in getting more vitamins in your diet. Needs change and the point is to accept it!
In my days in college, nutrition class we talked about the point of people saying
that you can get all of your vitamins with food. But noted all the calories it would
have. As in one orange having 51 mgs of vitamin C. So it's 10 oranges to get 500 mgs
of vitamin C. "Pill or 10 oranges?" What will you take?
Also too much vitamins are not good. But you may need more of some as you
get older. "Vitamin D: This nutrient, produced by the body from sunshine, helps
you absorb calcium and phosphorus, so it’s critical in maintaining healthy bones
and teeth. Older adults are less efficient at producing it.
Supplements can help lower your risk of bone loss and fractures."
As we all get older our metabolism slows down and needs for vitamins increases
because of that. Like in Beta Carotene. It also helps in keeping bladder infections
and related away. *But I need to note too much is shown to be bad with
smokers. "Studies in smokers have unexpectedly reported increased lung tumor
rates after high, long-term, beta-carotene supplementation."
So the point is to be real about your needs and be willing to change.
This includes your mindset. It's about your happiness what is valued?!
~~~~~How to Get What you Need as you Age.
The best way to get the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you need isn’t with a shopping spree at your local drugstore. It’s through your diet.
A good, balanced plan -- filled with fruits and vegetables, dairy, lots of fluids, healthy oils, good proteins, and whole grains -- should do the trick.
Still, many seniors struggle to maintain a healthy diet. There could be many culprits, including:
- Diminished appetite
- Trouble chewing
- Fixed budgets
- Trouble finding healthy foods
Add the fact that your body become less efficient as you age, and climbing Mount Nutrition is tough. Supplements might be an option. Used as part of a plan that you and your doctor design, they can do just what their name says -- fill in the gaps in your diet.
But they can be dangerous. Take vitamin A, important for healthy eyes, skin, and immune system, for example.
“Vitamin A is somewhat of a controversial vitamin because you can get toxic from it," says Ronni Chernoff, director of the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative. Too much of it can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, and other symptoms. She adds that older people are more likely to ail when they take too much because their bodies don’t deal with the vitamin as well.
So what do you do?
“If you take a vitamin that is designed to be a once-a-day supplement, that’s OK,” Chernoff says. “But you don’t want to take five of them a day.”
If, after talking with your doctor, you decide that you do need a multivitamin, get a complete supplement, one that provides 100% of the recommended doses of vitamins and minerals.
Be careful of megadoses. Also take extra care when you:
- Combine supplements
- Take too much of one
- Use one in place of a medication
- Mix them with over-the-counter or prescription drugs
“You want to make sure your left hand knows what your right hand is doing,” says Joan Salge Blake, a Boston nutritionist.