Supplements and Healthy Aging

Do you need to supplement with vitamins and minerals?
In my opinion, the answer is “YES!” I believe that every person needs to take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. Perhaps you wonder what makes me make this bold statement? I make this statement due to the state of our food in this day and age.

Here are some shocking facts that the food of today just doesn’t have the nutrients that it used to only 50 years ago!
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I don’t know about you, but this information leaves me feeling more than a little nervous about the future state of our food as well as our ability to maintain optimum health with this so called food!

Why is there so much nutrient loss? It is due to modern farming practices and soil abuse as well as genetically modified produce. If the soil doesn’t contain the nutrient, the food can’t contain the nutrient either. It is also due to pesticide use which has destroyed the naturally occurring organisms in the soil which used to give back to the produce that was grown there. Due to these things, our food will just never be enough again.

The reality is that if our body is lacking in even one essential nutrient, dis-ease occurs. This is why replenishing just that one nutrient can help the body to heal in the beautiful and intelligent way that only it can!

There are some things that we can do to ensure that we are getting all that we need. One is to ensure that you choose organic food as much as possible. This helps to ensure that the soil is not further depleted by pesticide use and also prevents your body from needing to work so hard to remove those pesticides from itself. More on this in a future article! Another is to buy locally produced foods as much as possible.

Food from the grocery store has been picked way too early so it can’t have all the nutrients it should, then the majority of the remaining nutrients are lost in long transit times as the goods travel from far off locations. In essence, what you end up eating is calories instead of flooding your body with the nutrients that it craves so much! Since food is fuel for your body, putting these garbage foods into your body is like putting diesel in your Ferrari! Locally produced food also supports local farmers.

Grass-fed and wild are far superior as well so choose them when you can. Grass-fed beef actually contains omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for your body whereas other beef does not contain this vital nutrient. Finally, as I so boldly stated above, we all need to supplement with a quality multi-vitamin and mineral.

How do you tell if your supplement is quality? One way is to look at the list of ingredients. If you see things like:

  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Artificial flavours
  • Artificial colours
  • Titanium oxide
  • Magnesium silicate
  • Talc
  • Carageenan

then you can be sure that it is NOT a quality supplement. Another great test is to take your supplement and soak it in water. If it has still not begun to break down when you go to take it the next day, this is not a quality supplement. The quicker the supplement begins to break down, the quicker it is available to your body. The supplement that I choose to use contains all these ingredients. Does your supplement give you all this goodness?

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Some of the important nutrients that your nervous system require include:

  • B Vitamins
  • Vitamin E
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Antioxidants
  • Magnesium
  • Potasium

These nutrients allow the messages from the brain to get to the body and help prevent your brain from breaking down. They also promote good sleep and good mood. Speaking of magnesium, it is one of the nutrients that the vast majority of the population is deficient in. Another easy and relaxing way to get magnesium into your body is to have an Epsom salt bath. Add 2 cups of epsom salt to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes or more. This is also great for sore muscles and promoting a good sleep!

Going back to cravings, here are some common cravings and the nutrient that your body is actually looking for as well as some common foods that “should” contain these nutrients provided they are farmed properly.

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Healthy aging means more than just looking good on the outside. It also means looking after your body on the inside. Do you know what telomeres are? They are important parts of our DNA which determine how we age. They are at the tips of our DNA strands which protect them. If our telomeres shorten then we age more quickly. Does your supplement contain nutrients that support your telomeres and protect them from shortening too quickly?

If you have enjoyed this information or if you would like further information or answers to your questions, I welcome you to contact me at 613-540-4515 or tracy@pathsforhealing.com. I look forward to possibly assisting you in developing your own unique path to health!