Understanding Nutrition & Aging
Connection Between Nutrition & Aging
Written by: Femi Doyle-Marshall
Food can be used as a tool to enhance our body and mind especially looking at nutrition and aging. It’s often skipped out and not focused on as much as I would like when it comes to mainstream media. Understanding the healing properties available with nutrition and aging dive in to uncover new information to empower your plate.
The value of proper nutrition stretches to a wide range of benefits for the human body. Having the ability to control and manage sugar levels more efficiently. Being able to reduce health concerns of cardiovascular disease and hypertension for example. Gaining the power to control inflammation in the body and speed up total body recovery after injury and not to mention normalizing weight, body fat and body composition.
The reality is some foods we consume can have greater negative effects in high quantity that can promote more stress on the body. Inability to normalize the body becomes more important when age is a factor. Having a combination of proper nutrition with healthy lifestyle habits can improve an individuals quality of life.
What nutrition and aging is not about…
- It’s not just about dropping body fat
- It’s not just about how you look in the mirror
- It’s not just about how you fit into your clothes
It is about maintaining health.
This is achieved by the healthy nutrition habits you have and the other variables at play. We have a limited time to focus on this when combining age.
Negative Impacts Of Poor Nutrition and Aging
- Reduced protein intake
- Micronutrient deficiencies, malnutrition and diet induced illness
- Free radicals and oxidative stress
Reduced protein intake
Since the biggest change with age is intake this category is affected the most. Adequate protein intake prevents the loss of muscle mass which is common with age. This also assists with ensuring a higher standard quality of life with regards to function.
Micronutrient deficiencies, malnutrition and diet induced illness
With the change in appetite what also occurs is the reduction calories. Eating less may lead to eating routine meals lacking quality nutrients. This promotes nutritional deficiencies in diet. Nutrient deficiencies can reduce daily performance and negatively impact long-term health.
Lacking nutrients for the body can impact hormonal levels and physiological functions of the human body. This is impacted more so by age and poor nutrition.
Free radicals and oxidative stress
The body’s aging process has been shown to be influenced by the release of free radicals and an increase of oxidative stress. Reduction of free radical has the potential to reverse the aging process by helping protect cells and the human body. Many antioxidants found in food can combat the rate of aging.
What role nutrition plays in aging?
As we age our body biologically changes. Hormonal levels shift, metabolism shifts, lifestyle habits shift. Understanding the areas that are impacted most by this transition can reduce deficiencies for those going through the process of aging.
- Potential reduction in the speed of aging
- Chronic pain alleviation and inflammatory response
- Nutrient density hitting caloric intake targets
- Reversal of many negative factors faced by a poor diet
Taking A Holistic Lens
With nutrition and aging we need to look at the entire human body. Observing it and the aging process will allow us to make smarter, healthier food choices to positively impact our health. The aging process is something all individuals experience. How we consume food can either move us in direction that heals the body or hurts it.
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