Aging Gracefully

By Carol Wilson ~

Continuing with my theme of Weight & Wellness Over 40 (and over 50, and over 60, and over 70, and over 80, and over 90…)  I have focused on such topics as metabolism, loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia), sleep, active exercise, the experience of being a late-bloomer and the joy of being young-at-heart.  This month my focus is on how adopting an “Isagenix Lifestyle” has helped me to live consciously and “Age Gracefully.”  

I have been a Wellness & Lifestyle Coach with Isagenix for the past six years. Isagenix was founded by John Anderson and Jim and Kathy Coover in 2002. This simple, sensible, satisfying, healthy lifestyle focuses on releasing toxins (not everyone is overweight, but we all have toxins in our bodies), living consciously and putting good nutrition in our bodies easily and conveniently. It’s a cornerstone of the Isagenix program since much of our food today is lacking in both vitamins and minerals. Chemicals have now taken their place. 

The Isagenix program of conscious living is helping me to achieve many of my goals:

My goal of becoming Stronger and Leaner: IsaLean Shake. ‘Sarcopenia’ – the loss of muscle mass associated with aging, is caused by inadequate dietary protein intake, lack of exercise, increased oxidative stress, and other nutritional imbalances.  People who are physically inactive often lose as much as 3 to 5 percent of their muscle mass each decade after age 30. An IsaLean Shake, with 24 grams of targeted proteins, including ‘whey protein,’ which is rich in ‘branched-chain amino acids,’ supports optimal protein absorption and effective muscle building for aging adults. 

My goal of becoming more Energetic and Healthy: Isagenix Healthy Aging Solution. With age-related muscle loss comes fat gain. Adults can gain as much as 1/2 a pound of fat every year after age 30. It’s not surprising then, that more than one-third of U.S. adults over age 65 are obese. The “Isagenix Healthy Aging Solution” combines protein-rich Shake Days with very low-calorie intake on Cleanse Days in order to build muscle, burn fat, and assist with long-term weight maintenance. Making Cleanse Days part of my conscious aging program to what I call “Aging Gracefully.”

My goal of becoming Happier:  Isagenix Ionix Supreme. One of the greatest contributors to premature aging is stress. While short bursts of the stress hormone, cortisol, can help avoid life-threatening situations (think “fight or flight”), chronically elevated levels of stress create an imbalance of oxidative stress within the body that may lead to serious health consequences over time.  Priming my body with the “Adaptogens” found in “Ionix® Supreme” have strengthened my capacity to resist and reduce the effects of stress. 

My goal of Nourished Wellness: Isagenix Ageless Essentials. Ageless Essentials™ with Product B® IsaGenesis® is more than a vitamin pack. It contains the right amounts of vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants in convenient A.M. and P.M. packs to complement my diet and support healthy aging. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009-2010 shows that nearly the entire U.S. population is at risk of vitamin and mineral insufficiency—and older adults are no exception.

My goal of achieving cellular health and protection:  Product B. An important part of healthy aging is maintaining the integrity of the 100 trillion cells that make up the body, specifically by supporting “telomere” health. These little clusters of DNA at the end of chromosomes provide cellular protection and allow cells to divide and replicate—an essential function for tissue growth. ‘ Product B® IsaGenesis®’ has been scientifically designed to deliver optimal levels of active ingredients targeted to support telomere health – I can tell the difference.

“Aging Gracefully” requires a complex interaction of genetics, chemistry, physiology, and behavior. With this in mind, Isagenix is committed to creating products and systems supported by science to establish a new way to age—one that’s defined by a high quality of life. Everybody ages. It’s inevitable and a fact of life. But not everyone consciously ages “gracefully.” Aging does not have to mean slowing down or settling for less-than-perfect health – been there, done that. 

Say goodbye to the ways people have not consciously aged in the past, or not aged gracefully in the past.  Embracing the findings of an ever-growing body of medical and nutritional research, scientists at Isagenix are creating ways to help keep the body in a more youthful state. As with all aspects of health, no one product is the answer.  Isagenix, however, offers a “Total Health and Longevity System with Product B® IsaGenesis®”. This system is formulated to “target the physiological changes associated with accelerated aging: muscle loss, weight gain, oxidative stress, insufficient micronutrient intake, and threatened cellular integrity,” to help you live more consciously and age more “gracefully.” 

I invite you to join me on this journey.  We do not have to give up on all the things we once enjoyed. Regular exercise, sleep, managing stress, gaining optimal nutrition, and adopting a more conscious lifestyle and routine, may not BE the answer, but it is way ahead of whatever is in second place.  My ‘bucket list’ is a mile long and I am checking off the boxes.  I’m truly grateful to be part of this company and culture and to be able to share some of my journeys, with others. As George Burns once said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” 

My new focus to live more consciously and gracefully:   Enjoy life.  Live well.  Live adventurously.  Live with gratitude and grace.  Live consciously.  How you choose to live effects not only your life but also affects the lives of others.  We are co-creators of the Universe.