12 Changing Needs of Nutrition in Old Age

When we get older, our needs of nutrition also changes or they get strict. Some Minerals and Vitamin like B12, becomes more important with time.

Helen Rasmussen PhD, a registered Dietitian at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston says that these suggestions should be carefully applied at different stages of life and it is safe to think about them in 30 years.

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Tips for daily personal health improvement

To keep your body and mind in great shape you need to have an excellent competent health. You can achieve it easily by incorporating a few routine activities or habits into your daily schedule. Through these activities you can improve the quality of your health without developing any dependency on medical practitioners.

On an average, we need to drink about 2.6 litres of water daily to allow optimal body functioning. It is the best defence against toxicity in the body, but you have to drink pure, healthy water. Tap water may contain up to 2,000 toxic residues, including heavy metals, viruses, parasite cysts and radioactivity depending on the source. Make sure that your source of drinking water is salubrious and not harmful for your heath. The county health department….  have various provisions to examine whether your water is safe or contaminated. With rising consciousness among consumers about contaminated water, a large number of people are using e water purifiers commonly available in the market very frequently.

A truly effective health and wellness plan will never be complete without addressing the mental and emotional well-being of the person. Regular exercise will help you to maintain both the physical and mental health and protect your body from disease like cancer and heart ailments. Try to keep stretching your muscles by doing arm and leg extensions, whenever you are watching television or having conversation on the telephone. As you extend your leg, rotate and point your foot to stretch your calf muscles and increase circulation in your lower extremities.

Whenever you want to adopt proper and safe nutritional habits, try to go for a plant based diet.  Twenty percent of a healthy diet should consist of milk, meat and eggs, and 80 percent should be vegetables, fruits, and grains. (Fibre is found in grains, fruits, and vegetables.) Avoid fast foods to reduce fat. When eating habits are changed to a healthier pattern blood pressure and cholesterol levels are usually lowered thereby helping to reduce the risk of obesity related diseases.

Taking vitamins and minerals seems to fall within a gray area — giving your body what it needs by taking nutritional supplements can certainly benefit you. A discussion between doctor and patient can help determine the types of vitamins needed for each person’s benefit. Natural medications also help to prevent diseases. One of the things that you often hear  is antioxidants. These are plant based compounds that fight all kinds of disease, such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and other devastating illnesses.  Recently, the medical field is giving more credence to natural medications. Many suggest using them for various diseases and all recommend that we include more fruits and vegetables in our diet. Ask your doctor… instead of taking medicines…. whether herbs like black cohosh (Black cohosh has been used to ease the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort. Black cohosh has also been used for rheumatism, cough, high cholesterol levels, and hardening of the arteries.) or milk thistle (It  helps in protecting the liver ; it is effective against chronic liver cirrhosis, necroses and hepatitis A and B. It also serves as an antidepressant) will help you to reduce extra flesh without any tablet or injection.

Man is a social being, preferring to live in groups with a high level of social interaction. Studies have shown that people who are isolated and lonely have a higher incidence of health problems and, people who are enjoying huge connections are more likely to get healthy and stay well than those lonely people. Sharing knowledge is what expands an empowered environment for us all to grow. Be helpful yourself. If you are known for willingly giving your time and expertise, you’ll find people responsive when you ask for help.
These are a few modest and unconditional options which will help you to achieve a genuine good life.

Burger King to Limit Sodium in “Kids Meals”

Burger King Kids MealsThe world’s No. hamburger chain has announced to limit sodium in its “Kids Meals”. The move may work to change Burger King’s reputation as one of the most unhealthy food providers in the industry.

On Wednesday, Burger King announced that there would be limited amount of sodium (600 milligrams or less) in all of its kids Meals advertised to children.

McDonald’s and many other fast-food chains are already preparing children’s meals with less sodium. According to McDonald’s website, its four piece Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal, which contains caramel dip, Apple Dippers, and one percent low-fat white milk, has 570mg of sodium and 390 calories.

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Smoking With Obesity Increases Death Risk 8-Fold, A New Study Says

obesity smokingAll we know neither smoking nor obesity is healthier for us, but now the results of a new study shows that chances of early death are highest among obese smokers.

Lead author of the study, Annemarie Koster, who is an epidemiologist at the U.S National Institute on Aging, says: “Everyone knows that obesity and smoking are two well-known health risk factors and now our study suggests that smoking coupled with obesity increases the death risk.”

The both carry a considerable mortality risk, but especially smoking, Koster said.

“You can lower your death risk by losing weight, but if you lose weight as well as quit smoking, it can increase your health and decrease death risk,” she added.

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Eating Speed May be a Key Factor Related to Obesity

Researchers from Osaka University examined eating habits of 3,000 people and reported it in the British Medical Journal whatever they found.

A UK nutrition expert says that problems in signaling systems that inform body to eat no more may play a role in obesity. He believes that deliberate slow down at mealtimes may affect on weight.

This new study examined the relation between eating speed, obesity and feelings of satiety. Almost half of the 3,000 people included in the study told researchers that they ate quickly.

The researchers found that people who ate quickly were 84% more likely to be overweight, and similarly women had almost a twofold risk of becoming obese.

Similarly, those who ate quickly and until satiety were three times more likely to become overweight.

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Sugary Snacks Overcome Best Intentions of Majority

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We often choose sweet snacks, in spite of our best intentions to eat healthy food.

585 participants were asked by Dutch researcher, to choose one among four snacks including an apple, a banana, a candy bar and a molasses waffle. Half of the people vote for the apple or banana snacks.

But when actual snacks were presented, a week later, 27 percent of those who had picked the healthy one, alter to the candy bar or waffle. And more than 90 percent of those who had chosen unhealthy snacks, stuck with it. The study is published in the September/October issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Continue reading “Sugary Snacks Overcome Best Intentions of Majority”