How many times have you heard the phrase, you are what you eat? Itâ€™s so true, and the phrase I am what I eat should be the mantra for every human who is age 40 or above.
Thatâ€™s because there are so many health problems that can be avoided when you eat a healthy diet. And the older you are, the more health problems you can avoid. But eating a well-balanced diet also affects your mental outlook on life, which helps maintain a healthier physical well-being as well.
Variety Is the Spice of Antioxidants
No one vitamin can keep your body healthy. Thatâ€™s because variety is critical for antioxidants such as glutathione to succeed at their job of fighting free radicals. However the best sources of these vitamins are fresh, natural food products.
Magazine writer Maria Masters wrote in a 2010 issue of Menâ€™s Health, â€œIf you’re relying on processed foods to supplement your antioxidant intake, you may be surprised to find that many processed foods have relatively small amounts of just one or two kinds.â€
When your diet is filled with antioxidant-rich foods from natural sources that lack artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, then you are not only feeding your body, but also your mind and soul as well. Here are some of the benefits of a well-balanced diet, especially for the elderly.
- LongevityÂ â€“ A well-balanced diet keeps bones strong, muscles oxygenated, and organs functioning the way they are supposed to function. It reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, anemia, and certain types of cancer.
- ConcentrationÂ â€“ Eating healthy means a stronger mind that has improved abilities to focus and make decisions. It also staves off brain-related disorders and diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- EnergyÂ â€“ People who eat better feel better than those who make poor diet choices. They not only have more energy, but also have better self-esteem and a more positive attitude about life in general.
The caloric needs for people over 50 are different based on gender. According to the National Institute on Aging, women need anywhere between 1600 and 2000, while men need between 2000 and 2800 depending on their level of physical activity.
How to Prevent Vitamin Deficiency
Choosing healthy foods as part of a well-balanced diet coupled with an appropriate amount of physical activity is the best way to prevent vitamin deficiency. However getting enough water and staying hydrated are both also important.
As we age our senses are not as sharp, including the ones that tell us when we need a drink of water. And when we do get enough to drink, sometimes our bodies lack the ability to regulate their fluid levels, unlike when we are young.
Sometimes drug interaction or other health issues prevent us from making the healthy choices necessary for a healthy diet. In this case some type of supplement is needed to put those vitamins, nutrients, and minerals into our bodies.
Choosing the Best Supplement for Your Body
Your doctor can help you select the best supplement based on your age, gender, and current health. However when it comes to supplements for humans who have reached senior status, they have different needs than the younger generation.
For example elderly people need less iron than the younger generation (especially younger women) but require more calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12. And because it is not likely that elderly women will become pregnant, they also need less vitamin A than their younger counterparts.
Itâ€™s true that you are what you eat, especially when you reach senior status within todayâ€™s society. But sometimes making healthy diet choices alone does not get the job done. And when this happens, then it is time to ask your doctor to approve some type of vitamin supplement for good health.
For example, taking aÂ Glutathione supplementÂ can help boost elderly well-being even more by doing things like increasing metabolism, strengthening the tissues in the brain which improves cognitive abilities, and help your body flush out toxins from being sick or eating the wrong things.
About the Author:
Bill Lawrence is the founder behindÂ http://www.healthtraits.org/, a site that addresses health concerns while promoting natural products. He began the site after working for more than a decade in the pharmaceutical industry and being discouraged at the growing trend to treat symptoms of health problems as opposed to treating the actual problems themselves.