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Why a Balanced Diet is Important for Muscle Building?

Eating well is important for anyone at any age. But why is it especially important for seniors? It is important because our bodies get less efficient at processing nutrients. Our bones, muscle health, mental health, and immune system greatly depends on what we eat. Today we will explore 3 of the most important reasons why eating a balanced diet is important for muscle building.

Healthy Eating is More than Just Food Choices

At its core, it is about good choices. Just like how feeling cleaner with eating a fresh apple, making healthy choices often will make you feel sharper. It is not just the taste of food, but the nutrients that come with it like omega fatty acids improves focus. When you are more focused and motivated, you have a better outlook on life, therefore not only you are healthy, those beside you will feel the joy. Without a lot of the preventable health issues like hypertension, clogged arteries, diabetes, frailty, and sore joints, all side effects that come with muscle loss and more, you can continue to do the things you love.1, 2

Improves Immunity

Good food with high quality nutrients and proteins fixes your body within and help build muscles. The healthier the muscles are, the longer it can sustain the ability of the immune system by improving circulation. This gives your immune system the extra boost it needs to fight off infections efficiently. For example, magnesium helps power immune cells, reduce inflammation, and improve its response to infections. Vitamin D supports immune function by boosting calcium absorption. Healthy bones mean efficient red blood cell production from the marrow, which equals improved circulation, resulting in better resistance and strength.1, 3

How it all Helps Muscle Building

Like a balancing test to test your muscle strength, balance in nutrients is what supports their strength. Vitamin 12 helps your body maintain the nerve functions and aid in red blood cell production which equals your muscular response being supported. As for fiber, it does not directly add to muscle building, but helps with its process. It supports it by controlling appetite, improving insulin sensitivity thus helping you avoid making unhealthy choices.1, 2, 3

Proteins are made up of muscle building blocks called amino acids that help repair and rebuild. To aid the repairing, muscles need HMB or Hydroxymethylbutyrate, to break down the amino acids. It also makes protein absorption more efficient. With aging, seniors lose HMB from their body so support with food or supplements is important. About 1.5 grams of HMB a day is required, but you would have to eat 50 eggs in one sitting to get it naturally from food. That is why through many years of research, Ensure Gold with HMB has been formulated to be complete with high quality proteins, fibers, 28 vitamins and minerals (12 of which support immunity), and HMB to be your partner in nutrition for you to live a life that you love.1, 2, 3, 4

References:

  1. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/eating-well-as-you-age.htm
  2. https://www.el-well.com/importance-healthy-balanced-diet-older-adults/
  3. https://aging.com/elderly-nutrition-101-10-foods-to-keep-you-healthy/
  4. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/brands/ensure/ensure-gold-hmb-liquid