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Vitamins and Nutrition by Longevity Explorers | Recent @ Cincinnati

At a recent presentation, one Explorer reports that a physician told them that vitamins were not necessary.  Good diet works too.  Another Explorer adds that one doctor said that most vitamins, excerpt for vitamin D, are not necessary to take if you have a good diet.  Still one other Explorer adds that she doubles up on vitamin C in the winter since she cannot take the flu shot.

Some other factors affecting vitamin efficacy were also brought up.  Vitamins need to be taken on a regular basis for them to be effective; not just once-in-awhile or hit and miss.  Recent research also suggests that time of day that you take vitamins can sometimes impact their effectiveness.  And, you also need to be careful on the quality of your vitamins; not all vitamins are of the same sourcing and quality.

Other vitamins or supplements are sometimes helpful, such as glucosamine chondroitin, which one Explorer claims helps her knee and was also recommended by her doctor.  Some confusion exists on whether to take iron or not.  One Explorer has been taking iron supplements for a while to combat anemia and it works well; has not caused problems.  Someone else added that she understands that now, some are trying to combat diabetes, not with insulin, but with a better food-based approach; a more natural approach.

Another Explorer brags on whiskey as a nutrient or medicine.  He also lauds having a cane because it is a constant reminder to him to be careful and avoid having another fall.  To this end, an Explorer strongly recommends balance classes, where they build up your various muscle areas (e.g., wrists, back, ankles, knees, hips), and they also teach you how to fall.  She loves it and thinks it is very good for you.  Basic yoga classes have also been helpful to Explorers for giving them better balance and more confidence to avoid falls.

Also, doctors are not very well trained in nutrition.  One Explorer adds that medical training includes just two semesters of nutrition education.  Registered dietitians, on the other hand, are medical professionals that we often forget about, but they are usually associated with every hospital and offer great advice on your nutritional needs and information.  They typically train for 7 years, and are typically covered by insurance.  Pharmacists, too, are a good source of information.

Finally, a reminder from one Explorer: Doctors are not perfect.  Their information is their best guess for you.  They may not be correct.  Pay attention and use your own judgment too. 

 

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