As life happens certain health concerns creep upon us, but we do not need to despair, we can nutritionally prepare!
We can prepare for our young adult life, our lives during adulthood – as adult men and women, as women with specific pregnancy health concerns, and then finally as older adults or seniors.
As young adults – we should be looking after our bones in particular.
Building peak bone density in early adulthood is essential as this is the period for us to achieve our peak bone density.
Did you know?
“Up to 90% of peak bone mass is acquired by age 18 in women and age 20 in men.”
Then, bone mass tends to keep growing up until age 30, at which point your bone has reached it maximum strength and density – also known as peak bone mass.
So, the nutrients that are essential during this stage of life and for supporting and building strong bones is Vitamin D, magnesium and calcium.
According to the health examination surveys (NHANES) – 72% of women – aged between 19 and 30 do not get adequate amounts of calcium, 65% do not get enough magnesium, and 78% do not get enough Vitamin D.
As adult men and women – we need to focus on vitamins and minerals.
During adulthood we are the worker bees. We are working to support our families, our lifestyles and ourselves.
Therefore, during this period we are generally more stressed or living with chronic stress.
When our bodies go through these stressful periods they tend to consume more and certain vitamins and minerals faster. In particular Vitamin B & C and minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium.
Did you know?
“One-third of Americans feel they are living with extreme stress, 77% experience physical symptoms, 73% reported feeling psychological symptoms – A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association.”
As a women – with specific pregnancy health concerns we should look to multi supplementation
Multi supplementation not only keeps a mother-to-be healthy, it assist the growing fetus, the fetus brain development; and it can even prevents neural tube birth defects too.
Did you know?
“Folic acid has been linked to brain development, therefore, the development of a child’s brain in early pregnancy may be impaired by low folate levels in the mother, and can lead to hyperactive kids.” New study with African women
As older adults or seniors – we need to maintain digestive function and nutrient absorption
As we age we experience physiological changes, these changes (such as decreased production of stomach acid) impacts and influences our nutritional requirements – for both the digestive function as well as nutrient absorption… Especially nutrients such as Vitamin B12, folic acid and iron.
In addition the use of digestive enzymes and probiotics can assist in the breakdown and absorption of these nutrients from food and supplements.
In conclusion, preparing for our“as life happens” nutritional needs can be seen as a proactive approach assist with any health concerns, at any stage of our lives.
According to registered dietitians:
- 96% take at least one supplement
- 84% take a multivitamin to support overall health
- 63% take calcium to build and maintain strong bones
- 47% take fish oil to assist with healthy heart function
- 43% take vitamin D to improve overall wellness
- 29% take vitamin C to boost immunity