Tag Archives: Ages

The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series! I guess that’s about the most popular news story in these parts.  My father was a huge Red Sox fan and I only wish he could be here to savor this victory by his beloved baseball team!

Part of the reason they won the World Series is that they kept injuries to a minimum and went in to the post season will a physically intact team. Speaking of physically intact, I could use a lesson in remaining so.

I don’t quite know what I did, but it appears to have been a deep strain of the abdominal muscles due to doing an exercise I have not done in ages. Naturally I went too heavy on it and paid the price.

I have yet to figure out if it’s just a bad pull or worse, like a breach of the abdominal wall. In any case, it precludes any direct work to that area as I let it heal. With this news in mind, I would make a case for easing into ANY exercise program.

As I have mentioned many times, the real value of exercise is in the quality of the exercise NOT the quantity. It’s easy to overdo things, and the result is never positive when you do that, as evidenced by my latest injury issue.

Don’t get me wrong, exercise is one of the most important components in staying healthy, but understand that there is good exercise and not so good exercise. Always start very conservatively and don’t push too fast too soon.

Professional athletes and movies stars often embark on rigorous exercise routines because they have a limited amount of time to get into shape and millions of dollars are invested in what they are doing.

We however, being ordinary people are not forced by circumstance to rush this process and so should go slow and easy. If you are middle aged and don’t have a history of intense exercise, you should get checked out by a doctor prior to starting an exercise program.

Stress tests can indicate cardiac abnormalities that might give you a problem, and so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even people with heart conditions can and should exercise, BUT they should also start very conservatively and build up their duration and intensity slowly.

Your beginning routine might be so easy that you doubt it’s helping you at all, but in truth you are being smart and setting the stage for future improvements. Even simple stretches to start and end your day might be all you need for a beginning routine until you feel that you want to bring things up a notch. At that point you can begin to build on a solid foundation.

Click on the link below to check out my page on “antiaging exercise”

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/antiaging-exercise.html

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For those of you who may be fibromyalgia sufferers or know someone who is, you might like to know that there are several products that can be of help. These products do not address the root cause of Fibro, BUT they can potentially offer some relief from the symptoms.

The first is called “methylfolate” and is a form of folic acid that can be absorbed and utilized by people with the MTHFR gene defect. Since 55% of the North American population carries that gene, lots of people out there cannot properly absorb folic acid.

Without the ability to properly absorb folic acid, the toxic amino acid homocysteine can build up in the blood causing increased inflammation which exacerbates Fibromyalgia. Using methylfolate can help lower homocystiene levels and thus help Fibro, not to mention lowering your risk of heart disease as well!

Here is a link to Jarrow Formula’s production

http://www.age-better.info/methylfolate

If you try this nutritional supplement, please let me know how it works for you. Dosage requirements would vary from person to person, but the rule of thumb I go by is to start with the smallest dose, and see how that works for you.

Start with one capsule (400 mcg) and you can take this 3-4 times per week or every other day. If you have the MTHFR gene defect, you should notice a feeling of calmness and well being.

You can tell if you have this defect by eating asparagus and noticing of yoiur urine has a strong odor afterward. If the odor is present, this is an indication that you have this gene defect, and would benefit by taking methyl donors like methylfolate, SAM-E, or trimethylglicine.

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The other two items I will mention are magnesium, and malic acid. It’s quite possible that you could combine the two in the form of magnesium malate, and although I have never used this form of magnesium it would be logical that it might be effective.

Malic acid is low in Fibromyalgia sufferers and so it makes logical sense to try supplementing these two nutrients to see if they offer relief. You can read an interesting paper about malic acid and Fibromyalgia at the link below:

http://healingpoints.com/Fibromyalgia.PDF

If you try this approach please write and tell me about your experiences with it, as well as asking any questions you have, and I will try my best to find the answers for you.

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I am half Armenian, well actually since I was adopted it’s more accurate to say that my father was of Armenian extraction, and I find that after his passing, I have an interest in learning more about the language and culture. It makes me feel closer to my father.

There is an instrument, a very ancient instrument from Armenia called the “Duduk.” It’s a wind instrument played with a reed that is appearing more often in Hollywood and other venues due to it’s mystical and enchanting sound.

The Armenians make this instrument from apricot wood and the legend is that this wood originally grew in the Garden of Eden which some scholars say was adjacent to Ancient Armenia, in the valley of the Zagros mountains in what is now Iran.

The Duduk has been described by some as sounding almost like a human voice and is not played all over the world by musicians, many of whom are not Armenian but were drawn to the instrument because of it’s soulful sound.

Here is a clip that I hope will enchant all who listen to it… The song is called “Nostalgia” and it is masterfully played by Kamil Radzimowski.

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This newsletter is read by people all over the world, so if you have something that you would like me to share such as music from your country or culture with the other readers, please let me know.

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Being a huge Star Trek fan, this clip is a favorite of mine. In it, the character of Spock explains to fellow Vulcan Lt. Valeris, that there is much more to wisdom than just logic. It is interesting because it is an example of the way the character of Spock evolved in the films and learns to come to terms with his human half.

He learns that his Vulcan logic needs to be complimented by his human feelings and perspective. He understand the shortcomings of denying his true self and knows that he cannot achieve wisdom without fully embracing who and what he is.

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“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”

Wilhelm von Humboldt

 

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Age Better Newsletter – Issue #12- January 3rd, 2013
Published by George Parigian Jr. for Opted-in Subscribers
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Hello,

Happy New Year!  This weeks topic is heavyhands, exercise, and weight loss…

For some odd reason I’m optimistic about the coming year despite the unlucky “13” aspect of it. I have some things I really want to accomplish this year and I know you do too.

My hope is that I can share some things with you that will help you move forward with your goals and plans whatever they may be. Health is key in all of this, and I will have some really cool stuff to share with you during the coming year.

Exercise resolutions are usually part of the New Year, but I am going to share some revelations with you about exercise that may really surprise you. Just remember in all this that in order to make it effective, you need to know just what you are trying to achieve.

To be effective, exercise should be intense and brief. The way exercise affects your hormonal system is the key. Long slow exercise raises levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) that tends to make you fatter. Hard to believe, but it’s true.

Brief and intense exercise has a positive effect on your hormone system, which results in fat burning and building of lean muscle tissue. For weight loss purposes all you need is about 15 minutes 3 times per week of brief intense exercise.

“Heavyhands” is a book that will show you how you can accomplish this and why it will work for you. It’s been out for a few years but still a great book and just as current as the day it was written!

Using this concept and following an “interval training protocol” I lost 10 lbs in two weeks with no dieting, and about 11.25 minutes of actual exercise (when you subtract rest periods) per session. This equals about 33.75 minutes of actual exercise per week!

http://www.age-better.info/heavyhands

 

“Heavyhands” will explain how having your hands weighted allows you to burn a lot more calories than you otherwise would. But it’s not just the calories you burn while exercising, it’s the boost in your metabolic rate that will have you burning more calories even when you are sacking out on the couch!

All the information you need to make this happen is in the book. Sound good? Then pick up a copy and start losing those pounds you have wanted to shed so badly!

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Now…I have some bragging to do. I attended the Boston Ballet production of the “Nutcracker” last week for the very first time and had the pleasure of watching my cousin Remy Anne in this time honored performance.

This was a very enjoyable show that seemed amazingly short to me, perhaps because it immerses you in that holiday fantasy world of dancing toy soldiers, princes and princesses, and of course “The Nutcracker.”

Remy is a pre-professional student at the Boston Ballet and she graced the stage as one of the Marzipan Shepherds. Although only time will tell, I believe she has the talent, passion, and perseverance to become a prima ballerina!

Remy comes from an artistic family, as her dad is an actor and her grandfather was a former professor at the Mass College of Art. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I am proud of my cousin and it’s wonderful to see her develop into a great dancer.

If you have a chance to catch this wonderful show in your location, don’t hesitate, and of course it goes without saying that this is 100% OK for the youngest kids out there. They will love it for sure!

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After attending the afternoon performance of the Nutcracker, we caught “The Hobbit” in IMAX.  I have never read any of Tolkien’s books, but have seen the ring trilogy and now the Hobbit.

This is a very enjoyable film, as it really immerses you in the fantasy world of “Middle Earth.” For me a good movie should draw you into the story and cause you to make an emotional connection to the characters.

“The Hobbit” did that for me and left me wanting more, just what a feature film should do. This is a film for all ages, although some scenes may be a bit rough for really young children.

Directed by Peter Jackson, and featuring a number of great actors like Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchette, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, and Ian McKellan as Gandalf reprised their roles.

This film ran nearly 3 hours, but seemed short to me. It was THAT engaging, and for me, this is what it’s all abut, that when  film ends you very much want the story to go on, and it does, but that will be left to the sequels!

This film scored at rating of 8.4 from IMDb.com, which pretty much says it all!

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Winter can be tough on skin, with drying, windburn, and cold temperatures if you live in the northern latitudes. Remember that hydration is also important, and often you don’t get as thirsty as in summer, but you still need to drink plenty of water.

Use lip balms, and face creams to prevent against windburn and chapping. NaPCA by Twinlab is a great choice especially with added aloe to keep your skin hydrated. Remember to dress extra warmly as well, because:

heat loss=energy loss=lowered immunity from colds and flu!

I am working on what I call a “cold weather solution” but frankly there is not much research in this area for me to draw on. I will however have a recommendation for winter stress in the next newsletter, I just have to do some digging though before I can actually suggest something I am comfortable recommending to you, so stay tuned…

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Once again, thank you for listening, and there will be another newsletter heading your
way next Thursday. Look for it in your inbox, and please don’t hesitate to
write with your questions or comments.

You can reach me at:  george362@comcast.net

Yours in health,

George Parigian Jr.
Age Better Newsletter

Age Better Newsletter #7:  The Best Product on the Planet for Under
Forty Dollars…

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Age Better Newsletter – Issue #7 – November 30th, 2012
Published by George Parigian Jr. for Opted-in Subscribers
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Hello again,

I trust everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and survived
Black Friday! Personally I avoid the rush and shop during off hours, but to
each his own.  I have a couple of product recommendations for you.

First I want to remind you that there is a way you can neutralize those
cravings for sweets that surface during the holidays. I think lots of people
avoid making the commitment to eat healthier because they think it means
giving up everything they enjoy eating.

Not true….. In reality, when you can undercut the “cravings” for certain
foods, you regain control over what you put in your mouth and can begin
to get a handle on your weight issues.

You can still have and enjoy those delicious foods and deserts, but you
won’t “crave,” them. That is, you won’t be a slave to sweets, and will be
able to enjoy your them from time to time without binging on them, or
feeling compelled to eat them.

For instance, I LOVE cheesecake! However I probably only eat it once a
year. I thoroughly enjoy it when I do eat it, but I don’t crave it, and don’t
miss it during the year. It tastes just as good to me as it ever did, but I
don’t HAVE to have it, if that makes sense.

One trick I will share with you is to use an amino acid called “glutamine,”
to trick your body into thinking it’s getting sugar. You can find glutamine in
any health food store and lots of online vitamin websites.

Take a tablespoon of glutamine mixed in about 4 ounces of water. That
should do the trick. It has a mildly sweet taste, but it otherwise bland. It
should definitely help you lessen those sweet cravings and allow you to
keep sugar consumption to a minimum.

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Ok, now for the recommendation I promised you. Maybe I exaggerated a
bit, but this product IS probably the best money I ever spent for a kitchen
item. It’s a the Oster Electronic Vegetable Steamer. A great product for
short money!

I like to steam my vegetables. It’s an easy and convenient way to cook
them and still keep the nutritional value in them. Since I do all my own
cooking, I want something fast and easy.

Here are the steps with this device:

1) Fill with water
2) Put vegetables in the container
3) set the timer
4) Push the button

That it! The unit steams the veggies and beeps when they are done! I
have been using this thing for over 5 years, pretty much EVERY DAY, and
it has worked flawlessly every time!

It even beeps to warn you if you forget to put the water in.
(It won’t start without water) and yes…I HAVE forgotten the water once or
twice.

It was worth every penny I paid, and it makes preparing meals so much
easier.

Here is the Amazon link: http://amzn.to/10XZpPP

It would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys cooking, or
actually even for those who don’t, as the convenience factor is huge here.
Check it out on Amazon. I know it’s one purchase you will definitely be
glad you made.

I did a review of this product on my website. You can read it here:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/electric-vegetable-steamer.html

Please do let me know how you like it!

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I have a movie suggestion to share with you now. Being a romantic at
heart, I love movies that pull you into the storyline emotionally.
“First Knight,” starring Sean Connery Richard Gere, and Julia Ormand is
just such a film.

I watched it again recently and enjoyed it every bit as much as the first
time. This is a variation of the story of “Camelot.” This tale known and
loved over the ages, has all the elements of a classic story of love,
tragedy, betrayal and forgiveness.

It is as timeless as the day it was written and “First Knight” is in my mind
the best rendering of this story and the most enjoyable. Great
performances by Connery (who was born to play Arthur).

Julia Ormand is wonderful as Guinevere, Richard Gere is equally so as
Lancelot, and Ben Cross is convincingly evil as the rouge knight
“Prince Malagant.”

It tells the story of a woman (Guinevere), in love with two men
(Arthur and Lancelot) though in different ways. Torn by her feelings, she
struggles to remain true to her vows to Arthur, as the kingdom is
threatened by a rouge army led by the evil Malagant.

The sword fight between the evil knight Malagant and Lancelot
(played by Gere) is a stunner. It is perhaps the most electrifying sword
fight on film (my opinion).

The sword fighting scenes while nor particularly gory are perhaps a bit
rough for younger viewers, so use your discretion.

Here is a clip from the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofb_xRG8k3E

Do yourself a favor during the holidays….rent “First Knight” and enjoy it
with family and friends. I know you won’t be disappointed! Just remember
to keep the Kleenex handy…you are going to need it! _:)

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In the next newsletter I will have a suggestion for those of you who are
looking to create a little extra income to help pay the bills or just to be
able to afford the little extras like taking a trip, or buying something you
have wanted for some time.

Although this newsletter is about “anti-aging” please understand that we
are talking about a lifestyle change, not just popping a pill here and there.
“Aging Better” is about desiring and planning for better health AND better
quality of life in all areas.

To the best of my ability I will share what I know and what I have discover
with all of you! Health and success are the most satisfying when you can
share them with others!

I will leave you now with a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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Thanks for reading “Age Better.” Look for the upcoming issue of the
newsletter next Friday!

Your in Health,

George