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It’s fair to say that the past few years have given me food for thought. Gone are the halcyon days of my youth when I embarked on every physical activity on offer with no thought for what it might be doing to my body! I can still vividly recall racing effortlessly around a hockey pitch, a basketball, squash or tennis court, swimming, horse riding, playing cricket or lacrosse.

Thank goodness for happy memories!

As I enter the fourth quarter of the first century of my life, body parts are failing. Several joints have been replaced, my heart stopped beating briefly, my bone density isn’t what it was, my thyroid is misbehaving and goodness knows where my muscles have gone.

‘Mum’ said my eldest daughter, Kate, ‘you can’t do anything about the fact that you’re getting older, but there are things you can do about looking after your body’. She recommended that I start doing some regular resistance exercises to strengthen my major muscle groups, as well as continuing to eat well and take some supplements.

Sound advice! So I went to see my physiotherapist and he completely agreed. So now I’ve got quite a list to add to my daily walk and gardening. It’s a routine that’s quite easy to get used to and, if it’s going to help my body to last longer, then it’s worth it. You might think it’s worth finding out more about it too from your physiotherapist. And the beauty of the exercises is that they can be done standing or sitting in front of the television, instead of becoming a couch potato at the end of a long day!

But wait there’s more. I've known for some time that it’s very important to include at least the following two supplements with a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables. There are other things we can take as well (with the proper advice) but these two are pretty vital for our general health and wellbeing. But don't take my word for it - consult those in the 'know' - like a really experienced and well-informed pharmacist.

Boron is distributed throughout the body with the highest concentration in the parathyroid glands, followed by bones and dental enamel. It is essential for healthy bone and joint function, regulating the absorption and metabolism of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus through its influence on the parathyroid glands. The standard dose is 1 teaspoon of concentrate mixed with 1 litre of water. It goes a very long way! Take 1-4 teaspoons of the solution each day, the higher dose if you suffer from such things as arthritis, osteoporosis, cramps, stiffness, etc. If all this is in the too hard basket, capsules are also available.

Magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including the metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and the transmission of nerve impulses. It’s important for bone formation and helps the body to assimilate calcium into the bones. Calcium and magnesium are important for maintaining bone health and preventing osteoporosis. If one is taking a calcium supplement, it’s important to take magnesium and boron as well to ensure that the calcium is properly metabolised.

We don’t know when our lives will come to an end but I think it’s important to give ourselves the best chance we can of remaining healthy and happy right up to the final moment.

So thanks, Kate, for the wakeup call - and back to the exercises …

It's your thoughts that count - when you're ageing

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