Top Supplements For Older Adults

By |2019-09-14T18:57:26+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

As human bodies age, they aren’t always he best at maintaining themselves. Vitamins or supplements can help supply your body with nutrients that you would otherwise miss. Supplements do not always have the best reputation, so some people hesitate to take them.

Read on to learn ways to help your body balance itself naturally and some vitamins you can take if it needs some help.

Preventative Measures

New research suggests that many older adults are on supplements that they do not need. This likely won’t hurt you, but who wants to be taking capsules they don’t need? Fortunately, there are other ways to help your body achieve balance.

  1. Exercise

Exercising every day provides huge benefits. It isn’t necessary to run a mile every day. A simple walk around the block, or playing with your grandchildren for an hour or so is more than fine. Focus on increasing your heart rate a bit.

If you have physical limitations, talk with your physician about what will work best for you. Many experts focus on water-centric exercises because they increase activity ad muscle without impacting your joints. Swimming a few laps or water aerobic classes are the most common suggestions.

  1. Daily Activities

Keep yourself engaged! Picking up a hobby or joining a new social group is extremely healthy for older adults. Humans need engagement with other people to have a well-rounded life.

If there are days that you don’t feel in the mood for human company, there are still plenty of amazing options. Many older adults find volunteering at animal shelters and sanctuaries very fulfilling. Even getting up and doing your chores will help keep your mind and body engaged.

  1. Diet

Diet is by far the biggest influence on whether or not older people need to take vitamins or supplements. Most medical professionals now suggest that a patient’s diet should be adjusted before placing them on vitamins.

For example, older adults oftentimes lack vitamins B6 and B12. Food such as turkey, potatoes, and fish all contain these vitamins. Instead of placing someone lacking in vitamins B6 and B12 on a supplement, doctors can encourage them to eat more potatoes and meats.

Useful Vitamins

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how hard doctors or patients try, supplements are necessary. So, let’s explore what doctors say older adults need most.

  1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the nutrient that our body gets from exposure to the sun. In Florida there is plenty of sun, but there can be too much of a good thing. Older adults sunburn more easily than young adults, so sunbathing is not always an option. Most physicians recommend spending at least a little time outdoors every day. However, it is totally understandable is the Florida heat and intense sun limit that time.

  1. Vitamin B12

B12 boosts blood cells and your nerves. It is important for preventing certain types of anemia. Anemia can make people feel exhausted or light-headed, putting them at risk for falls. Obviously, it is best to avoid this.

Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 can both be monitored through blood test. Discuss with your physician if a supplement for either is the right fit for you. If you do start taking supplements, your doctor can monitor the levels of both vitamins through blood work.