Supplements for seniors: Should you start fortifying your diet?

Your best health is just within your reach, you just have to know what you are grasping for. Transitioning into retirement living means that your body relies on a healthy system much more for both physical and mental wellbeing. A balanced and nutritious diet is a great start, but sometimes, it may not be enough to support your healthy lifestyle.

That's when dietary supplements come in – you can find many forms at your pharmacy that all aim to contribute important nutrients and vitamins that your diet may not otherwise provide. However, finding the right sort of vitamins and minerals can be overwhelming – you'll see shelves upon shelves lined up with different words, names and types of these supplements. It can be tricky figuring out which vitamins you may need, so here are some tips to help you decide.

Always consult your healthcare professional first

There are many more factors that point to which nutrients your body requires other than your routine diet. The best way to ascertain this is to go to your doctor. If needed, they may take some blood tests for deficiencies, but otherwise, a consult with them may point you in the right direction.

If you have any existing health conditions or are taking any medication, you'll need to consider any interactions that they may have with taking supplements. If you're also getting advice from the local pharmacist, make sure you mention them if your doctor advises anything.

Do you know what nutrients you should be taking?Do you know what nutrients you should be taking?

Start small

There are many ill-conceived ideas out there that taking supplements are useless and will really only change the colour of your urine. Is this really true? It really depends on what your system needs. In this case, more is not always better. Your system will handle different limits of nutrients, and taking too much can actually harm your health.

Determining how much you need to take each day/week starts with reading up on the recommended daily intake. You also need to compare it to your diet, as well as anything your doctor may have told you.

Supermarket-brand supplements will work just as well as bigger brands. They're likely to be also cheaper than the pharmacy.

By starting small, both in the amount of supplements you take and the range of different supplements, you'll ensure that you don't overload your system.

Dietary supplements can come in flashy bottles with bright pictures and big words, including bright gold medals. The thing is, as explained by Aging Care, supermarket-brand supplements will work just as well. It's most important to look at the ingredients of supplements, to make sure that the "vitamin C" claim isn't a minority ingredient.

Buying dietary supplements from a supermarket is likely to be cheaper than from a pharmacy. If you're currently residing at the Sugar Valley community, just pop down to the Stockland Glendale Shopping Centre.

Of course, choosing to boost your diet without the aid of supplements is also a good idea – it's ultimately up to you to choose how you support your healthy system.