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If you’re over the age of 40 — perhaps even over 30 — it will come as no surprise to hear your body starts to change, and not for the better. The effects of aging on the body become more obvious the older you get. The bones become more brittle, the skin begins to sag, joints start to stiffen and nails begin to weaken.

These bodily breakdowns, which for many of us start off slowly and almost unnoticeably, pick up steam as we enter our 50s and 60s and beyond. It’s the normal aging process at work, and is partly a function of our body’s diminishing ability to naturally produce essential compounds and vitamins. The infographic below, Essentials Your Body Produces Less of as You Age, and What You Can Do, shows six crucial vitamins and nutrients we lose as we age and how it affects our ability to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

We can take steps to slow down or compensate for our body’s decline in the production of these essentials, as the infographic explains. Vitamin D, for instance, is a very important substance for maintaining bone strength. In the later years of life, bone strength, formerly something seldom if ever worried about, becomes a leading cause for concern. Many a senior is confined to a wheelchair or much worse as the result of a fall that causes a fracture. However, by maintaining a proper diet and getting adequate exposure to sunlight, an individual can maintain higher levels of Vitamin D and reduce these risks over the years.

For maintaining health, it’s important not to wait until the last minute. The infographic is important reading for adults of every age: Being aware of what will happen in your 50s and 60s when you are still in your 20s gives you ample time to prepare and begin forming healthy habits for diet, exercise and other practices that replenish the body’s supply of essential vitamins and compounds. The older you are, the harder it is to form good habits, so there is no time like the present.

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Dietary supplements are an area that can be confusing. Some types of supplements are widely considered to be effective, others (not relevant to this infographic) are widely thought to be ineffective, and still, others require more clinical studies to make a determination. The supplement’s form of delivery (pill, tincture, etc.), along with the dosage can have a significant impact on its efficacy. In addition, an individual’s overall health and medical history should be taken into account. When it comes to supplements, the best course is to consult with a trusted healthcare provider and to not rely on supplements to the exclusion of all else. Nevertheless, supplements should be considered as a way to keep as healthy as possible as the years pass.

To find out what important nutrients we lose as we age, take a look at the infographic from Celera Life

How to Compensate for Essentials Your Body Makes Less of as You Age 1

Graphic created by Celera.

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