Keeping Foundations Strong
Our lifestyle and dietary needs evolve from adulthood through our senior years. Here are some essential tips that can help us and our loved ones age gracefully and in good health.
As we grow older, our dietary needs change. Our body gradually requires fewer calories as we get older and by age 80, most of us will require approximately 20 per cent fewer calories than we did when we were at 30 years old.1 Apart from reduced calories required, there are other nutrition considerations to keep in mind as one grows older. As we get older, it is usual to notice a decrease in metabolism, changes in our taste and smell and a slower rate of digestion, which in turn will affect our appetite and how much we can eat and should eat.
Proper nutrition is essential at all ages to keep our body healthy and energy level strong throughout the day. Reducing our intake of sugary foods and refined carbs, while eating a well-balanced and healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables, lean meat, fish and poultry, dairy products and plenty of water becomes especially important as part of the healthy ageing process.
To further ensure that all our nutritional needs are met and nutrient gaps are filled, age-targeted Multis like GNC Mega Men 50+ and GNC Women’s Ultra Mega 50+ can help. They are specially formulated to manage seniors’ common health concerns such as nettle leaf, pumpkin seed and resveratrol for prostate health in men, as well as a super antioxidant blend for eyes and skin health for women.
Staying active with regular exercise goes a long way when it comes to maintaining good health, muscle strength, mobility and mental well-being at every stage of life. A study found that exercise is the number one contributor to longevity.2
Regular exercise does not need to be strenuous to achieve positive health benefits. Activities such as brisk-walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, yoga and Tai Chi can help to control body weight, support healthy blood pressure, maintain healthy bones and joints, strengthen muscles and improve balance.
To keep bones and joints fortified and healthy, GNC Calcimate Plus 800 and GNC Triflex might be just what you need to provide nutritional support to maintain bone density and joint mobility.
Keep The Mind Active & Engaged
Apart from keeping the body active, it is also important not to neglect our mental health. Keeping our brain active and engaged can help to promote cognitive health as we move into our golden years.
Stay curious. Pick up a new hobby or learn a new language. If you are someone who enjoys tinkering about in the kitchen, try your hand at new recipes, make new friends by saying hi to your neighbors or better still volunteer for a cause that is close to your heart. The possibilities are endless. Keeping active and keeping in pace with our social life will help to keep our brain engaged and stimulated. Be open to new experiences, try new flavors – making the effort to learn and/or experience something new daily keeps life interesting, exciting and multi-faceted.
For added nourishment to keep our brain in tip top condition, consider a supplement like LAC NeuroProtect . Studies reveal that Plasmalogen supplementation promotes optimal brain functions, curbs mental fatigue and protects brain cells from premature degeneration by reducing free radical damage and suppressing the formation of damaging protein plaques in the brain.3
Pay Attention To Your Heart
Our heart is the “power supply” that provides blood and oxygen throughout the body. Our organs and all parts of our body is depending on this crucial power supply to keep us going. It is all the reason we need to give our heart tender loving care to keep it healthy and strong.
Maintaining good cardiovascular health to lower our risks of heart diseases involves making heart-healthy lifestyle changes . Read more by clicking on the link.
A potent fish oil supplement like GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil can provide optimum dosage of heart-loving Omega-3 to help maintain healthy cholesterol and promote good blood circulation to keep us hale, hearty and strong at all ages.
Spending quality time to connect with family and friends over meals and activities is always fulfilling. Social time helps us to stay connected, improve our moods and stay engaged.
Studies have shown loneliness is harmful to health. Seniors who report feeling left out and isolated have more trouble with everyday tasks and are more likely to have higher stress hormones, which in turn affects their immune system.4
Whether it is spending time with people you love, going out to volunteer and give back to community or finding support groups; fostering social connections can make life more enjoyable and help improve your health.
Always Look On The Bright Side
Even on rainy days, we can choose to appreciate the cool weather that the rain brings instead of focusing on the inconvenience due to the rain. Making a conscious choice to stay cheerful while looking out for the silver lining in whatever life brings will keep us happy and positive even as we move into our golden years.
1 Health Hub (22 November, 2019). Your Golden Years: Nutrition for the Elderly. Retrieved 18 August, 2020, from healthhub.sg: https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/1041/nutrition-for-the-golden-years
2 Smith, M., et al (November, 2019). Aging Well. Retrieved 18 August, 2020, from helpguide.org: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia-aging/staying-healthy-as-you-age.htm
3 Su, X. Q. et al (16 April, 2019). Plasmalogens and Alzheimer’s disease: a review. Retrieved 18 August, 2020, from NCBI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6466717/
4 Robinson, J. (9 June, 2020). 9 Scientific Secrets to Healthy Aging. Retrieved 18 August, 2020, from webmd.com: https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/healthy-aging-secret#1