It’s stated that the first thing a man does when he wakes in the morning is to check from the window to see how the weather has changed overnight, and the very first thing a women does on waking is to look in the mirror to see what the night has done to her face. I could use some face-lift, etc. (don’t worry, we have all been there)

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Before you start layering on more make-up and deciding to embark yet again on a different diet/exercise regime (which will probably have been forgotten anyway by the weekend), let’s stop wishing, and start by trying to make the best of what we’ve got. We might be unable to recapture the healthy glow of youth, but we might have the ability to inject a little glow by giving as much consideration to the interior of our bodies as we do to the exterior.

Just consider what could happen to a home if it weren’t built on firm foundations. Also how would our cars run if we filled them up with the incorrect fuel? Similarly, how can we expect our bodies to function smoothly if we only worry about the paintwork, not focus on the engine? So analyse what you’re putting into your body. Is it largely’comfort/grab-a-snack – I’m in a hurry’ , eg buns, crisps, chocolates etc., or is it nourishing food with all the and minerals the body needs to operate efficiently?

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Many moons ago, a colleague of mine, who had a relationship with a pharmaceutical company, said the idea was muted within the company that as the elderly often begin the day with a cup of tea and digestive biscuit, then a fantastic way of ensuring they receive all the needed vitamins and minerals was to add them into the digestive biscuit It seemed a wonderful idea, but if you think of how we absentmindedly dip into a packet of biscuits, then we’d probably overdose on vitamins.

Although we need vitamins we could also have too much of a fantastic thing. It’s worth recalling that whereas the body will expel a lot of vitamin C, the body will keep Vitamins A & D and an overload of these vitamins may have a harmful effect. So leave it to the pros to get the balance right. It’s much better to start the day (with your nourishing breakfast) with a excellent multi-vitamin and vitamin tablet.


Another supplement I would recommend for those people whose memory isn’t what it was is’Ginkgo Biloba’. This has been used for many years on the continent as an aid to improving blood flow. It’s said that it not only improves the supply of blood to the head and then improves the memory (so hopefully we will remember where we put the bottle of pills ) but in addition, it improves the blood supply to the extremities, which is fantastic if you suffer from cold feet and hands. Ginkgo, incidentally, comes from the Ginkgo tree, which is among the oldest trees known to man.

You can therefore appreciate how essential it is that we don’t allow plants to become extinct. Remember the old wives’ tale that’fish is good for the mind’? It’s high in essential fatty acids, which help to keep a healthy heart and circulation. Another very good supplement is . This was naturally within the ground and in our veggies years ago, but sadly has become depleted through the years with intensive farming and chemicals. So we can put this missing ingredient. I certainly felt a difference on taking this as a nutritional supplement.

Now, if you’re prone to numerous infections, coughs, colds, etc., then your immune system needs a boost. In addition to the regular Vitamin C, a few good supplements for that are Zinc and Echinacea. It’s a fantastic idea to take Echinacea well ahead of the’flu time’ is upon us to be able to get it in the system. We’ve always understood the importance of making certain we have enough to be able to maintain bone strength, but it’s just in the last few years that Glucosamine has come to the fore as an aid to the joints.

Glucosamine is thought to stimulate cartilage growth and prevent down it and reducing the subsequent pain. I have a friend who swears this has helped her painful joints. Notice that throughout I have been using the word’supplement’ as no pills will replace a wholesome diet. I recall being told by a doctor when I was in my twenties the way towards a was to consume a small quantity of a huge selection of foods and that way the body would get the necessary vitamins and nourishment.


Whilst I agree with the ‘variety’ information, I’m not sure with the current day treatment and overlong storage of foodstuffs (particularly fruit and vegetables) if there are lots of vitamins made by the time they get to the table. It came as a shock to hear at the same lecture that if they tested an orange for its Vitamin C content, the results came back as a sudden’nil’. Still to finish on a happy note, the fiber content was there, and we have to eat loads of FRESH fruit and vegetables not just for the vitamins but also for the fibre and enzymes necessary for the digestive process to work properly.