“I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good ONCE as I ever was” is a song that you may have heard. The singer tells about the his inability to do the things he used to be able to do physically – but on occasion, when called upon, he was able to rise to the challenge and succeed. You may have these moments yourself.
Aging, maladies, and various other inhibiting factors can lessen the capacity that we once had to live life vigorously. We can succumb or succeed, depending on attitude, adjustments, and certain actions- the AAA approach. This success strategy can enable us to have a few more “ONCE” experiences.
Dr. Andrew Weil is the media guru for living better longer. He has been a TIME cover story, been on Larry King and most every other talk show. His commitment to researching, living, and teaching about maximizing good health is exemplary. His advice is worth noting. Weil invites us with these words: “It is important to learn how to live in appropriate ways in order to maximize health and happiness. That should be an essential goal for all of us.”
The Dr. Weil headline items for aging well include:
DIET: (specific recommendations regarding carbohydrates, fat, protein, fiber, phytonutrients).
VITAMINS AND MINERALS: (emphasis on Vitamins C and E, Selenium, multivitamin, and calcium).
SUPPLEMENTS: (fish oil, aspirin, ginger and tumeric, co-enzyme Q-10)
WATER: (6-8 glasses every day)
EXERCISE: (cardio-vascular, strength training, stretching (he loves yoga)
REST AND SLEEP: (develop good sleep habits).
TOUCH AND SEX: (“find ways to touch and be touched as you move through life.” He particularly recommends massage, love-making with a partner, and solo sex).
STRESS REDUCTION: (exercise, meditation, breath techniques)
THOUGHTS, EMOTIONS, AND ATTITUDES: (positive mind set, psychotherapy, and medicinal drugs).
SPIRIT: (spiritual health and practice)
One thing Dr. Weil does not mention specifically in the article is the aging of the brain. The above regimen certainly is helpful for slowing the process of diminished brain functioning. Other practices for enhanced brain power would be cross word puzzles, reading, memorizing, learning a foreign language, a glass of red wine – and reflecting on this blog!