You are at your peak when you’re in your 20’s, and you hardly ever worry about your health. When you hit your 40’s or 50’s, however, you begin to feel the signs of aging, and often that’s the only time most will take their health and diet seriously. Few people know that preventive health maintenance should be done much earlier in life.
Studies have shown a drastic decrease in nutrient absorption as we age, thereby causing poor overall health especially in the older population. Certain bodily functions such as nutrient ingestion, absorption, metabolism and elimination are affected as the years go by. Some of the diseases associated with the body’s inefficiency in absorbing nutrients include sarcopenia, a decline in muscle mass; atrophic gastritis, where the stomach’s basic function of secreting gastric juices becomes impaired; osteoporosis, especially for post-menopausal women; and a host of other illnesses.
These are further magnified by the many psychological impacts of aging such as a feeling of being useless as a result of limited physical movements, negative outlook in life and hopelessness. Often, people in their 40’s and above feel unable to enjoy and live life fully.
All of these negative physical and psychological outcomes can be traced to one culprit: inefficient and inadequate nutrient absorption. No matter how conscious we are of eating the proper diet, exercising regularly and taking all the necessary supplements, we may still be in danger of not achieving our optimum health. In truth, as we age, our bodies absorb less and less of the vital nutrients which eventually becomes an unaddressed body need, what is referred to as “nutrition gap”.