By Nutritionist Meenakshi Bajaj
The process of ageing is not something you can control, but that doesn’t mean you can’t control how you age. You can accept it and age without getting tired all the time; without crutches and without the dependence on anyone else. To age gracefully, you need energy and for that, you need strength.
Why muscle strength is important
From balance and posture to metabolism, your muscles play a big role in the body’s functioning. Adults naturally start losing lean body mass (muscle) after 40, accelerating further with illness or injury. This loss drastically affects recovery time as it reduces the amount of energy you’ll have to get better quickly. Investing in the health of your muscles will help you continue living an active, energetic lifestyle so you can continue to do everything you love without worrying about your age. Muscle loss will happen naturally, but the good news is that it’s reversible with the right balance of nutrition and exercise related to your age-group.
Here’s what you need to do to ensure that your muscle mass is in good hands:-
Still falling short?
It gets a little harder to obtain all the nutrients from your diet as you get older. Loss of appetite, changes in taste and smell, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, can lead to more limited food choices and lower intake of healthy foods. All of the above further cause water, mineral, electrolyte, carbohydrate, protein, lipid, and vitamin disorders.
What you need
As you age, your body’s ability to get the most out of your regular food decreases. Further, if you consume complex foods, it becomes harder for your body to process them. What you need is more rich and direct sources of proteins, calcium, vitamins, and carbs.
As you enter the golden years of your life, looking after your body’s needs should take precedence. Even with dietary alterations, it can still be difficult to get the most out of your meals. This is where a nutrition supplement comes to the rescue. They are packed with energy and essential nutrients your body needs. They’re especially valuable when your energy levels are low and your nutrient intake is compromised due to poor appetite, busy schedules, constant travelling etc. A good supplement can provide you with the vital nutrients and energy your body needs in these times.
A nutrient dense dietary pattern will help ensure that you’re healthy today, tomorrow and for the years to come.