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Lifestyle : Forever Young 2011
1HERSA1 A035 Wonders of China The ideal introduction to China's most popular cities and attractions. Visit dynamic Shanghai, enjoy a four night cruise on the Yangtze River, witness the amazing Terracotta Warriors in Xian and treasure-filled Beijing. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the cuddly pandas at Chongqing Zoo. 17 DAYS FULLY INCLUSIVE From$4,617p.p twin share ex Syd Departs 4 Mar 2012 Call 1300 727 998 or contact your AFTA Travel Agent www.wendywutours.com.au Prices are per person, twin share ex Syd. Airline fuel surcharge and tipping included and subject to change. Advertised price based on Wonders of China departing 4 Mar 2012. Regular departures available. Seasonal surcharges apply. Prices and availability correct as at 15 Nov 2011 and are subject to change. Tour details and booking conditions as per Wendy Wu Tours 2012/13 China brochure. Wendy Wu Tours Lic No 2TA4792. 8196K. 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Nature's way Natural remedies that may help improve your quality of life: Brain/memory function and heart health --- omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and fish oil. Muscle and bone strength and immune function --- vitamin D. Clearer skin --- vitamin C. Eye health --- lutein (found in green leafy vegetables). Relief for anxiety or mild depression --- St John's wort. Ease insomnia --- herbs such as valerian or lemon balm. Eat your greens . . . as you grow older, maintaining a healthy diet, full of unprocessed foods, is paramount. Photo: Josh Robenstone AGEING might be inevitable but there are things that can be done to support a higher quality of life as the years tick by, giving you the best chance of a healthy and happy old age. The director of education at Blackmores, naturopath Pam Stone, says the first thing people should do to assist growing old gracefully is to look at their health from a holistic point of view, addressing mind and body equally. ''A healthy body will help support the mind but you have to work on mental health, too; you can't neglect either as the two are integrated,'' she says. A naturopath for almost three decades, Stone says it's important for people to remember that although growing older is unavoidable, we all make choices. ''It's not a fait accompli that we will all become victims of the ageing process,'' she says. Dr Peter Lewis, a practitioner at Manly's YourHealth centre -- which provides a combination of conventional medicine and natural therapies, says as people grow older, basics such as regularly eating a variety of fresh, unprocessed foods are vital. Yet although a healthy, balanced diet may sound simple, it's not always as straightforward as it should be. ''Sometimes getting all the vitamins and minerals you need is hard -- even with a good diet,'' Lewis says. So analysing vitamin and mineral intake is, along with eating well and exercising regularly, an important step in living healthier for longer. For example, in Australia, despite our warm climate, many people are vitamin D deficient and if not addressed, low levels of the so- called sunshine vitamin may have a negative effect on life expectancy. An advocate for combining conventional and alternative medicines, Lewis says about 80 per cent of patients he tests are also deficient in iodine, which can add to health problems as people age. Iodine -- found in many foods, including dairy products, eggs and, the best source, kelp or seaweed -- is important for regulation of the thyroid gland. Iodine deficiency can affect metabolic function, which is vital for energy use and brain functionality. Substandard memory and mental capacity are complaints often linked with the ageing process but things such as eating foods rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, commonly found in fish, can help. Heart disease and a weakening of the bones are also common from mid-life onwards. But rather than wait for the onset of such conditions, prevention is the best remedy. The foundation of healthy ageing is the simple adage ''use it or lose it''. To avoid being a victim of ageing, the muscles of the body and mind must receive regular workouts. This doesn't mean expensive personal trainers or complicated diet plans, it can be as simple as doing a daily crossword, eating well, exercising and taking the time to relax. ''We really don't have to succumb to the ravages of old age,'' Stone says. ''A little effort goes a long way and it will translate into a much better quality of life.''
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