Keeping your body strong and healthy requires a good combination of nutrients and vitamins. You may already know that, but what may surprise you is how common nutrient deficiencies are. Thankfully, once you discover that you have a nutrient deficiency, it is pretty easy to resolve it by taking supplements and making changes to your diet. In this article, you will find out about some common nutrient deficiencies the elderly can experience.
Did you know that up to three-quarters of older women and two-thirds of older men have a calcium deficiency? When you think about how crucial calcium is to bone health, this is something that definitely cannot be allowed to fester. There’s a good reason your body contains more calcium than any other mineral, so make sure you are getting enough by making some dietary changes if needed.
Now that we have talked about the importance of calcium, it’s worth noting that getting enough calcium is just half the story. Your body has to be able to absorb it in order to reap the benefits. Here is where Vitamin D comes in, making it crucial to bone health. Besides that, it’s also a huge immune system booster.
As we age, it’s normal to lose some muscle mass. However, if you want to continue being fit to enjoy the activities you love doing, a magnesium deficiency is not going to help. In fact, magnesium, just like calcium and Vitamin D, plays a part in bone health as well as many other essential bodily processes.
Also known as thiamin, Vitamin B1 is essential for creating the energy your cells require. A B1 deficiency can have a negative impact on the immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems on top of putting you at risk of several chronic conditions. This includes muscle degradation as well as a burning, tingling sensation in your feet.
Another B vitamin, Vitamin B2 is also known as riboflavin. Similar to Vitamin B1, it plays a critical role in energy production, growth, and physical performance. A deficiency can lead to issues with fatigue and feeling drained on top of vision problems.
Age Happily and Healthily at Conservatory At Champion Forest
If aging in place has left you unmotivated to prepare your own healthy and nutritionally balanced meals, you will benefit from moving into a senior living community that provides catered dining. At Conservatory At Champion Forest, our residents benefit from a comprehensive range of lifestyle programs, including three freshly prepared meals per day, chauffeured transportation services, and a packed calendar of daily activities. If you would like to schedule a tour with us and find out what our stylish campus has to offer you, please feel free to contact us today and a member of staff will be in touch as soon as possible.