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How to Ensure You Get Essential Vitamins

Posted by Eskaton on May 25, 2016 9:52:02 AM

health-food.jpgFor the active, older adult, the benefits of getting your essential vitamins with a healthy diet are many, including higher energy levels, increased mental acuteness, faster recuperation times, resistance to illness, and better management of your chronic health issues. As we get older, eating healthy is the key to staying emotionally balanced and having a positive outlook as well. However, you don't have to sacrifice and diet to eat healthy and get your important vitamins.

How to Get All Your Important Vitamins and Stay in Peak Health

According to AARP, the best way for you to get those essential vitamins and minerals is by choosing the right kind of healthy, balanced foods. However, when you are older than 50 years old, you could still be missing out on important nutrients, even with the best diet. To learn about which vitamins, minerals and supplements are right for your age, you can check out their A to Z Guide so that you are consuming them regularly.

Can Seniors Get All Essential Vitamins Through Food?

Yes, you can get essential vitamins and minerals through the food you eat. As you are choosing your foods, there are some foods you want to keep in mind to improve your nutrition which include:

Healthy Fats

Healthy fats can be found in nuts, seeds, fatty fish, avocados and vegetable oils instead of trans fats and saturated fats.

Whole Grains

These nutrient and fiber-rich foods will help protect your heart and digestion. Whole grains can be found in whole grain cereals, brown rice, and whole wheat bread as opposed to refined grains and white bread.

Protein

Your body can benefit from lean proteins like you find in eggs, fish, beans, chicken, nuts and lean meats.

Calcium

Calcium is something that everyone needs for good bone health, but as a senior you need it even more. You should be eating foods that are rich in calcium such as low-fat dairy products and low fat milk.

Are Supplements Suggested for Seniors?

Most everyone believes that there is no real substitute to getting your vitamins and minerals than from the healthy foods you eat. However, when it comes to eating healthy, nobody is perfect. If you are on a diet or avoid dairy or animal products, it can be a challenge to get all the nutrients your body needs. Therefore, many people turn to multivitamin supplements.

Evidence on the usefulness of multivitamin supplements are mixed. Some studies have shown that supplements aren’t all that helpful, while other studies show their benefits. Just remember, before taking any supplements, it’s best to sit down with your doctor first to see which ones are safe and will actually benefit you.

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