Stare a tempo con l'età: benessere Over65 Ecosalute

Health and wellness Over 65: feel good at any age

Time passes, age advances, and the body changes, transforms itself. Habits, rhythms, tastes change. And the needs of the organism also change, given by structural, physiological and biochemical variations within it.

The signs of aging, such as wrinkles on the skin, white hair, joint pain and everything else, are nothing but the amplified mirror of cellular aging . This is due to the slowing down and reduced efficiency of all the processes that take place inside the cells and which then determine the functioning of the organs and systems.

Going even more microscopically, we find that the reason cells undergo this aging process is in our DNA . DNA is a very long double helix chain of nucleic acids, which contains every single information about our organism, in every detail. In the complex process of DNA encoding and replication, it happens that this long double-stranded chain, by dint of being opened and closed to copy the base sequences and generate the proteins necessary for life, is consumed and begins to be illegible or to give incorrect information. . Moving away from our point of view from the micro to the macro, we see that this imperfect reading and copying generates evident changes that are nothing more than the signs that we are aging.

The first signs are noticed in those systems in which there is a very high cell turnover , or when new cells replace the old ones very quickly: the skin and the intestine . Wrinkles, spots, discolorations can be seen on the skin . In the intestine the problem is more serious, because old cells mean non-functioning cells, and non-functioning cells in the intestine mean a reduced absorption of nutrients , with the risk of dietary insufficiency and lack of vitamins and minerals. Calcium is certainly a mineral to pay attention to: few foods containing calcium are consumed after a certain age due to frequent intolerance to dairy products, and the calcium present in vegetables (green leaves such as spinach, black cabbage, herbs) is difficult to absorb because bound to oxalates and phytates. Taking a supplement of Calcium and Vitamin D , which promotes absorption, such as Alkavita Calcium Mix (2 tablets in the morning and 2 after lunch) is a good practice.

It also happens the antioxidant capacity of the organism is greatly reduced. But what does it mean? In our organism there are molecules (Glutathione, Resveratrol, Pycnogenol, Vitamin C ) or enzymes (SOD, catalase, peroxidase) which have the task of neutralizing free radicals , pro-oxidants, which would damage the cell structures and DNA. But if these antioxidants drop, the DNA is worn out, and the gut doesn't absorb nutrients well, what happens? The system that suffers the most is the cardiovascular system, which needs a lot of antioxidant power to protect itself, both from oxidized cholesterol and from free radicals in the circulation. A good mix of CoenzymeQ10, Hawthorn, Pine (rich in Pycnogenol) and Zinc (antioxidant) can be useful to protect the cardiovascular system from high oxidation: these ingredients are found in the VitaQuore (one tablet per day).

A little focus on hormones is a must. Hormones are messengers that carry indications from one organ to another, or sometimes even within the same organ. There are around 200 of them in our body, but we will only focus on two of them, estrogen and testosterone . When menopause arrives, estrogen drops, and women know that symptoms such as heat, variable mood, hunger or lack of appetite, poor quality sleep are caused precisely by this hormonal variation. There is no definite length of time for menopause, so it is sometimes necessary to seek relief from symptoms . Alfalfa is a plant rich in isoflavones which have the properties of being phytoestrogens (plant estrogens, which however manage to bind to human estrogen receptors and trigger a response). It helps prevent symptoms related to menopause and is also rich in vitamins, minerals and coumarins , other phyto-compounds that help regulate hormones (2 to 6 capsules a day before meals).

As for men, the change occurs both at the hormone level, with the reduced conversion of testosterone to its active form, dihydrotestosterone, and at the level of the prostate , which tends to swell after a certain age. Symptoms of difficult urination, constant nocturnal awakenings, pain and decreased libido can have a strong influence on well-being. This is why preventing , well before symptoms begin, is always a good idea. SOS Prostate , with Serenoa (the most studied and used plant in these cases, and also proven effective), Zinc, Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberry, Nettle Extract and Wheat Germ Oil is a product suitable for this type of approach.

Knowing what happens in our body, whether it is a cough, a sunburn or aging, helps us to face the situation prepared, calm and with serenity !