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.

Health Supplements – How to Ensure You Are Getting a Quality Product

Reading between the lines of many health supplement labels is this caveat:

WARNING: This label may be misleading the public. Supplement facts represented on this label may be inaccurate or other valuable information withheld in order for this product to attract more selling value. Labels in the health supplement industry are often misleading. The FDA has limited oversight on health supplements. High profits in this lucrative industry has attracted all kinds of manufacturers, many using inferior raw materials, negligent production practices, inaccurate labeling and false claims to sell their products. The industry is so large and expanding that all kinds of manufacturers can make a niche for themselves in this highly profitable sector.How can you make a wise choice for a quality health supplement product? First, let’s understand what a health supplement is.

What is a Health Supplement?

Health supplements are dietary supplements defined by Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, 1994 as being, “a product (other than tobacco) taken by mouth that contains a dietary ingredient intended to supplement the diet. The dietary ingredients in these products may include: vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, glandulars, and metabolites.” These supplements can be in various forms such as capsules, tablets, soft-gels, gel-caps, powders, liquids, or even bars. They can be used for many different purposes such as lowering cholesterol, increasing energy, supporting immune health, weight loss, weight/muscle gain, for overall well-being, or other health-benefiting reasons. These products are sold at health food stores, grocery stores, drug stores, national discount chains, mail-order and Internet.

The Choice

Choosing from a myriad of health supplements can be a daunting task for a consumer. For any particular health concern, most health supplements all promise the same benefit, all have the same, if not similar ingredients. So how do you choose? Some of them even make tall, incredible health claims and only a few of them carry any precautionary warnings. Here are a few guidelines to go by when choosing a health supplement.

The Credibility of the Manufacturer: Choose a manufacturer that has credibility. A GMP-certified company is a good start. GMP certified company would entail that strict manufacturing systems are in place at every stage of production.
Ensure Credibility: Search the web for the company’s history and reputation. Does the website contain their contact information? Can you talk to them over the phone or through live assistance on their website for any queries you may have?
Quality: In order to be effective, a health supplement must be of the highest possible quality. Quality varies widely because there are no quality standards in the health supplement industry. Factors to quality are:
Physician Formulated Products: Look for products that have been physician formulated by a well-known doctor, not just accredited by a doctor.
Research and Development. Check whether the company has a research and development team. This means they have conducted various tests and trials on the product to ensure safety and effectiveness of ingredients, including whether the end product is of the highest purity and potency value.
Labels: The FDA requires that certain information appear on the dietary supplement label. Look for these:
Name of product (including the word “supplement” or a statement that the product is a supplement)
Net quantity of contents
Name and place of business of manufacturer, packer, or distributor
Directions for use
In certain cases, a disclaimer: “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
A Supplement Facts panel that lists:
Serving size, list of dietary ingredients, amount per serving size (by weight), percent of Daily Value (%DV), if established
If the dietary ingredient is a botanical, the scientific name of the plant or the common or usual name standardized in the reference Herbs of Commerce, 2nd Edition (2000 edition) and the name of the plant part used
If the dietary ingredient is a proprietary blend (i.e., a blend exclusive to the manufacturer), the total weight of the blend and the components of the blend in order of predominance by weight
Try not to make the price of the product a deciding factor. There are many cheaper products available in the market but in the long run your health will benefit from a product from a reliable manufacturer.
Tall health claims: If the product makes incredulous claims that seem too good to be true, use your discretion. Avoid such products.
Expiration date. Dietary supplements should carry an expiration date as they can lose potency over time.
Educate yourself. Study the ingredients on the internet. Visit reliable sites that will give you accurate information on the ingredients in the product. Some of the ingredients may be safe to use, but have precautions for use not mentioned on the label.
Precautions: If you are taking medications, be aware that herbal supplements may interact adversely with them. If you are under 18 or over 65 be aware that herbal supplements may not have been tested on your age group.
Check with your doctor before taking any health supplements.

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