What Vitamins and Supplements at 50plus?
How do I know which vitamins and supplements to take in light of overwhelming choice at chemists and health food shops and the many competing messages to buy? Should I detox?
I know just what you mean. It’s a minefield isn’t it? You will come across many competing opinions. I suggest you consider whether the answers you are given have any base in independent research and are accepted within the medical profession. It is an industry full of weird and wacky ideas.
Let me give you my view. It’s pragmatic, sensible and quite straightforward and in keeping with BMA and governmental health messaging. As long as you eat a healthy, broad diet there is absolutely no reason to take supplements unless:
Children might need a multi vitamin as their growth spurts vary: pregnant women should take folic acid and peri/menopausal women should take calcium.
If you are feeling any symptoms that concern you such as tiredness, aches or rashes, you should go and talk to your GP as you might have symptoms of something that should be investigated. If you are suffering from a vitamin shortage this can be properly identified and rectified through prescription.
A to detoxing What’s your liver for? Its an inbuilt detoxer.
How to get started with exercise
I haven’t done any exercise for years and I’m quite nervous about starting and don’t know what to do. I hated games at school. What do you suggest?
Firstly, let me congratulate you on an excellent decision. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t done anything for a long time. Anything you do will be positive for your health. You might want to start off gently. Physical activity doesn’t have to mean doing sport. It means you have to move more to use up calories so it might as well be fun. Walking is a great start. Go for a nice stroll in a pleasant environment and enjoy the fresh air. Why not take up swimming? This is an good way to exercise if you are quite overweight as the water will support your body as you exercise. Why not go dancing or join a class and learn. time will fly by if you are concentrating on learning new steps.
The thing to remember when you are starting is ‘little and often’. 15 minutes 5 times a week is better than 3 hours once a week. You want to get your body gradually used to moving again and if its fun, you’ll want to do it some more..
If you have a fitness question you’d like to ask Anne, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . Anne is looking forward to answering a selection of your questions over the coming months. Alernatively you can always post your questions for Anne as comments to this article.