Nutrition is important to everyone. We all need to eat a well balanced diet. Unfortunately many of us live our daily lives eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). Everywhere we see the results of how we eat. Obesity is becoming epidemic and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Approximately 16 million Americans have type II diabetes and about 80% of those cases are preventable. Nutrition and fitness go hand in hand when it comes to reducing disease and slowing the aging process. For seniors, fitness and nutrition can help you feel and function better and enjoy the life you have spent decades building.
Siv Sjoholm CHC, AADP is a certified Holistic Health Counselor/Nutritionist and the founder of Success Is Vitality. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. Siv now lives in Chicago and helps others all over the US and abroad, improve their health and happiness. Her passion about nutrition and health developed from her own health challenges caused by what she was eating. Siv advises seniors to, “Strengthen your immune system and increase your metabolism and your body’s cellular activity.” Siv’s philosophy is to understand the individual and support and help them integrate truly healing and nutrient rich foods into their diet in a way that works for them, and that they enjoy, so they can achieve health and happiness. Siv offers complimentary consultations and can be contacted at www.successisvitality.com.
The first step in nutrition for everyone, especially seniors, is to drink more water. Siv recommends “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by Dr. Fereydoon Batamanghelidj. Medical doctors say we can live without food for 4 to 6 weeks depending upon an individual’s initial health. Without water the survival range is 2 days, for high temperatures, to 10 days for cool temperatures. For seniors, many of the daily aches and pains are caused by dehydration. Every day we should drink a minimum of 96 ounces of water. This amount doesn’t include the other liquids you consume. In fact, the caffeinated liquids you consume will speed the loss of water from your body requiring you to drink more to stay hydrated. If you are active or it’s hot, you will need to consume more than 96 ounces of water to keep from feeling the effects of dehydration. Dehydration causes sore and stiff joints and aching muscles. Severe dehydration causes loss of physical and mental abilities. Most of us exist in a state of mild to moderate dehydration because we don’t drink enough water. Do yourself a favor and drink a minimum of three quarts of water a day. You’ll see a marked improvement in how you feel.
For everyone, fitness is so much more than getting on a treadmill 5 times a week for 30 minutes. We are what we eat! Dieting alone will let you lose weight but about 25% of the weight you lose is lean body mass – muscle, bone and connective tissue. A workout plan without proper nutrition can also cause your body to absorb lean body mass for energy to workout. Together, fitness and nutrition build the foundation to a life of health and happiness.