Three-Step Fitness/Wellness Program – Nutrition for Seniors
Senior Health, Wellness, Lose Unwanted Fat and Inches
Nutrition for Men and Women Over 50
If you research the website of most every FDA-approved prescription medication, you will find in the fine print, this standard caveat:
“To get the most benefit from this prescribed medication; its use should be accompanied by”:
- A healthy diet
- Weight Loss (if needed)
- An active exercise regimen
Let’s analyze the nutrition for seniors and baby boomers:
A Healthy Diet for Aging Seniors and Baby Boomers
A healthy diet full of nutritious food is important at all stages of life, and it is never too late to put nutrition into practice. You can never “out-exercise” a poor diet and your nutrition status has a lot to do with your overall health. A good diet can help reduce your risk of (and help correct a current diagnosis of):
- Heart Disease (the number one killer of Americans!)
- Intestinal Issues
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney Disease
- Cholesterol Problems
There are many schools of thought on healthy diets and foods, and your doctor has probably given you a daunting list of dos and don’ts. A healthy diet is all about balance, moderation, and getting all the components that you need. For a diet to be sustainable, it must be realistic and offer choices that match your preferences and abilities. For some healthy eating tips, read more here and sign up for our wellness program!
Metabolism Changes After 50
As we age, normal changes are working against us. Beginning in our 30s, people tend to gain between one and two pounds annually, which may not seem like a big deal at 35, but by the time we have hit 55, we have packed on 25 to 50 unwanted pounds, which can be dramatically higher in menopausal women! This is because our metabolism decreases by 10 to 15 percent by 50 years and continues to decrease. After 40, natural muscle loss begins to occur as well, in addition to changes in ligaments, tendons, and bones.
Active physical activity and a healthy diet can help stave off these changes and even help overcome those changes that have already begun.
Dietary Supplements for Seniors
Some say we need to take dietary supplements so we get the critically necessary protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Dietary supplements are offered to help overcome deficiencies. However, the National Institute on Aging suggests that most of our vitamins should be taken in the foods that we eat.
Dietary supplements for seniors include multivitamins, herbal supplements, and powder or liquid supplements such as Boost or Ensure. Dietary supplements are non-prescription, but you should consult your doctor before you begin taking any.
For more information about supplement use, read here.
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