Nutrition and aging
Nutrition can be the study as well as the intake of materials known to have nutritional value into our body through our mouth. I could have just said intake of materials, but, no, I know of people who eat even paper as a result of their bad habits and that’s not anyway near nutrition.
If I take a step further, I would say nutrition is the interpretation of the interaction between the nutrients in the food we consume and our growth, health, diseases, et cetera. I hope you know nutrition goes beyond this, it also includes the absorption of foods, assimilation, the catabolism ( break down of food), the anabolism ( build-up of bigger molecules for energy storage), even down to the excretion.
I hope you know an aspect of nutrition focuses on the use of diet to prevent and treat some disease conditions — something I’ve read a whole lot about.
Nutrition isn’t just about eating, it’s about learning to live.
Need I say she’s healthy..?
Just like I said in my last post on genetics, genetics has a hand in most or all of our life activities and the extent to which we grow is not an exception. Your genes can say a lot about how aged you’ll become under normal circumstances — with the exception of deaths caused by smoking, accidents, food poisoning, and the likes. Your genes might say 80 but you’ve lived for 100 years, that’s because something else also has the right to determine your lifespan — the environmental factor, of which nutrition is a major part.
There is a huge link between nutrition and aging, at least visible enough for the blind to see, Lol. As we grow and become aged, our nutrition change. Right from the point of breast milk, to cereals, to fruits, solids, and back to fruits, vegetables… Failure to effect the changes might lead to abnormality in growth for children, increased risk of bacterial infection, cancer, weakened bones, and even brain disorders in aged people.
Growing old is accompanied by a lot of specialties like in nutrition, reasoning, changes, maybe in body shape, size, overall strength and this may need you to change or watch what you eat. According to findings, malnutrition has been found to be rampant in aged people than young ones — the reason for increased death rates, complications, diseases, and prolonged hospitalization of aged people.
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
Ancient Ayurvedic proverb
Of course, when a person is undergoing malnutrition, there’s little to what the administration of medicine can do and when a person is well fed, there wouldn’t be any need for the use of medicine. Err… You don’t believe? Why must your doctor say, eat before taking your drugs? You think it’s just their normal job ethics or something they must say? No, it’s not. They tell you that because of the importance of nutrition on your health. Although, there are some exceptions and sometimes, you might need to take drugs before eating.
Of course, you can compare this to the one above
A good nutrition is meant to help us grow and age gracefully without having to worry much about bad health and the age-associated diseases we see all around. Of course, you can compare this picture on the left to the one on the right above, they might not be of the same age though but the one on the left sure has a wrinkled face — a result of malnutrition.
It’s important to know that malnutrition as it is, can land you in the hospital if you’re not careful enough to know when to put your nutrition into check. It almost did so to me, but I figured it out early enough and that’s the major reason I thought of sharing.
Another aspect of nutri…. err…. Let me just dive into a few food components and their effects on aging:
- Sugar, for example, may be the reason for a dull and wrinkled skin. How? The collagen and elastin that make our skin firm and elastic can be destroyed by our sugar intake leaving us with brittle and wrinkles. This happens in a process called glycation
- A lot of adults have been linked to brain degenerative diseases, a major reason I see omega 3 fats as a major supplement for them once they begin to age. Omega 3 fats boost brain functions, development and even help fight against depression.
- Another food component that’s dangerous for aging is spice because they make you look older than your actual age. Spicy foods have been found to dilate blood vessels, aggravating the probability of a rosacea — skin redness caused by breakage of the blood vessels.
4 . Weak bones are rampant in aged people and to get rid of this, we need to include calcium and of course, fortified vitamin D in the diet of our oldies and even ours to help in the maintenance of strong bones and in the prevention of osteoporosis — the weakness of the bones that leads to formation of holes which makes bones incapable of retaining nutrients.
Of course, I can’t keep this list going but I know some people might feel the need to know more about the foods that have effect on our aging, so, I’ll drop a link for you here
In conclusion, I hope I have been able to make you know the importance of nutrition on our health? It’s not just about eating, it’s about eating right. Don’t just eat based on availability, eat to live well.
Thank you for coming around!!
Originally published at weku.io on November 25, 2018.