Aging Gracefully: How to Stay Well and Fit
February 02, 2021
Aging can seem daunting when you think about it. Most people feel aging means you get weak and your physical and mental health declines. Guess what, it doesn’t have to be that way?! There are ways to age gracefully and healthfully by planning ahead. Along with a balanced diet and good self-care, several supplements can support healthy aging.
Supplements containing vitamin A, E, C, zinc, and co-enzyme Q-10
Free radical damage or oxidative stress accelerates cell damage which can contribute to age-related ailments and conditions. Be aware of environmental and lifestyle factors that cause free radical damage—air pollution, smoking, and water with contaminants. Also, a diet high in fried foods, too much alcohol, processed foods, and trans fats can impact oxidative stress. Antioxidants help fight free radicals and are found in many fruits and vegetables. Supplements containing vitamin A, E, C, zinc, and Co-enzyme Q-10 can help prevent oxidative stress.
Omega 3 fatty acids
These good fats are free-radical fighters. They help support aging by promoting a healthy inflammatory response and supporting heart and brain health. Omega 3s can be found in fatty fish like salmon, but they're also available in easy-to-take supplements.
Vitamin D plays an important role in the inflammatory process. It also supports immune function and bone health. Deficiency of vitamin D is very common and getting this nutrient through diet or sunshine is difficult. Supplementing vitamin D is probably essential for everyone!!
Likely the most well-known antioxidant, vitamin C is also a cofactor for enzymes that make collagen, which is essential for skin, hair, vessels, ligaments, and tendons. Low vitamin C levels can also affect energy levels and even contribute to memory problems. Vitamin C is found in certain fruits and vegetables. However, supplementing vitamin C during times of stress may be beneficial.
The good bacteria found in probiotics can support gastrointestinal health, which research has found plays a vital role in immune function. Having the right balance of bacteria helps maintain the integrity of the GI-tract, which is essential for nutrient absorption, and may also affect mood and mental wellness.
This important mineral impacts many health processes, and it's a co-factor in more than 300 enzyme reactions and helps ensure proper sleep. Low magnesium can accelerate the aging process.
So what is the best way to know if you would benefit from taking these supplements? Micronutrient testing! Micronutrient testing measures micronutrient levels at the cellular level. Learn more about the benefits of micronutrient testing and the micronutrient testing we offer.
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