Penrose Physical Therapy
Dec 2018
Jennifer Penrose
Jennifer Penrose


I have patients tell me all the time “don’t get old” with a laugh. But at the same time it is no laughing matter. I do really want my patients to feel their best for as long as possible. (I also want this for myself). As a health provider who specializes in improving performance of the aging human body, I wanted to find more ways to deliver more life and energy naturally. So over the course of the next several weeks I am going to talk about how you can enjoy life with more energy and feel younger again naturally. Where do we get our energy? Remember back in school when you learned in science that our food gives us energy? When our blood sugar drops and we feel sluggish we know to go eat something. However, what is that “something”? Does it really provide key nutrients to help us with energy and feeling younger again?

I think most of us know that nutritional research states we should be eating 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2.5-3 cups of vegetables a day. The literature is clear that eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients to diets, reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, and helps manage body weight when consumed in place of more energy-dense foods. What is even more interesting in the last decade is finding that our nutrients can actually cause “youthful gene expression”. This is called the study of epigenetics. I am not saying your DNA genes can be altered. The science is finding that we can express our youthful genes by the nutrients we take in. Do you ever wish you had the energy of your 20s and 30s? This is indeed an exciting time to be alive. You can place your head in the sand about epigenetics but nutritionists and health providers are learning that indeed your genes can be influenced with nutrition.Nutrition is the foundation to your health and supplying you with the energy and the nutrients to express youthful genes. With that foundation you are giving yourself the best defense against heart disease, stroke, cancer and the ability to exercise with adequate fuel to build muscle and bone density. Are you curious what foods are the best choices for youthful expression?

Some of the foods they are finding significant health benefits are not always readily available. Take for instance purple corn from Peru. Purple corn is a rising star in the last decade for its phenolic compounds have been shown in numerous studies to have potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-angiogenesis properties. Eating colorful vegetables and fruits is still basically a mainstay to healthy nutrition. Do you want to know if your nutrition is working and if you are setting yourself up for better defense against inflammation, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers? If so, there is a technology to measure your “carotenoid” or anti-oxidant levels in your skin. We have a biophotonic scanner that uses raman spectroscopy (a specific wavelength of light) that measures your anti-oxidant level in the skin on your hand. Yes, it is as reliable as a blood test and has been validated by Yale Cancer Center and Stanford. “The amount of anti-oxidants that you maintain in your body is directly proportional to how long you will live.” Dr. Richard Cutler NIH (National Institute of Health).

Nutrition is a pillar of health that seems so basic but it can be so difficult to stay consistent with it. And many times people just don’t know where to start, who to trust, and what to do. If this is where you are at then come get a baseline scan score of your carotenoid/anti-oxidant level. Call us at (360) 456-1444 if you are interested in this affordable technology. We are offering FREE 15-20 minute wellness consultations with the purchase of the scan measurements. We will only be giving out 10 of these for the month of December so call soon for the full information. In the meantime have a great week and spend some time in the produce section picking out colorful fruits and vegetables! Take the time to evaluate what you are eating and see if it truly provides you with the nutrients you need to feel younger and more energetic. I will talk to you next week with more tips!

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