Not only can ageing affect the way you look and feel, but it can also influence the specific nutrients and amounts of them that your body needs.
Because many people experience a decrease in appetite as they get older, meeting your nutritional needs can become more challenging. Fortunately, supplements are available that can make it much easier to meet your nutritional needs to support healthy ageing and help keep you feeling your best.
I talk more about which supplements I recommend for anyone over the age of 60 in this video.
Your body goes through several changes as you age, which can alter your nutritional needs and increase the risk of deficiencies. For example, your stomach produces less acid, which can reduce your body’s absorption of micronutrients such as vitamins B6 and B12, iron, and calcium. Many older adults also experience reductions in bone mass, which is why calcium and vitamin D requirements are higher for those over age 70.
Adults over age 65 may also need to consume larger amounts of protein to help prevent sarcopenia, or age-related muscle loss. Additionally, postmenopausal women need less iron because they lose less blood once they stop having regular periods.
So you can see how supplementation can be of use!
When it comes to digestive support, I recommend my Live Bacteria capsules, Digestive Enzymes tablets and Omega 3 capsules to ensure food is being properly digested, nutrients absorbed, wastes eliminated, and inflammation reduced. It’s important to manage inflammation as this accelerates ageing of tissues and changes in DNA where cells can become diseased and cancerous. Taking a daily probiotic will also support the immune system as well as ensuring nutrient absorption is maximised to help with cognitive function, energy, and mood.
Whenever I’m trying to help someone with their health, especially older ladies, I will always ask if they are taking a good quality multivitamin/mineral that contains vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin D as these are the most important antioxidants, as well as zinc, an essential trace element, which is crucial for immune system support, healthy cell division (reducing the risk of cancer) and wound healing.
Over time, excessive exposure to the sun can damage the skin and lead to skin laxity, thickening and wrinkling. Lines are a natural part of ageing skin, but wrinkling is not. By increasing our antioxidant defences in our skin cells, this photodamage can be reduced. Omega 3, one of the supplements I talk about in the video, is of particular benefit in this respect. Omega 3 also helps support cognitive health, eye health, and joint health by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. You can read more about this in my blog post here.
If you have any questions about a digestive and gut health issue or would like to know more about how supplements can help you, please get in touch.