We all need to add more exercise and better food into our diets and with the speed of life today going incredibly fast and everyone in such a hurry it is easy to forget about looking after ourselves. Now whilst in our early 20s and into our 30s we might be able to operate at breakneck speed, it soon becomes apparent to us that this is just not achievable and those nearing retirement and considering looking at some of our beautiful Park Homes for sale it is even more important that health is put at the forefront of their lifestyle.
When you get to over 50 there are a number of different nutrients that become even more important and we thought we would give you a little bit of information on each one. It is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you start introducing any supplements into your diet, especially if you are on any kind of regular medication.
Vitamin B12 – anyone who has felt lethargic during the day may have wondered about their vitamin B levels. Now whilst all B are incredibly important for our overall health and body function it is B12 that helps to keep our energy levels up and combats tiredness. As we age our body’s ability to be able to absorb this vitamin starts to decrease, which is why Vitamin B12 deficiencies can be common in people over the age of 50. There are simple ways of increasing your B12 levels and these include eating tuna, beef, eggs and crab. If you are vegetarian or vegan it is even more likely that you will be deficient in this vitamin and it is important to think about supplements if you think this may be the case.
Vitamin D – a lot has been mentioned about vitamin D in the news recently and it is thought that most people who live in western Europe will be deficient to one degree or another in this vitamin. It is incredibly important for the health of our skeletal system and bones as it helps with the absorption of calcium. It is also incredibly important in helping our immune system to function at an optimum level. Again you can increase your Vitamin D through foods such eggs and mushrooms although most of our vitamin D is made when we safely expose our skin to the sun. When spending lots of time indoors it is advised by the government that we take a Vitamin D supplement, after consulting with your doctor to see whether this is appropriate and safe for you to do.
Vitamin K2 – this is another vitamin that is important for our bones as it directs Calcium into our skeletal system which is important for the strength of our bones and to help prevent the decaying of our bone structure and it also helps to prevent the calcium from being deposited elsewhere in our bodies. It is often found in the dark meat of chicken and is also present in cheese. It is a vitamin that is often included in vitamin supplements that are specifically designed with the over 50s in mind.