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Healthy Aging For Dummies by Brent Agin & Sharon Perkins RN

Healthy Aging For Dummies by Brent Agin & Sharon Perkins RN

Author:Brent Agin & Sharon Perkins, RN
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Wiley


Chapter 8

Supplementing Your Daily Diet

In This Chapter

Choosing vitamins and minerals for your needs

Understanding the forms and delivery systems of supplements

Considering the importance of probiotics

Checking out the natural values of herbs

As you get older, you may think that you need to take some vitamins or supplements. You may have heard that some supplements help with memory loss, or others give you the stamina of a 20 year old. But do you really need to take dietary supplements to get the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that you need? The answer is possibly, especially if your diet, like many people’s, is heavy on the processed and fast foods and light on fruits and vegetables, or if you just want to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, especially as you get older.

In this chapter, we explain why nutrient supplements may be vital to your health, and how to find the best ones, because all supplements aren’t created equal. We also look at the side effects of some supplements, their interactions with certain medications, and why it’s not a good idea to take supplements without discussing them with your doctor first. We also probe the preventative properties of probiotics, the good bacteria, and how you can incorporate them into your diet.



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