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Information of Healthy Aging And Nutrition

One serious problem that has been getting more awareness is the lack of nutritional value to our food. Due to all the toxins in our environment such as the soil, water and air; our food is no longer as nutritious as it once was. Another concern is regarding GMO’s or genetically modified organisms. GMO’s were introduced to help farmers be more efficient with their crops but they have been raising some eyebrows over the last few decades due to their impact on health. With the use of pesticides and GMO’s introduced into our food chain; the combination has proven to be shocking. The result is a restricted amount of vitamins and essential nutrients that we need on a daily basis that have become significantly less available to us, thus, our concern over healthy aging and nutrition.

Proper nutrition and exercise! There are no cheats for this but there are varying degrees of outcomes based on your participation. Meaning, if you decide you want to focus on changing only your diet, can you still affect weight loss? Of course you can. If you choose to only do a form of exercise but still eat your usual foods, will this help to lose weight. Sure it can but with both of these approaches, you may only get so far. Weight loss plateaus are common and it is important to remember that our bodies are good at accommodating to their needs. Changing up your routine is important in keeping good momentum. Some tips to consider:

  1. Drink half your body weight in ounces of purified water per day. This will not only keep you well hydrated but help to keep you feeling full. Adding fresh fruit and herbs can give you some variety in flavor if you are bored of just plain water.
  2. Use a whey protein shake as a meal replacement. Whey has been proven as an optimal choice for building muscle. Muscle burns more calories than any other tissue in the body. Increased muscle will stimulate your metabolism and this will burn fat. Building muscle will also combat the normal muscle loss we experience with aging. Not all whey is the same so choose your products carefully and look for third party lab testing for quality as well as safety from heavy metals, pesticides and microbial activity.
  3. Don’t try to eliminate a food group in an effort to eliminate carbs or fats, we need a healthy balance in our diets. Choosing good fats such as monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega 3’s are not only good for your heart but for emotional stability and can actually help with controlling weight. Choosing whole grains sources will also help with heart health as well as diabetes and some cancers.
  4. Avoid low fat and low carb products. These foods will have sugar or fat to compensate as well as other additives to make them more flavorful which often equals more calories.
  5. Don’t eliminate all your favorite foods. If you try to go “cold turkey” off of your previous diet, you may be more likely to have a rebound. Try to decrease the quantity and how often you have these foods. If you have a special event to go to, enjoy the foods but be reasonable and think more of how to balance out your foods through the week in order to enjoy that particular meal.
  6. If you don’t know what to do for exercise, start small to get into a routine. Carve 20 min a day to plan on moving. Gradually work into a program that gets you moving 150 minutes per week. Pick something that you like; you’re more likely to stick with it. Don’t do something that you think you have to do. Not everyone likes going to a gym. Have a friend to join with you; that will also help you to stay on track.