I have never had a cup of coffee in my life for no reason other than I never liked the taste. My husband on the other hand feels the world is coming to an end if he can’t have a cup first thing in the morning and hey I get it, we all have our vices. He also gets extra excited at the thought of trying new creamers, so this homemade caramel pumpkin creamer recipe is for him (and you fellow coffee lovers) and the rest of this post is for those who love all things anti-aging like me!
We are learning so much about aging that we really have a leg up on our mothers who really only knew how to manipulate the outside (plastic surgery) but now we have so much knowledge on how we can manipulate what is happening on the “inside” of us and as I like to say “catch it before it falls”. There is also this novel concept of replacing what we are deficient in instead of giving into that prescription medication for everything that ails us. I’ll explain more on this below, but now lets get to the 7 “ways”. I am going to put these in the order of personal importance.
7 Ways to Slow Aging
1) Eat organic food whenever possible. I know it’s more expensive. You would cringe if I told you how much money I have spent on surgeries, doctor appointments, prescriptions for compound drugs that my insurance didn’t cover, infrared saunas, acupuncture, allergy shots, and much more clinging to hope these things would bring back my health. They didn’t. The biggest and most dramatic result came from my drastic change in diet. My diet was pathetic. I was feeding my broken body preservatives, dyes, artificial colors, chemicals, antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. There was no supplement or prescription in the world that could help me as long as I continued putting poison in my body. Have you ever heard this phrase “pay the farm now or pay the pharm later”? It’s true, and clean organic food really is the miracle “medicine”. All of my recipes on my site follow the “Kaufmann Diet”. A word about sugar, insulin is a major player in aging. Sugar ages your skin, heart, brain, and entire body. Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food – Hippocrates.
2) A clean environment. When we decide to eat organic, it’s because we have decided to ditch the toxins in our food, but we also need to be concerned with the chemicals and toxins in our environment. Recently I had the privilege of getting extensive testing (both blood and urine tests) and it was an eye opener. I wasn’t just exposed to toxic mold in my past but also to petro chemicals in extremely large amounts. We need to clean up our environment and detox our bodies to get our immune system ready for the challenge to heal. There are ways you can test your home for mold with mold plates as well as safe antifungal sprays you can use in your home on a weekly basis to cut down on mold spores. HEPA filters are fantastic and work really well to remove harmful particles in the air. Switching over to more natural cleaning agents in your home can also lift some of the toxic burden off of your body. A toxic body will cause damage and deficiencies which can age us faster on both the inside and the outside.
3) Feed and protect your mitochondria and telomeres. What’s that mean? Telomeres are a form of protection of our DNA at the end of chromosomes and our mitochondria have often been referred to as “the power plants” within our cells that produce the energy our body needs. If they are not healthy you are not healthy. The length of your telomeres is linked to your life expectancy, they can grow back and here’s something interesting, there was a study that showed meditating resulted in longer telomeres compared to those that didn’t meditate. The world renowned cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra suggests supplementing with what he calls the “awesome foursome” (CoQ10, L-carnitine, D-Ribose, and magnesium). Not just to ward off problem with the heart but to help feed your mitochondria. Also, toxins and chemicals in our environment and food can cause damage to telomeres and mitochondria. He has many fascinating books discussing the link between heart problems and our emotional health. If you haven’t read “Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth” I highly recommend it.
4) Gut health. Is your digestion impaired? Do you have acid reflux or constant burping? Then your gut is sending you signals. We can’t be healthy if our gut isn’t healthy as we know almost 80% of our immune system is in our gut. For those that are new to following me, you may not know I was on Pepcid AC and Nexium for 14 years, my gut was destroyed by decades of antibiotic use. The maximum you should ever take of these medications is two weeks. I did tremendous damage to myself that takes years to recover from. We need our stomach acid to digest and properly absorb our food! I had a well intentioned gastroenterologist who told me my severe reflux was caused by too much stomach acid. Wrong. Sadly most physicians will tell you that and write you a script for some cancer causing antacid drugs. It was a man working in the supplement section of a grocery store who told me to take Betaine Hydrochloric Acid with Pepsin, half way through a meal with protein which adds acid and it was a life changer. You actually see results instantly. Digestive enzymes ,probiotics (I recommend Dr. Ohhira’s) and colostrum play a big role in gut health as well. I plan on dedicating an entire post to acid reflux soon because I think it’s that important to living a longer, healthier life.
5) Less stress and more sleep. I know, easier said than done. Meditation and even napping when you feel tired if you can’t get a full nights rest. I am a big fan of the power nap! The word meditation can sometimes bring weird images to mind for some, but it can mean something very simple. I have a yoga mat in front of my pool and I just stretch, thank God, and try to be still for 5 or 10 minutes. It really helps with anxiety.
Some anti-aging favorites:
NAD Cell Regenerator – Nad helps to repair cellular DNA breaks.
Collagen – collagen is a fantastic anti-aging supplement. While it’s busy doing its job helping your skin look firmer by increasing collagen levels, it also improves liver function, helps heal leaky gut, and is good for heart health.
CoQ10 – reduces free radical damage, good for fatigue, heart health, this is a good supplement to take for people who have to be on statin drugs.
NAC -Promotes healthy cellular glutathione levels, powerful antioxidant support and supports the immune system
Senolytic Activator – This supplement is only taken once per week and can cleans out old cells (cellular debris) which helps reverse the aging process, promotes youthful, healthy cellular function, helps the body manage senescent cells
7) Bioidentical hormones (if needed). Just last year I was asked if I wanted to start on hormone replacement and my answer was NEVER. Synthetic hormones are well documented to cause an increase risk of cancer. Plus why would we use pregnant horse urine thinking it’s close enough to the hormones humans need? Then I got a hold of Suzanne Somers book called “I’m too young for this”. Suzanne interviews experts on the topic of bioidentical hormones vs synthetic. While “synthetic” increases our risk of cancer and other health issues, bioidentical hormones from yams and soy actually are proven to decrease our risk of cancer and other aging related diseases. I will do an entire post in the future dedicated to bioindentical hormones because its really pretty fascinating as it is a way to regain what you had in your prime and by the way, once you lose those hormones your body can never regain them without help. With their help you may be able to turn back the hands of time both on the inside and on the outside.
Recent Television: On “Know The Cause” we talk Persistent Infections Due to Biofilms & Fungal link to Diabetes
My husband didn’t drink it with the whipped cream and extra caramel sauce on top but it makes for a pretty picture doesn’t it?
Note- this creamer and homemade caramel sauce may seem to have a lot of sugar but two things to take into consideration. You are only using a tablespoon at most at a time, and you can make this sugar free by substituting the maple syrup for xylitol. Although I caution this because I tried it with monk fruit and it was NOT the same result. Because my husband is sensitive to xylitol and monk fruit I stuck to maple syrup since he will be the only one using the creamer. Also, this creamer should last about 2 weeks.
I hope this article was helpful. God designed these bodies to heal and, if we get out of our own way, we can speed up that healing process. My book Eat Pray Get Well – A Journey from Chronic Illness, Brokenness & Junk Food Junkie to Wholeness & Wellness is now on shelves. If you would like to read my full story of my journey from chronic illness it can be found on my website. My book is also available on Amazon.
Disclaimer – I am not a doctor, I cannot give health advice, please discuss any medical questions with your doctor and consult your physician when starting any new diet or supplement, and never forgo seeing your doctor in in lieu of internet advice. I was not compensated for this post, but there are affiliate links in which I get a percentage on sales of products I use myself. But again only on the products I am using. Opinions are all my own, and I would never recommend any supplement or brand I didn’t personally love, use, and have benefited from.
- HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE:
- 1 cup coconut/almond milk blend (I used Califia Farms) I do NOT get a kickback for mentioning this brand but want to share exact milk I used
- 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- 6 tablespoons organic maple syrup
- ½ tablespoon organic grass fed butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- INGREDIENTS FOR CARAMEL PUMPKIN COFFEE CREAMER: This recipe will make about 2 weeks worth of creamer, cut recipe in half for less.
- 1 cup coconut/almond milk blend (I used Califia Farms)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 8 tablespoons organic maple syrup - you can make this sugar free by using monk fruit or xylitol but I have not made it this way yet so I can't vouch for it.
- ½ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-4 tablespoons of homemade caramel sauce depending on how sweet you like it
- You may cut this recipe in half if you do not need 2 weeks worth of coffee creamer.
- INSTRUCTIONS FOR CARAMEL SAUCE:
- Place all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan on medium heat. Bring to a boil stirring almost constantly with a whisk. Once it boils reduce temperature to med-low and let simmer for 16-20 minutes while stirring VERY frequently. This part takes patience but it will thicken! Once the caramel starts to stick to your spoon a bit it's done (mine took about 20 minutes after I reduced to simmer). NOTE- make sure the sauce is simmering (gentle bubbling in the pot) otherwise it can take up to 35 min to start to thicken. Be careful not to over cook it or it will be too thick. It will continue to thicken after you remove it from the stove. UPDATE- I tried it substituting maple syrup for monk fruit and I do NOT recommend it, it was not the same result.
- COFFEE CREAMER INSTRUCTIONS:
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan and stir with a whisk until pumpkin puree and all ingredients are well blended. (about 1 -2 minutes) Add 3-4 tablespoons of the homemade caramel sauce depending on how sweet you like it. Place in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator up to two weeks. My husband did not drink his coffee with the whipped cream and extra caramel sauce this was fully for photographic effect 🙂