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consuming anti-oxidants, protecting our mitochondria and optimising the endocrine system.

Research has unequivocally proven that supplementing with anti oxidants such as Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C in therapeutic dosages radically reduces free radical damage. As well as consuming appropriately high amounts of EPA DHA omega three fatty acids and B Vitamins, including folate, B6 and B3. As well as Coenzyme Q-10. Altering one’s environment through healthy nutrition and daily resistance based exercise has proven beyond doubt that the environmental influence on genetic expression is no longer a hypothesis but a living reality.

So where does one start?

The internet is a minefield of information, confusing at best, contradictory at worst.

Start by understanding that your health regardless of where you are at currently or genetic predisposition, is entirely in your own hands. It is not the responsibility of your doctor to keep you well. Health is a choice we all make. Only you can decide what you put in your mouth and whether to stay in bed or go to the gym.

Next, keep in mind that the body is not a machine. Once a part is “broken” the body has an awe inspiring ability to heal, given the right tools, namely nutrients. Therefore do not resign yourself to what you may have thought inevitable, do not give up on yourself.

As humans we are “heard animals”. We are not meant to be alone. The power of community and bonding with another individual is a key factor to living well. After all, if you don’t have someone or something to live for, what is the point?

This ties in with stress. Stress will age you if not kill you faster than anything else. Stress is best managed through exercise. “A problem shared is a problem halved”. Never think you have to suffer alone. There is always someone who will be there for you if you let them.

Find your nutritional fit. Not necessarily the diet that works for your best friend. A good nutrition program has to fit in with your life, not the other way around. If a nutrition program excludes a major food group, common sense dictates it can’t be good for you. Trust your instincts. Nutrition is a way of life, not for a limited period of time. A balanced nutrition plan should leave you feeling satisfied and energised throughout the day.

And finally learn about appropriate supplementation, as mentioned earlier on. Unfortunately we do not get everything we need from food alone. Modern farming and processing practices have resulted in soil and ultimately foods that are nutritionally compromised. Yet you do not have to subject yourself to a cocktail of pills three times a day. A well structured supplementation program, designed for your specific outcomes is all you will need to fill in the nutritional blanks.

Most importantly, remember that you are never too old or too ill to live well, it is a choice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicci Robertson

Nicci is the founder of the Re~Invent Company and author of the Re-Invent Wellness Coaching Methodology. She is a clinical nutritionist, master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Pycho-neuro immunology. She is First Line Therapy certified. Together with her husband Charn, they consult to a number of multi national companies regarding staff wellness, work life balance strategies, executive wellness coaching and stress management. While running a thriving nutrition and wellness coaching practice in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Change comes from a willingness to engage in new ideas about what is possible.

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