As we age, our nutrition begins to change. In other words the utilization of food is oftentimes changed. A deficient nutrition could happen from an insufficient intake due to a lack of sufficient appetite resulting in a small food intake. Also, the lack of good healthy teeth or proper dentures may affect the type of food that are being selected, leading to a habit of avoiding foods that require chewing, such as meats and vegetables, thus a deficiency in proteins, vitamins and minerals. The amount of hydrochloric acid in our stomach, which helps in the digestion of protein, and the enzymes of the pancreas are frequently decreased as we age. Therefore, the food that is ingested is not properly digested to make the absorption possible. Our body reacts to age by re-balancing different areas in our body. Being aware of what our body needs are in order to perform the right maintenance is important. By doing this, you can continuously look and feel younger, despite your age. nutrition as we age graphic Premature aging is preventable by adopting a healthy lifestyle. The degenerative diseases typical of people of advanced age can often be treated, but are much more easily prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. The first thing that needs to be consistent is maintaining the right dietary needs. As your body ages, it is in more of a need for balanced and healthy meals. If it doesn’t have the right nutrients moving through the body, it can cause more severe problems at a faster rate. As you age, your body stops growing and instead needs to keep a consistent level of nutrients. Make sure that your body is getting the right supply of vitamins and supplements for maintenance work. Some of the major supplements that older and aging people need are calcium, fiber, iron, vitamin C, protein, vitamin A and folacin. These specific vitamins help with adding strength and extra energies that your body needs in order to continue moving things consistently through its body. Knowing which supplements you will need to re-balance your body can help with you feeling healthier and having more energy. Physical activity also needs to remain as one of the important parts of aging. It is easy for your body to lose bone density, muscle mass and have pains that are more consistent throughout different places in your body. By staying active and exercising on a consistent basis, it will help your body to not lose the muscle, tissue and bone that it needs in order to stay healthy with energy. There are several places where one can go in order to find how to stay at the best health while aging. Each of these places can offer specific exercises in order to help relieve pain and keep the bone density and muscle mass at a consistent level. A good diet becomes even more important as our immune system tends to weaken naturally as we age. The immnune system defends the body against bacteria, viruses, infections and other invaders. Fruits and vegetables are among the best sources of nutrients needed for a strong immnune system. If you eat right, your immunity stays strong regardless of your age. aging couple graphic Another thing to keep in mind is that senses will begin to change. Smell and taste begin to weaken. There are several specialists that can help you to feel comfortable and give you the right tools if this starts to happen. You can always change food flavors that you eat in order to help with smell and taste. It is important to make sure that the change in your senses doesn’t get in the way of your normal and comfortable living.