According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the process of healthy aging depends on the development and maintenance of functional ability that will ensure well-being in advanced age. David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.N., Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board and Herbalife Nutrition Institute defines aging as “an accumulation of changes in an organism with the passage of time. Aging refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological and social changes. Some capabilities grow and expand with aging, while others decline.” As such, more focus should be placed on things that support wellness, including a balanced nutrition, a healthy/active lifestyle, and personalization.
When it comes to healthy nutrition and lifestyle, the three important factors to watch are activities that affect body shaping, diets that are rich in proteins, and brain health. Brain health, in particular, is considered to be one of the most important wellness trends in 2019. Let’s look at each of the aforementioned lifestyle trends in more detail.
- Focus on Workouts That Shape the Body
Diet and exercise are becoming more and more the go-to means to improve lifestyles among those aged 35-44. Not just that, nutrition and working out have become the most popular natural ways by which individuals within that age group are improving their bodies. This has a lot to do with the shift in perspective over body image. A 2016 study published by the American Psychological Association reports that women are more accepting of their bodies overall, and dissatisfaction over their bodies is the lowest it has been over the last three decades. Along the lines of this trend, as more individuals focus on health and individuals body shape, it is expected that workouts that aim to shape the body rather than to yield results of just being skinny will become more popular. Rightfully so – as we age, we lose muscle mass, which is why an exercise routine that includes resistance training that supports muscle growth is key. Also, muscle cells burn a lot more calories than fat cells, whose primary task is to store calories. Herbalife Nutrition energy and fitness products are designed to address any exercise regimen, and can greatly help those trying to optimize their body shape. In particular, Herbalife24, a comprehensive performance nutrition line that offers the appropriate amount of nutrients throughout the entire day, not only improves performance but also eases the post-workout recovery.
- Maintaining a High Protein Diet
A Harvard Health study reports that individuals who consumed a more protein-rich breakfast not only had lower glucose levels but they were also fuller during the day than those who did not eat as much protein. This means that a breakfast that is rich in protein will curb the desire to snack more during the day. This, in turn, will keep the calorie count lower and combat weight gain.
Those who follow a vegetarian diet have to rely on plants for their protein sources. These include traditional sources such as beans and nuts but also a mix of different plant-based proteins. While soy protein is a high-quality plant-based protein, other good sources are quinoa, sesame and peas – all of which can increase protein amounts a great deal. Herbalife Nutrition’s snacks, including protein bars, bites, and roasted soy nuts, are great protein alternatives to otherwise calorie-rich snacks that will not keep one full for a long time. The resource to learn about the appropriate balance of macro and micro nutrients. It recommends a daily balance of 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% healthy fats.
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Protein pacing, which refers to the intake of an optimal amount of protein at several regular intervals during the day, is a popular tactic for all kinds of people nowadays. Originally practiced by athletes, the trend has begun gaining a broader popularity. Studies have demonstrated that protein pacing is effective for reducing fat and overall body mass in overweight adults. The consumption of proteins is also crucial for tissue repair as well as maintenance of vital organ function.
For those who are seeking to do protein pacing, Herbalife Nutrition has creative ideas with its products – from the traditional protein drink mix to high protein iced coffee, protein bars and personalized protein powders.
- Exercise and Nutrition that Boost Brain Health
Crucial to healthy brain aging are robust functions of memory, mood, attention, and cognition. Addressing every category is hardly achievable with just one universal dietary inclusion. Rather, an integrated approach is recommended, and one that is composed of an appropriate nutrition plan and exercise. Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki touched on this topic recently in her Ted Talk, and according to Wendy, exercise is a mood, attention, and memory enhancer, and it is associated with both immediate and long-term benefits to brain health. In particular, her research highlights the beneficial effects of physical activity on brain areas such as the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex. Ultimately, this means that exercise has a protective effect on the brain, protecting it against neuro-degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Balanced nutrition that includes ingredients such as caffeine, lutein, and curcumin is crucial for brain health. Caffeine is an all-star ingredient, targeting all four aforementioned aspects of brain health in addition to protecting against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
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Lutein’s benefits span beyond its original reputation as being the “eye vitamin.” A recent study that looked at older adults reported that lutein and zeaxanthin significantly improved both complex attention and cognitive ability.
Last but not least, curcumin, an ingredient found in turmeric and Indian curry, has protective effects against brain inflammation. In fact, consuming curcumin daily has been found to improve memory and mood among individuals with mild, age-related memory loss. Furthermore, several individuals who suffer from dementia have also been reported to have coexisting heart disease. Herbalife Nutrition’s Heart Health solutions are “exclusively endorsed by Nobel Laureate in Medicine Dr. Lou Ignarro” to help with taking care of cardiovascular health.
Overall, the positive influence of nutrition and exercise on the process of healthy aging are obvious. This is why it is more important than ever to incorporate them into one’s daily routine.
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