We know how important it is to look after our health, and as we get older this becomes even more paramount.
We’ve rounded up our top-picks and advice to help support you in this next chapter of your life.
A Probiotic With Proven Weight Loss Benefits
As we get older, that weight around the middle becomes harder to shift and more stubborn. Luckily, new research has shown that ShapeLine (RRP £29.95,www.provenprobiotics.co.uk) a new probiotic from Pro-Ven Probiotics offers significant and guaranteed weight management capabilities. In the largest clinical study of its kind on the effect of probiotics on weight loss, participants of all ages saw a reduction in their weight, waist circumference and BMI after taking one Pro-Ven Probiotics ShapeLine capsule every day, for six months. The results are even more impressive as participants were not placed on a calorie-controlled diet and made no changes to lifestyle or exercise regimes, indicating that all of the weight reduction benefits were as a result of the probiotic.
Interestingly, results were most significant for the following groups – people over 50 who had an average weight loss of 4-5lbs and 2% reduction in BMI. Also, those with higher cholesterol had an average weight loss of 5lbs. Finally; those over 50, with higher cholesterol had an average weight loss of 7lbs and a significant reduction in cholesterol levels!
The risk for diabetes increases with age, making diabetes common in older adults. In fact, approximately 25% of adults over the age of 60 years have diabetes[i]. If you or a loved one wants to take control of their diabetes, consider CuraLin. CuraLin (RRP £59.00, www.curalife.com) is a specially tailored natural formula that promotes healthy and balanced blood sugar levels and insulin production in those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. The nutritional supplement is made from a mixture of ten natural ingredients, which work with the body to help balance the blood sugar profile.
Dr Sarah Brewer recommends CuraLin for those suffering with type 2 diabetes due to the positive effects reported and measured by its users. Dr Brewer explains, “The blend of 10 Ayurvedic herbs within CuraLin have a range of beneficial effects on glucose control and metabolism. As a result, users report that their glucose control quickly improves and, in some cases, normalises within 4 weeks. Users also report reduced cravings for sweet food, and experience improved energy, sleep and general quality of life.
Dealing With Stress
As we get older, our experience often warrants jobs with higher expectations and more stress. This as well as juggling your personal life can lead to mounting feelings of stress and even burnout. Leading burnout coach Rosie Millen (www.missnutritionist.com) explains, “Burnout is the inability to cope with modern life and is caused by multiple stressors. The adrenal glands are endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys, they are chiefly responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of numerous hormones. Healthy adrenal glands secrete a number of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These allow our bodies to deal with physical and emotional stress.”
“When we experience physical or mental stress the adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol into the blood stream to prepare us for the stress response. The heart beats faster, pupils dilate and sugar is sent to the muscles in order to have physical energy to deal with the stress. If the adrenal glands are constantly pumping out these stress hormones and don’t have time to recover then they can become fatigued and stop producing these hormones. This can eventually lead to adrenal exhaustion.”
To avoid burnout, Rosie recommends – “eat protein at every meal and snack because it will help to keep your blood glucose on an even keel and provide you with sustainable energy throughout the day and avoid those mid afternoon slumps.”