Important Health and Nutrition Information for Aging

Nutrition has a lot to do with aging. Problems with nutrition as people age increase as chronic diseases and impaired organ function damage digestive functions, along with the processing of nutrients. Food may not be absorbed, metabolized, or excreted properly, and the nutrients in the food won’t be absorbed. It is estimated that 80% of senior citizens have a chronic disease. Nutrition can prevent chronic disease and help people recuperate from it.

One factor misunderstood in nutrition is that caloric demands change as we age. We have a higher percentage of body fat, and less lean muscle. The decreased activity that often accompanies aging decreases the calories burned. You have to figure out how to keep up the nutrition while decreasing the calories. To do this, you choose foods that are heavy in nutrients. Protein, for instance, is necessary at all ages, even though it may change because of restrictions.

It’s pretty east to reduce the overall fat intake as we age, and getting no more than 30% of our daily caloric intake is fat. Carbohydrates should, ideally, be about 60% of the calories we consume, with most of those being complex. We also become more tolerant to glucose as we age, and we need to eat fewer refined carbohydrates to ease the stress on our systems. We also need more dietary fiber and plenty of water to maintain the good bowel function. Fiber also helps to keep inflammation down in the intestines. Dietary fiber comes from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes.

One of the most essential considerations is the intake of water. Enough water will help your kidneys function better. Recommendations are for 5 to 8 glasses a day. Often as people age they don’t realize they’re thirsty. They become dehydrated. You should drink before you begin to feel thirsty. Elderly people should have plenty of fluid included in their diets.

Also with age people lose their sense of taste and smell. Often, the only thing an elderly person can taste salt and sugar, and they don’t want food they can’t taste. Also, as people age, they may lose their vision and have impaired cooking. You may not know how to read the prices on food or nutrition labels. You may even forget how to cook, or be afraid to. While these may not be complete losses, they can affect your ability to maintain a healthy diet.

As we age, we also have a change in our needs for electrolytes, potassium, and sodium. These can be affected by the drugs we take for heart problems and other chronic diseases. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body, but older people often have a deficit in this. You may get a vitamin D deficiency since you don’t take as many dairy products, or get vitamin A toxicity. So, maintain a wide selection of items in your diet, especially of foods with a lot of calcium in them.

Inspirational Musings on Health and Fitness

Imagine! It is actually possible that you were never meant to be a size 6.

Next time you’re at a family gathering, take a good look at those you are most closely related to. Are all of them perfectly built and shaped? Do all of them fit the image of the ideal human? On the scale of health and fitness are they all a ten, or are they like you, a perfect six and a half? Perhaps they are exactly as they were meant to be. Perhaps you also turned out just like the rest of the family, a perfect almost seven.

The first consideration in any fitness program must be an honest evaluation of your health and fitness level coupled with realistic expectations for change.

Would it not be wonderful if the media broadcast those ideas daily and everywhere, instead of trying to make us all the same?. What’s right for one person is not necessarily so for all. We do not all fit the same mold, and neither should we be expected to do so.

The second consideration in your efforts to lose weight and increase fitness is patience with yourself.

If that honest look in the mirror did say that a little less weight might not be a bad idea, then make it truly an honest evaluation, and make your expectations ‘fit the crime.’ Don’t fall for the unrealistic and quite frankly unhealthy quick weight loss diet trap. Depending on what you decide, realize that any extra weight took a while to grow on you. Similarly, it is going to take a while to take leave of it.

The third consideration is a realistic evaluation of the advertising which bombards us on a daily basis.

Are you tempted to buy every magazine that promises to reveal the latest diet secrets? Do you stop dead in your tracks when you see a new ‘fat burning’ supplement being advertised? Do you give the media generally far more credibility than they deserve? Ask yourself how often you have come across a seemingly informative article that was really an advertisement.

You have always known, of course, that the advertisers pay the media’s bills. Has it occurred to you, though, that those same media may not at the same time be prepared to report truthfully any damaging or contradicting information which may have come to light about an advertiser’s product? Occasionally we do hear sentences like, ‘the opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the broadcaster,’ but it never hurts to do your own due diligence. There is good information out there. You just need to look for it.

The Advantages Of The Broad Spectrum Approach To Health And Nutrition

It is estimated that 4 out of 10 people choose to supplement their diet, and for good reason. Industrialised farming, depleted soils, processed foods, environmental toxins, lifestyle factors and the stress of modern living, means that although diet comes first and foremost, health supplements can play a valuable role in helping you to maintain long term health.

Choosing the right products from the plethora of supplements on the market can be challenging. At Seventh Wave, we feel that the choice is a simple one when you look at the evidence.

Broad spectrum supplements are in a wholefood, and food state form

They are the most complete, natural and effective way to supplement your diet

Synthetic Supplements simply don’t compare.

The term “broad spectrum” has been in wide use in the medical profession for many years. Broad spectrum antibiotics were seen as a revolution for health care, as they have activity against a wide range of bacteria. (The over use of antibiotics is a subject for another article!)

Broad spectrum is defined as widely applicable or effective, showing a wide variety – a broad spectrum array.

In the supplements industry, broad spectrum supplements and nutrition are literally a revolution in the way we approach achieving optimum health. They have an even more important role to fill in light of the ever increasing demands that modern living places on our body.

They posses a huge array of nutrients in a form that your body recognises and readily absorbs. They are incredibly complex, yet perfectly balanced and bioavailable.

You might think that most supplements are “natural”, this however is far from the case. They are on the whole laboratory produced, synthetic replicas of nature. Whilst the atoms and molecules may look the same on paper, they are the chemical forms of a substance, and have lost their natural complexity and potency.

The Natural Components of Broad Spectrum Nutritional Supplements

Vitamins, minerals (naturally chelated), trace elements, micro nutrients, amino acids, polysaccharides, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, sterols, carbohydrates, fats, protein and fibre. All of these nutrients work with total synergy to create a potent source of nutrition that cannot be matched by synthetic supplements.

The Benefits of Seventh Wave Broad Spectrum Supplements

* Food state, wholefood*

* Dense nutrition

Readily recognised by your body – natural form

* Absorbed better by your body

* Nutrition is retained within your body for longer

* Smaller amounts have far greater impact (mg content is a misleading aspect of synthetic supplements)

* Less expensive, no longer do you need to buy separate vitamins, minerals and amino acids to meet your body’s basic needs

* Naturally chelated minerals

* Vitamins supported by their necessary phytonutrients

* 100% additive free

* Non-pasteurised

“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food” Hippocrates – the Father of Modern Medicine