How to become a “wise elder” is another unique emphasis of this book. The author encourages us to learn from many different cultures and traditions a more life-positive view of aging. In fact, she coins the word “Youthing” to describe such a re-orienting of mind, purpose and activity toward optimum vibrancy and flexibility, leading to longevity. Stories of successful transitions into elderhood give hope to those who are confused or anxious about becoming older.
Since the body’s health is intimately related to that of mind and emotions, a Youthing approach will be characterized by equanimity, gratitude, forgiveness and dynamic relationship with others. Her many exercises and suggestions are designed to encourage readers to value themselves as worthwhile wisdom contributors. “You can assume the stance of a respected elder,” she declares, “even if the surrounding culture does not immediately support that.” In other words, readers are invited to “be the change” they want to effect.
Far from being a scholarly or scientific text, Your Aging Body Can Talk is written for immediate use by maturing practitioners or laypersons. Throughout the book, the concerns of an aging population are consistently placed in the forefront:
How to develop an anti-inflammation diet and lifestyle
The factors that affect longevity
How to build cognitive health and brain vibrancy
How to find or refine your life’s purpose, no matter what your age
Why detoxification is so essential, at any age.
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People in more traditional cultures learned to rely on the wisdom of their own bodies . . . they had to, for survival! They listened to how their bodies desired to interact with their native environments. For example, they lived in harmony with the constant movement of day and night, seasonal changes, and seasons of life changes. Commonly, those with extended lifespan had access to fresh, locally grown and/or raised foods, free from GMOs, pesticides, preservatives, dyes, or other toxins that are used today.
Many of us, however, do not have the luxury of a pristine and simple lifestyle, but instead live in a technologically-advancing, industrial world where choices are so abundant that sometimes it may be hard to discern the healthiest options in lifestyle orientation or food choices, along with what healing methods are best suited to our ongoing strength, happiness and longevity. Clinical Kinesiology, on which this book is based, provides those of us who may not live such an intuitively guided lifestyle with an accurate and easy-to-use methodology that teaches us to understand our body’s language and tune into its true, healthy desires.
Today, we have the benefit of education, resources, and other more accessible tools available to allow us to make the best choices for ourselves and our descendents. This book is about making the best of what we have with wise and informed choices.
It is about becoming a top-notch “Youthing” expert⎯a maturing adult who is committed to achieving vibrant health, happiness and wellbeing for themselves and others.
Success in any area rarely happens by accident. Instead, it involves careful planning and effort. This book will help you both design your own plan to support healthy “youthing” and visualize its fulfillment. It will be your guide in the process. In this way you too can become as successful in arena of health and wellbeing as any professional athlete or acclaimed artist is in their field.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Philosophy and Culture of Eldering 1
Chapter 2 Build Your Niche, Define Your Path 12
Chapter 3 Coming to Terms 19
Chapter 4 Move it and Preserve it 33
Chapter 5 Eat What You Are Made Of… 52
Chapter 6 … and Trash the Rest: Detoxing for Longevity 105
Chapter 7 Inflammation: The Anti-Youthing Agent 137
Chapter 8 Brain Longevity 157
Chapter 9 Youthing: Create Your Health and Longevity 176
Appendix: Muscle Testing Procedure 193