Senior living can be the most liberating time of your life. That’s why you want to make sure that you are in fair enough health to enjoy it. Part of that means adopting a healthy diet and staying fit. The diet that you keep can help quality of life and function. Sometimes a multivitamin can help, but you need the right multivitamin for you. So, the question is which multivitamin is right for your needs?
Vitamin D and Calcium
Your post 50’s are critical in ensuring that your later years of senior living are of higher quality. One of the most important vitamins to focus on after your 50’s is vitamin D as well as calcium. One of the biggest health concerns among those in their 50’s is accelerated bone loss, particularly among women. Osteoporosis is a major concern and any and all measures taken in your diet to slow down bone loss is highly advised.
Foods that are packed full of vitamin D include a variety of fatty fish. Whether it be salmon, tuna or other fish that aren’t considered bottom feeders, you should get some in your diet regularly. Beef liver and egg yolks are also excellent sources for vitamin D. Calcium can be found in many types of fish as well, including perch and sardines. Other great sources of Calcium can be found in vegetables such as spinach, okra and white beans.
Omega 3 fatty acids
Another very important vitamin that people often overlooked is omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 helps with a variety of different ailments. From irregular heartbeats to helping to regulating your blood sugar to reducing inflammation, omega 3 should be a vital part of your diet. Omega 3 is excellent for your heart as well, as it helps reduce plaque build up in the arteries. If all those benefits weren’t enough, omega 3 also helps your mental health.
Omega 3 has been shown to help longevity as well as helping to strengthen the mind. Many studies that have been conducted show that omega 3 fatty acids help reduce the possibility of dementia. Studies show that consumption of omega 3 can help deter dementia before it starts and can even slow down it’s process if consumed regularly in its beginning stages. Omega 3 can be found in fatty fish naturally, but it is one of those vitamins that is so vital that consuming a multivitamin along side your meals is highly advised.
Another thing you should keep in your diet as you get older is a healthy dose of probiotics. As time goes by, your system becomes more susceptible to dangerous forms of bacteria. By introducing good bacteria back into the system, you help strengthen your system. Yogurt and dark chocolate are among some of the best sources for probiotics. Senior living facilities often have a specific diet aimed at helping their residents. It is important that residents take advantage of this and pay attention to the vitamins that work best with their meal plans.
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