When it comes to aging well and living the optimal life, it’s hard to find a greater advocate than physician Theresa Ramsey. Hosts John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson of “Successful Aging” on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX invited Ramsey back to the show to discuss the myriad of topics related to living life to the fullest and in the most pro-active healthy way possible.
Ramsey, from The Center for Natural Healing, is a physician, speaker, lifestyle expert and author. She is a regular expert guest on the television show, “Your Life A to Z,” and her focus in her clinical practice is in lifestyle and preventative aging with bio-identical hormone replacement.
Ramsey points out that our bodies eventually quit producing estrogen, progesterone and testosterone hormones when we go through menopause and andropause. In order to keep our cellular make up in the best shape possible to fight cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia, these hormones are essential. The added benefit to bio-identical hormone replacement is like having a newly charged battery - we will feel better, sleep sounder, have more energy and feel sharper.
Oakeson asked what role our thyroids play in overall good health and Ramsey said, “The thyroid is my favorite hormone, because it turns on every cell.” It’s very important that your thyroid is functioning correctly, because, when it isn’t, you become tired and lethargic. This prompted the questions of how important melatonin and vitamin D3 are to our bodies.
Ramsey said, “Melatonin is the strongest antioxidant and it also helps us get that deep sleep at night that our brains and bodies need so desperately.”
Equally important is vitamin D3, because it helps to absorb calcium and promote bone growth and strength.
As their conversation continued, it was apparent that our whole system works better when our cells are at ease and our hormones are in-sync. Lack of sleep, low energy, the inability to lose weight, foggy memory and stress are all due to the fact that we aren’t taking care of our health.
Ramsey kept emphasizing the need to keep our hormones at the optimal levels, but we also need to be cognizant of what we eat. By eliminating sugar and minimizing consumption of carbohydrates, eating vegetables and protein as our main food sources, we give our bodies the energy to thrive. As to the question of exercise, Ramsey says it’s best not to over exercise. It’s healthy to increase your heart rate and then recover in a 10-minute span twice a day and it is very important to keep moving.
In closing, it was obvious they had only begun to scratch the surface of how to have optimal health throughout a lifetime, but it was also evident that Ramsey will continue her quest to inform and educate about the choices we can make to live a life well lived.
For more information on these topics or to ask a question, visit www.successfulaging.info. Tune in every Tuesday to Independent Talk KFNX 1100, as we continue to explore “Successful Aging.”