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May 17, 2017
The core four steps of senior health
To start with, there is no magic pill,
potion or cream that will rejuvenate us
short of cosmetic surgery. Aging is inevi-
table, like it or not, it is a fact. Because we
already can see how aging already affects
us, I won’t list all the external and inter-
nal things that are attributed to aging.
The best we can do now is slow down the
aging process and start helping the body
to repair itself.
Yes, our body knows how to do that.
Unfortunately, we still do many things
to interfere with this correction and
healing process. Imagine this, you have
a minimum of 37 trillion live body cells
constantly trying to duplicate themselves
into healthy, viable young cells in an
effort to rebuild and repair your body.
Why isn’t it happening then? Consider
your bad habits, medications treating
symptoms, poor diets, carrying excess
body fat, no intentional, continual exer-
cise, not getting 7 to 8 hours sleep, and so
on. It all comes down to discipline. We all
know what we should be doing or where
to get help to maintain healthful life rou-
tines, stopping bad habits, and making a
concerted effort to restore our body. But it
appears these necessary changes inter-
fere with the all the things we like to do....
and like to eat.
So, if you do not know what to do to
start assisting your body’s efforts to get
well, here are what we call the Core Four.
First, take a good (and I mean “good”)
vitamin supplement. This will help
supply what nutrients you are not get-
ting from food, which unfortunately is
considerable, regardless of how well you
eat. There are a few, truly effective multi
vitamin/supplements and many less
Second, take a high quality Omega-3
fish oil. Omega 3 and 6 are essential fatty
acids meaning the body cannot make
them. We get way too much Omega-6
from food, which then acts as a pro-in-
Here are some of Omega-6 sources: some
cooking oils (corn, safflower, flax, sun-
flower oils), mayonnaise, bakery prod-
ucts (cookies, cakes, pastries, muffins)
would be a short list. On the other hand,
Borage and Evening Primrose oils are
also Omega-6 but are very beneficial.
Third, drinking good water. For many
reasons, we do not recommend munici-
pal water, well or spring water and most
bottled water. Reverse Osmosis purified
water is an inexpensive source available
at Buehler’s, Baker’s & Walmart dis-
pensed from machines in the back of the
store. Drink small amounts of this water,
all day long.
And finally, and probably the most im-
portant is adding fiber to your daily diet.
The American diet is seriously devoid of
fiber and the proper dose of a good solu-
ble/insoluble fiber product every day can
literally change your life. We recommend
fortified, Non-GMO flaxseed meal for
more reasons than I have space for.
The human body has an amazing
ability to repair itself if its owner takes the
time and discipline to do so.
William J. Strandwitz PhD, is a retired
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
with more than 25 years’ experience in a
preventive medical office. He is presently
manager of Marilyn’s Natural Foods in
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