sure you take a high-dosed multivitamin/mineral product.
  • You should also get a high-quality Omega-3 product.
  • Vitamin-C is one of the most important vitamins ,for me personally. It aids, among other things,the adrenocortical hormones and adrenal steroid hormones, as well as the immune system. The bioflavonoids belong to the vitamin-C complex. It’s therefore important to take a vitamin-C supplement which contains bioflavonoids to make an optimal absorption.
  • A vitamin-E supplement mixed with tocopherol ‘decreases the ageing process and provides nutrition for the entire body.
  • B-complex supports our immune system, among other things, and has an influence on our serotonin levels (the happiness hormone).
  • Lecithin is a fat, which is present in all cells. Lecithin promotes mental well-being and keeps you calm.
  • Q10 is included in the mitochondrial membrane. The mitochondria are the cell’s power plants and contributes by giving you energy.
  • PQQ describes the perfect partner to Q10. I see PQQ as a huge breakthrough and a great help in improving your health. Q10 helps the mitochondria function properly and PQQ can make new mitochondria. PQQ’s entire name is pyrroloquinoline quinone. It is found in different foods, and  in breastmilk.
    It was shown, in a 12-week double blind study, that a supplement of PQQ could reduce tiredness and nervousness, lower a heightened cholesterol, improve the quality of sleep, and improve the overall vitality.

Tips

  • Lack of sleep is the worst enemy of happiness. Getting an adequate amount of sleep plays important part in living a happy and harmonious life. Most people are best served by sleeping eight hours. Avoid chemical sleep medications. You should instead drink a bit of chamomile tea or consume other calming herbs or herbal tea. If you have difficulty falling asleep, then make it a habit to go to bed at 22:00. 
  • Make sure to exercise at least half an hour daily. Take a walk in nature where you are exposed to the full spectrum of light. Remember that play, dance and love are also forms of exercise.
  •  Remember to stay grateful. Be grateful for all the little things we often take for granted.

Atrial fibrillation

By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health specialist,
Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.

 

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The article is also available in Spanish, Finnish, Danish

 

Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm disturbance in the heart’s atrium. The atrium is contracting faster than with a normal heart rhythm.
Atrial fibrillation can often cause blood clots in the brain.

In this time, I seem to be surrounded by people who complain about atrial fibrillation. I was wondering why this was the case, until I stumbled across an article, that described different kinds of heart attack and mentioned, that the attacks occur most frequently in the months October, November, and December.
You should obviously see a doctor if you are experiencing heart problems. There are many effective ways to help your heart today.
You can take many actions yourself, to ensure that your heart remains strong and functioning, even as you get older. The heart is an amazing pump, that starts working even before we are born, only to continue all throughout our life.
We only have one heart, so we should see it as a wonderful gift that we take care of, but often we don’t think much about it, until it starts to signal that it needs attention and appreciation for its hard work.
The stress many of us are experiencing these days, is our hearts worst enemy. It is as if stress leaves a contagious source in the air, which is difficult to get around, but we must be very conscious to deal with it, in the best manner possible.
The heart is a very delicate motor, that doesn’t benefit from suddenly getting pushed to its max performance, as it can damage it.
I felt it with myself, when I had to run for half an hour with a heavy suitcase, when my plane was delayed and had to get to the next flight (which I ended up missing anyways). It lasted for a while, the feeling that I should take extra care of my heart.


The symptoms of atrial fibrillation
They are most commonly abnormal heart rhythm, difficulty catching your breath, chest pain together with dizziness and fatigue.
It is usually people above 50 that are affected by atrial fibrillation, and more than 13.000 people are yearly hospitalized with the affliction in Denmark. It is estimated that roughly 75.000 people live with the illness. Studies have shown that roughly 10% of all people have atrial fibrillation. It is a common sickness that exists in numerous variations, some people experience it as rare attacks, while other people have it more or less all the time.
Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm disturbance in the heart’s atrium. The atrium is contracting faster than with a normal heart rhythm.
Visit your doctor, if you suddenly feel that your heart is running rampant, with an unusual fast heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation can often cause blood clots in the brain.

The diet
The diet can perhaps not completely prevent atrial fibrillation, but it is certain that you can strengthen and keep your heart healthy through your diet.

If you have a large consumption of coffee and sugary treats, then cut down on them. Instead choose a high-quality green tea, you can also alternate between teas with nettle and ginger. Make sure to drink plenty of water of a high quality. Be careful with alcohol. The heart association discourages alcohol consumption completely. Too much alcohol can trigger symptoms connected with atrial fibrillation. Avoid fast-food such as burgers and hotdogs and exclude cake and fatty deserts. All in all, the combination of fat and sugar is a poor mix.
Eat lots of foods that contain plenty of antioxidants and focus on getting anti-inflammatory foods. Make sure, to the extend that it is possible, to eat ecological foods of a good quality.
Be careful with beef and animal innards and eat very little meat in general. Make sure that fish is on the menu at least two times a week. Be sparse with all kinds of dairy products, they help increase inflammation, which is often a part of having an irregular heart rhythm.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Apricots are strengthening for both heart and brain. You can eat dried apricots outside of the apricot season, but make sure that they are not treated with sulfur dioxide. It’s best to eat apricots after 3pm. Berries are good against atrial fibrillation. Your daily apple or two must not be forgotten. If you can get your hands on wild blueberries, optionally frozen, then use them in your daily diet. Another precious fruit is pineapple, which is also great for your green salads. Vegetables help flush out acid accumulations. Eat plenty of broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage etc. Make sure that your vegetables also contain leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, chard, field lettuce etc. Let onions be a part of your daily diet and remember the healthy artichoke.
If you haven’t tried it before, then introduce sweet potatoes into your diet. They bring many benefits, one of which is the relief of heart palpitations.
Use plenty of garlic, turmeric, ginger, and olive oil in your daily diet. You should also consider coconut in its different forms, such as oil or coconut water.
Eat plenty of nuts and almonds.
Avoid wheat products, but instead use buckwheat, quinoa, millet, and wholegrain rice. The products come in many variants, such as flour or grain for porridge and pasta. You can find many wonderful recipes for bread using these ingredients on the internet. Anette Harbech Olesen has written many easy-to-follow cook/baking books that doesn’t use wheat, but instead utilises other exciting grains.


Dietary supplements

  • Start with a broad-spectrum vitamin/mineral product, which is of good quality and easily absorbable.
  • There should also be a good and likewise easily absorbable vitamin-B product as a part of your base. Optionally you could supplement with extra vitamin-B12, in spray form or as a tablet.
  • Take extra vitamin-C. 1 – 1½ grams daily. It is important with all cardiovascular disorders. It helps repair the blood vessels and prevents inflammatory changes that causes atrial fibrillation.
  • You can optionally supplement with vitamin-E, up to 350 mg daily. Some people prefer to get their vitamin-E through wheat germ oil.
  • Selenium, 100 – 200 mcg daily can also be a great help.
  • Magnesium can be recommended, preferably 600 mg in the evening. There must also be calcium present in your dietary supplements. If you are not taking a supplement of vitamin-B, then you have to supplement with B6, as it aids the absorption of magnesium in the body.
  • Q10 is recommended, in doses between 100 – 300 mg daily. Make sure to get a product that has a documented absorption rate.
  • Omega-3 is very important for the heart and counteracts heartrate disturbances. It can be taken as a fish oil, roughly 2 grams daily, or in the form of flaxseed oil, 1 table spoon daily. Omega-3 does also have a vegan edition which is made from algae.
  • Hawthorn comes both in liquid and capsule form. When I personally experience difficulties with my heart, then I always turn to this and have done so in many years. I feel it has a remarkable strengthening effect on my heart, but it might not be as effective against atrial fibrillation. It is a great remedy for high blood pressure.
  • Pycnogenol is bark from a French pine tree and it’s very effective at preventing blood clots and supports a good blood circulation. You should take 1 tablet in the morning. It is a powerful antioxidant, that protects the body from damages from oxygen radicals and thereby prevents inflammation.
  • Garlic is also preventive against blood clots.
  •  The amino acid Taurine counteracts potassium deficiency, and it has been shown to help some people with heart problems, by strengthening and making the contractions in the heart muscle more efficient. Taurine can be a great 3-step rocket, together with magnesium and B6.
  • The amino acid L-carnitine also works as a heart strengthener and is known to improve irregular heart rhythms.
  • If you are receiving any prescription heart medication, then you should always discuss the supplements you are planning to take, with your doctor. The doctor should, in my opinion, be able to provide guidance about what combination of the allopathic medicine goes together with the dietary supplements that so many heart patients wish to use. This is very important, and the allopathic medicine often is affected by different supplements.


Tips

  • Stay far away from tobacco. If you are a smoker, then reduce your tobacco consumption as quickly as you can muster without getting stressed.
  • It is important to avoid stress, especially the long-lasting stress can be very burdensome on the heart. If you drive a car, then practice patience.
  • If you are overweight, then make sure that you start losing weight in a sensible way, again without too much stress, you may be able to utilize a dietician. The hard part comes after you have reached your desired weight, namely that you must keep your weight stable. So, if you have used a dietician, then keep that connection, incase you might need it again.
  • Make sure to get exercise. It is important, if you want to have a healthy heart, that you are active, so blood is circulating properly. If you are having a cold or have just had one, or another infectious disease, then you must spare your heart. Avoid exercise until you are completely healthy. It is often a virus in the heart muscle. We usually function fine with it, but if the heart is strained during an infection, then it can act up, as it doesn’t like to get pressured in these situations.
  • You must be aware that sick teeth can have tremendous influence on your heart. Certain teeth have direct reflex pathways to the heart. It takes a professional dentist and doctor to guide you in this matter.

Louise Hay writes, the heart represents love and our blood represents joy. Our heart lovingly pumps joy through our body. If we deny ourselves joy and love, then our heart shrinks and gets cold, and that is when heart attacks happen.
Louse Hay also mentions, that the people who experience heart attacks are never happy people. To avoid more heart attacks, you must give yourself time to appreciate the joys in life.