Monthly Archives: April 2012

Why We Should Grow Old Disgracefully

We all get old sometime, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it!

The stereotypical image of an old person these days is someone frail, with white hair (or blue rinse), sitting around drinking tea, with nothing better to do all day than watching TV, playing bingo or simply falling asleep in a chair. Why does it need to be that way? Why can’t we go on making the most of every day, every hour that we’re given right up until our time is up?

It’s party a state of mind thing of course, but there are simple lifestyle and cosmetic steps that we can all take to make ourselves feel younger.

Resveratrol can be beneficial. There have been promising studies done on this compound. Resveratrol can provide some of the same benefits. It’s found commonly in nuts and grapes. You can also find it within the roots of a plant called the Japanese Knotweed, this is commonly used in supplements. Resveratol is also found within Senna quinquangulata roots as well.

Exercising regularly helps you stay younger, longer. There is evidence that supports the idea that workouts will help you reduce the signs of aging. Regular exercise will keep your muscles toned, give you more stamina and better circulation, and help your skin stay healthy.

Fiber-rich foods can help you minimize the signs of aging. The fiber you eat will prevent toxins from building up in your digestive tract. It can also lower your cholesterol levels and regulate digestive processes, which then stabilizes blood glucose levels. Fiber is the key to great digestion.

Ask your doctor about supplements that can slow down the effects of aging. You should mix a good combination of vitamins, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant supplements. Consuming these will help your body feel and perform as though it were younger. Include these as an essential part of your plan everyday.

Many people gain weight as they age. Having a healthy weight can help you avoid health problems such as strokes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. Maintain a healthy weight by making beneficial food choices and participating in a daily exercise program.

Aging sometimes means we have to look at the option of some form of assisted living. Caring for yourself might no longer be possible at some point in life. This is the time to consider moving into a long term care facility or nursing home. Assisted living or nursing home living may not be your ideal situation, but it may be the best possible option. There are a variety of different licensed care facilities and professionals who will help assist people who are unable to care for themselves.

Gradually increase the time and effort you dedicate to your exercise regimen. As your body ages, it needs more activity to keep itself strong and malleable. You should at least take 5 days out of every week to go on a thirty minute walk. Mix it up with some strength exercises twice per week. This combination of walking and strength exercises will help you maintain a strong healthy body and keep you feeling young.

Columbian Girl Gives Birth at Age 10

It has been reported that on April 9th 2012, a 10 year old girl from Columbia gave birth to a healthy baby girl. This makes her one of the youngest mothers in recorded history.

The mother, remaining unnamed, is from Manaure, a town in the Columbian Department of La Guajira. She arrived at the hospital in horrible pain due to contractions. Reportedly, she delivered a 5 pound baby girl via caesarean section.

Experts say that a c-section for such a young mother is common. Young girls do not have a large enough pelvis to warrant delivering a baby by traditional methods. Also, extremely young mothers are at a higher risk for things such as high-blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), and their babies are also at risk due to growth restrictions.

All said, 10 year old bodies are not made for pregnancy. The body is not yet mature for such an event. The fact they some 10 year old girls are able to get pregnant is a different story. One that defies many peoples’ morals.

The mother is of a tribe of the Wayuu people, indigenous to northern Columbia. The age and specifics of the father are unknown. Police cannot press charges for rape due to the tribe’s jurisdiction over the matter.

The director of the hospital where the girl gave birth says that she has seen pregnancies from this tribe in young girls, but that this one was especially young. She described it as “shocking”.

Pregnancy can occur at any time a girl starts ovulating, or has her period. Some girls begin this phase earlier than others, but this is a time when the girls are so young that they should be playing with dolls or playing dress-up, the director says. The average girl doesn’t begin menstruating until 12 and a half, but that age is reducing over the years. Given the statistics, the chances of sexual encounter at that age are slim and even slimmer with a pregnancy.

The results of this case are startling. Even more startling, is that girls can get pregnant before their first period because ovulation precedes menstruation. Menstruation usually happens last in the puberty cycle for girls, after hair growth, breast developments and growth spurts. Women should be aware that if these things are happening to their daughters, they may be able to get pregnant.

There is now speculation amongst people as to whether or not the birth of this girl’s child is immoral. Just because the tribe has its own laws, does not mean that girls should be giving birth at 10, some say. Others are saying that to judge the mother is wrong. The tribe has its right to function however it sees fit. This is still an eye-opening situation.