Good Nutrition Practices to Help Prevent Muscle Loss
Every little thing, good or bad, we do in our lifetime, changes us. Especially when it concerns how well we upheld our nutritional practice. The reason being, as we reach our senior years, our body’s processes slow down and bad nutrition practices can cause malnutrition and early onset of muscle loss. It is never too early to take care of yourself, even as early as your late 30s, to prevent muscle loss.1, 3 Changing habits to choose higher quality food, especially protein (get extra help from nutritional supplements like Ensure Gold) and taking Medical Professional’s advice seriously can help improve overall health.1, 8
Nutrition and 6 Sense of Beings
A factor that contributes to a senior’s malnutrition can be from changing of taste, lesser sense of smell, poor dental health (affecting chewing), long term medications, chronic illnesses, and overly restrictive diets. When malnutrition is prolonged, it can aggravate preexisting conditions or cause additional problems like vision loss, hearing loss (causes balance issues with less awareness of surroundings)4, poor wound healing, lesser stamina, and fall risks.3, 5
3 Good Practices for External (Knowledge, Mental Health, Finding Help)
The first step is knowledge and understanding what malnutrition is and is not will help you detect in yourself or your loved ones. Even if someone does not look sickly, they may not be eating the necessary nutrients and eating more food is not always the answer. Check in on your loved ones often and if you are a senior yourself, never feel troubled to ask for help. Consult health care providers and talk about loneliness and other issues as mental health can contribute to malnutrition.3, 5
3 Good Practices for Within (Exercise, Food, Supplements)
Lack of taste? You may be deficient in zinc as it is responsible for supporting the tongue to brain communication. Zinc is fortunately found plenty in mollusks, red meat, almonds, beans and enriched nutritional supplements.6 To get the most nutrients when eating, rich foods (e.g. cakes, cheesy dishes, fatty dishes, etc.) should be eaten in moderation and instead reach for vegetable sticks or cubed fruit for snacks. Calories wise, seniors should get about 1,800 calories per day, which can deviate lesser or more depending on starting health.1, 2
One nutrient that is essential for muscle loss prevention is protein and seniors need twice the quality and quantity to make up for less efficient processing. Quality sources are your typical milk, yogurt, fish, eggs, meat, and chicken. To help top off nutrients when food alone is not enough, nutritional supplements are always an option. Especially ENSURE GOLD, scientifically formulated to help deliver complete and balanced nutrition. Rated No. 1 Physician Recommended Oral Nutritional Supplement in the U.S.9, Ensure Gold is formulated with high-quality proteins, HMB (β-Hydroxy β-methylbutyric, a metabolite of amino acid leucine), and 28 vitamins and minerals (12 of which help supports immunity, including ß-carotene, vitamins E, zinc & selenium10).
Your overall health, muscle loss prevention, and your immunity can be supported by good nutrition practices. Never feel troubled to ask for help, eat right, sleep right, and have Ensure Gold (2 servings of Ensure Gold a day at 6 scoops and 185 ml of water per serving) along the way to help support strength, vitality, and activity. Milk based proteins and the aroma of milk not your favorite? Ensure Gold Plant Based, made with soy, rice, and quinoa plant based proteins, is now available. With the same scientific formulation of collection of 28 vitamins and minerals and HMB, non-milk drinkers can strengthen their nutrition foundation and live life well in the years to come.7, 8
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- IQVIA, using the ProVoice Survey, fielded 14,459 physicians from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
- Ensure Gold contains protein, Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, Folate and selenium, copper, zinc and iron, that help support the normal function of the immune system.