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General Health Information

As we age, our body becomes more vulnerable to degenerative conditions and illness.  We become more concerned about a variety of conditions related to the heart and circulation, nervous system and brain, bone density, and many other body functions. Practicing a healthy lifestyle in general does much to aid in reducing the severity, as well as preventing the onset of these age-related conditions.   

The “free radical theory” on aging proposes that damaging free radicals contribute greatly to the aging process. Free radicals are highly reactive, toxic forms of oxygen molecules that bind to and destroy cellular components.  Free radicals damage our cells and our DNA, leading to degenerative conditions of the circulatory system, bone and joints, brain and nervous system, eyes and hearing, and our immune system.  Antioxidants are nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium that interact with free radicals rendering them inactive.  Supplementing our diets with antioxidants can be very helpful in fighting the damaging effects of free radicals

Seniors also suffer many health problems caused by nutritional deficiencies.  Some problems are caused by nutrient malabsorption where the nutrients in food are not properly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.  As we age, our digestive system slows and we do not assimilate nutrients as efficiently as when we were younger.  Sometimes there’s not enough stomach acid to digest foods properly.  Seniors often do not eat enough food or make proper food choices, further leading to malnutrition and body breakdown.  B-vitamins, calcium, vitamin C, and iron deficiencies are particularly common in the elderly. Supporting a healthy digestive system is critical to Senior Health.  See our Digestive Wellness Center for more information.

As we age, common conditions include complaints about bone and joint problems such as stiffness and pain, decline in visual function, and memory loss. Women are concerned about hormone imbalances and bone loss, and men are concerned about sexual health and the prostate.  Men and women alike share very real problems concerning circulation, vision, the brain, and immunity, as well as damage to our DNA caused by free radicals. 

A healthy lifestyle can do much to help slow down or prevent many of these degenerative conditions that concern Seniors.  A healthy lifestyle begins with the basics of proper nutrition and a diet that is low in fat and high in fiber.  A program of regular exercise increases our strength, stamina, and our energy as well as improving respiratory and cardiovascular health.  Avoid tobacco, excessive alcohol, and exposure to other toxins.  Eliminating our exposure to toxins helps keep our bodies clean and functioning at their peak. A healthy lifestyle is one that is full of enjoyable healthy activities, such as walks in nature and gardening.  These are great stress-reducers too, along with other activities such as meditation and yoga.  Plenty of restful sleep refreshes and replenishes the body and mind as well.  

There are numerous supplements that can be very beneficial for coping with aging. In general, high quality multivitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibers, and essential fatty acids are most important as core nutrients. Supplementing certain herbs and other nutrients such as gingko biloba for circulation and mental function, and glucosamine for joint function can also be beneficial.  See our various other wellness centers for more specific supplement advice concerning age related maladies.


 

Wellness Plan for Senior's Health

Nutritious diet, low in fat, high in fiber, with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
Regular, weight bearing exercise
Stress management and relaxation
Pharmacist’s Supplement Recommendations:
Vitamins, Minerals, and Trace Elements - all are important, especially vitamins A, B-complex, C, and E, calcium, magnesium, selenium, and zinc
Antioxidants - coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, grape seed extract, n-acetyl cysteine
Essential Fatty Acids - all omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
Herbs and Phytonutrients - rosemary, ginkgo biloba, bilberry, green tea
Enzymes - betaine, pepsin, bromelain, ox bile, pancreatin, papain
Fiber - both soluble and insoluble

Pharmacist's Product Recommendations for Senior's Health 

These products are recommended by licensed pharmacists who have specialized in natural medicines and dietary supplements.  For maximum benefit from these recommendations, be sure to read the Wellness Center Guidelines.

 

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Brain Total Health

Comprehensive Daily Supplement
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Brain Total Health is a high quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement with added nutrients such as ginkgo biloba, coenzyme Q10, grape seed extract, amino acids and choline that can be helpful in maintaining healthy brain function. These supplements help the body and the mind to cope with life’s stressors. By providing the body with the building-blocks necessary for proper formation and balance of the brain’s chemicals, we can achieve a greater sense of well-being. We recommend this product to all persons wanting a comprehensive vitamin and mineral supplement designed to support overall body health as well as promote healthy brain function.

 

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Digestive Enzyme Ultra Support

Complete Dietary Enzyme Formula
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Seniors typically lack sufficient enzymes to facilitate healthy nutrient absorption. This digestive enzyme formula contains betaine, pepsin, bromelain, papain, ox bile, and pancreatin which can assist in these common deficiencies. A healthy diet and smart supplementation is much more effective if the gastrointestinal tract has what it needs to insure peak nutrient absorption.

 

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Omega Max

Complete Essential Fatty Acid Formula
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Essential fatty acids are “good fats” that are necessary for the reproduction of cells, and many of the natural biochemical processes of the body. They are especially important for seniors, whose bodies are naturally slowing down with age. They are called “essential” because each cell in our body needs a supply of them each and every day. They are also called “essential” because they must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. As part of senior’s healthy lifestyle, supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to keep our bodies functioning at their peak.

 

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Fiber Blend

Natural Mix of Soluble Fibers
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Fiber has been linked to numerous health benefits, especially in the elderly. Fiber Blend contains glucomannan, carrot and celery powder, citrus and apple pectins, aglinate, and slippery elm. This unique blend provides soluble natural food fibers useful for proper bowel regularity, reducing stool transit time, and cleansing the gastrointestinal tract. It is free of cereal grains and bran for maximum tolerance.

 

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AntiOxidant Essentials

(with Vitamins C & E)
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Antioxidants help protect the body the ravages of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA, cell membranes, and our immune system. They are a major factor in aging, as well as many of the degenerative diseases of the body and brain that seniors suffer. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the destructive effects these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle, protect seniors from the damage caused by these harmful free radicals. Antioxidant Essentials contains many well know antioxidants including:

  • N-Acetyl Cysteine
  • L-Glutathione
  • Quercetin
  • Betacarotene
  • Vitamins C & E

 

Additional Products for Senior's Health

 Brain Health Support

 DHEA 50mg

 Essential Minerals

 Ginkgo Biloba

 Glucosamine & MSM

 Intestinal Health Support

 Phosphatidyl Serine Complex

 Psyllium Fiber

 Melatonin

 Super Greens Plus

 Vegetable Blend

 Vision Health Support

 

Wellness Centers Related to Senior's Health

Aging

Arthritis

Bone and Joint

Cancer

Digestive System

Hair, Skin, and Nails

Healthy Living

Heart and Circulation

Immune System

Insomnia

Macular Degeneration

Osteoporosis

Prostate

Sexual Wellness

Vision

 

Additional Information on Senior's Health

 

Publications by the Institute on Aging:

In Search of the Secrets of Aging

Exercise: Feeling Fit for Life

Medicines- Use Them Safely!  

 

 

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