We more often than not take for granted or perhaps don’t even consider at all, what we are putting inside our bodies and what foods and other products are in our home that negatively affect our health and wellness because we have been consuming the same things for years and years.
In our home, breakfast, lunch and dinner were often all too similar week-in and week-out. Variety is not a high priority!
Recently we have become acutely aware of the effects on our bodies of what we have been consuming in terms of the foods themselves as well as the nutritional supplements that we are taking.
We have considered, to a degree, our general health and wellness for much of our lives but not to the degree that now, at our present age (50+), we should. Everyone, at any age, should be more aware of their health and wellness and take stock and address any deficiencies.
A large portion of the foods we eat today do contain the necessary nutrients that the human body needs but it is very evident in today’s ‘fast-food feeding’ that there is ample opportunity to be well fed but poorly nourished.
To this end, it is imperative that we consider augmenting our daily diet with proper nutritional supplements. There is no lack of information about supplements and we could fill our cupboards with bottle after bottle of the offerings by hundreds of suppliers.
But, have we considered to any degree, the actual chemicals, compounds, mixtures and combinatorial effects of their contents? Have we considered the absorption rates and percentages of these products or even how our bodies metabolize them?
Some nutritional supplements fall short of their claims and do not indeed offer all the benefits claimed. In fact, taking several individual supplements may not be as effective as taking a carefully selected grouping of them all at once.
When considering the dietary health and wellness of family members, a total approach is best. The following questions need to be asked. What actual foods are all members of your family consuming? What quantities and proportions of carbohydrates, fats and fibers are being consumed? Most importantly, what nutritive value is being realized by them?
We are not all dietitians or nutritional experts but others are and we ought to draw on their expertise, especially when it comes to nutritional supplements. Not all supplements are created equal nor do they always achieve their desired goals.
In answering these questions and seeking expert advice, our family’s health and wellness needs will be more fully addressed.