3 of the Most Important Health Facts to be Known!
1. Drink lots of water everyday.
Consume six to eight glasses everyday. Water is an essential nutrient just like vitamins and minerals because your body can not make enough of it to meet your daily requirements. It helps regulate body temperature, transports nutrients to your body cells, and helps remove waste. Because sensitivity to thirst diminishes with age, older adults all susceptible to dehydration, which can cause confusion, fatigue, headache and more.
2. Older people may need a vitamin B12 supplement.
If you are 50 or older, you should be taking a B12 supplement. B12 is essential for cell replication and red blood cell production. The acid in your stomach releases vitamin B12 from the meat you eat. The vitamin then binds to a substance called intrinsic factor that enables B12 to be absorbed into the blood stream. Up to one-third of older adults produce vitamins container inadequate amounts of stomach acid and therefore can no longer properly absorb B12 from food.
3. Vitamin D health alert.
If you live in Northern climate (that includes Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and much of Canada, as well as parts of Europe), your body may be seriously lacking in vitamin D, essential for absorption of calcium. The majority of this vitamin is made in our skin upon exposure to sun-light. Not only do Northern climates receive little sun in winter, but summer’s bugs, poor air quality, and our desire to protect our skin against the sun’s harmful rays lead many to shun it during summer months, too. Vitamin D is important in helping calcium to shore up bones to protect seniors against fractures. Seniors need between 400 IU and 600 IU of vitamin D daily. One cup of fluid milk contains 100 IU. One cup of fortified soy or rice beverage as well as some fortified orange juices.