Four Top Tips for Healthy Ageing

A dash of exercise, a dollop of healthy eating and a sprinkling of supplements make the perfect recipe for healthy ageing. Here are a few simple tips to help combat wrinkles, slow the onset of age-related diseases and prevent memory loss:

  1. Exercise the Stress Away

Exercising is a fantastic way to keep the body feeling and looking young. Regular activity that gets the blood pumping releases ‘happy chemicals’, called endorphins, into the body that help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Exercise also keeps the heart healthy, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Lighter types of exercise, such as Pilates and Yoga, are especially kind on the joints, using only body weight to strengthen the core stomach muscles, lengthen the body and encourage a leaner figure. Any form of regular exercise boosts longevity and lowers the risk of contracting diseases like cancer, hypertension and dementia. Gentle walking, swimming and jogging are perfect options for cushioning the body.

Supplements, such as Vitamin D and Garlic are a great addition to exercise, as they reduce hypertension and aid in maintaining a healthy heart.

  1. Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight puts less pressure on the joints, helping to alleviate painful symptoms of arthritis and osteoporosis, which can be triggered by old age. Regular exercise such as walking is perfect for helping with weight management. Supplements such as Metabolism Formula are a handy tool to boost the metabolism, helping to manage weight more effectively.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating a balanced and varied diet will encourage healthy ageing. Fibre is important for maintaining and improving digestive health. Probiotics are the perfect supplement for warding off infections in the digestive system and maintaining a healthy gut.

Diet also plays an important role in skin health. Fish Oils help to keep skin looking soft and smooth, and can be found naturally in oily fish such as mackerel and fresh tuna, but can also be taken as a supplement alongside a balanced diet.

Flaxseed Oil, Soy Beans, Canola Oil, and Omega 3 Fish Oils can also improve memory function and slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.

  1. Antioxidants for Wrinkles and Circulation

Co Enzyme Q10 is a supplement that can be combined into a healthy diet to achieve healthy looking skin. This supplement is a common ingredient in many skin care products, and is a great antioxidant that reduces lines and wrinkles, improves blood circulation and encourages skin repair and regeneration. Plus it helps to neutralise harmful free radicals that trigger ageing, control blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels!

It’s important to invest in the health and wellbeing of the mind and body at an early age – even the smallest of changes to diet and exercise routines can have a positive effect over the years

Vitamin D supplements – everyone should take them!

Health experts are now recommending that everyone should be taking vitamin D supplements.

In the UK, we are at risk of becoming Vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight during our winter (and summer) months … and unlike many other vitamins, we do not get enough vitamin D from food.

Recent advice is mostly aimed towards ‘high risk’ groups such as children under 5, pregnant women and 65+ adults to take vitamin D tablets regularly. However, experts are now saying that vitamin D supplements result in health benefits for all. The National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised the NHS that vitamin D should be given more widely to prevent Vitamin D deficiency. This is also supported by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). Vitamin D deficiency can lead to serious health problems, such as rickets and brittle bones. Why take the risk?!

Here are four major health benefits of taking the supplement;

1. Staying Strong

Around 99% of the calcium in our bodies belongs inside of our bones and teeth but day-to-day we can lose this calcium through skin, hair, nails, sweat etc. but our bodies cannot produce new calcium. If we don’t get enough calcium for what our body needs it then begins to take it from our bones. Vitamin D plays an important role as it helps the body to absorb calcium and replace what has previously been lost. If you don’t get enough in your body you are more likely to develop bone deformities and diseases such as osteoporosis, osteomalacia and rickets.

2. During and After Pregnancy

It has been known that low levels of Vitamin D are common in pregnant women with a recent study showing that up to 90% of pregnancies were Vitamin D deficient. Low Vitamin D levels in childhood may cause excess thickening of the arterial lining leading to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases in adulthood. Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy has shown a slight, but significant increase in birth weight that can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in adults.

3. Cognitive Functions

Recent research results have shown the connection between older adults who are severely deficient in Vitamin D and the likelihood of developing dementia. It has been established that people with low levels of the nutrient are more likely to experience cognitive problems and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. As people age their skin becomes less efficient in absorbing Vitamin D through sunlight making them more dependent on other sources. Consuming supplements or a diet rich in Vitamin D can help to delay or even prevent the onset of cognitive diseases.

4. Healing Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease (CD) is a lifelong chronic relapsing and remitting gastrointestinal condition and is associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea and fatigue. In recent studies it has shown that supplementation of Vitamin D may help to impact the intestinal barrier dysfunction associated with the disease and could play a role in the treatment of the condition. The study also showed that people with high blood levels of Vitamin D had signs of reduced inflammation, and the patients reported this gave them a better quality of life.

We offer a wide selection of vitamins that help support a healthy lifestyle:

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How to optimise your metabolism

Everybody needs energy to complete basic chemical processes, like breathing, digestion and cell repair. These processes are collectively known as the metabolism; raising it helps the body to burn more calories and encourages weight loss.

Here’s how to optimise your metabolic rate through exercise and diet:

1. Do aerobic activity

Active people burn more calories and have a faster metabolism than inactive people. Cardiovascular activity, such as cycling, running and walking, helps to keep the body trim, strengthen the heart and encourage weight loss. Experts recommend that 30 minutes of activity for five days a week is enough to maintain a speedy metabolic rate. Creatine supplements are perfect for sustaining longer periods of exercise because they make it easier for the body to release its energy stores.

2. Combine strength training with cardio

Muscles burn more calories than fat so increasing muscle mass is a clever way to boost the metabolism.  Lifting weights at the gym or simply using the body’s natural weight to perform resistance exercises like crunches and sit ups speeds up the metabolism and creates a leaner silhouette.

3. Go for green tea

Believed to regulate blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, green tea has another benefit; it encourages fat oxidation, boosts the metabolism and is full of antioxidants and polyphenols. Soy beans and green coffee beans have a similar effect – they speed up the metabolism, burn fat and stabilise blood sugar levels as well as keep the body feeling fuller for longer.

4. Steer clear of faddy diets

Crash diets can have a negative effect on the metabolic rate by forcing the body to break down muscle mass. As mentioned above, it’s important to retain muscle because the body uses up more energy to maintain it than fat reserves. Eating a sensible diet containing a varied mix of natural ingredients and exercising regularly is far better for the body than starving it through fad dieting.   Other tips for kick-starting the metabolism include exercising in the morning, eating a nutritious breakfast, adding spicy chilli to meals and drinking coffee.