Ensure a nutritional and diet supplement


Your body's nutritional requirements change as you grow older. Discover Ensure a complete health supplement that delivers 32 essential nutrients. It is an oral supplement for adults. I use Ensure and have found it beneficial.

At 62 and 55 respectively, my husband and I are blessed with good health. Touch wood! While we thank God for the small mercies He has bestowed upon us, we also ensure that we do not take our health for granted. We follow an exercise regimen, eat sensibly and don't smoke or drink. Despite having a family history of every possible ailment, neither of us suffers from age-related or lifestyle ailments.



Exercise is a big part of our life


Fitness experts recommend 10000 steps a day, to maintain food heart health and overall fitness. Our evenings consist of an 8kms walk at a brisk pace, interspaced with short distance jogging. I have attached a screenshot of my pedometer reading, from today's walk. We do 4.5km/hr. When we are done with our walk, we climb seven storeys to our apartment. We also do push-ups and squats as part of strength training and go for an occasional swim. My husband lifts weights (I do too, occasionally). He has always worked at remaining fit – had ripped abs before they became a fad.



As a consequence of our healthy practices, we maintain good health and have, thus far, succeeded in stalling medical conditions that otherwise creep in, as people touch forty.

It is not that we are fitness freaks. We fall prey to temptations and indulge in gastronomical sins that would make your eyes pop. Though, we always compensate for our indiscretions, by eating healthier at other times and maintaining our exercise routine, come hell or high water. So, a walk in the rain, in a heavy downpour, is not unusual.

Medical check-ups and the doctor's advice


Each year we undergo a medical check-up and run through a gamut of tests to confirm that our blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol and all other clinical indicators, are within prescribed limits.

There have been no reasons for concern, so far. We continue to eat whatever we have been eating, without any restrictions. However, on our last visit to the hospital, the doctor, who is an old friend, mentioned that absorption of nutrients slows down as we age and despite our healthy diet, we might suffer a nutritional deficit. He suggested that we take a supplement.

Since I have always banked on food to meet our nutritional requirements; the thought of popping pills was not very appealing. It was then that the doc suggested we give Ensure a try.

What is Ensure


Ensure is a dietary supplement that provides 32 essential minerals and vitamins. It is basically a flavoured powder that can be added to milk or mixed with water. It makes a delicious, creamy drink, and is also packed with healthy nutrients. We started taking Ensure around 8 months back and the results are encouraging. We and do not tire easily and have become more active than we were earlier.

Previously, we would push ourselves for our evening walk, if we had been out during the day, say on a shopping spree or a trip to the city. After we began taking Ensure we do not feel fatigued after being out the whole day. It has given our energy levels a massive boost. Including Ensure into our daily diet has definitely brought about some positive changes.

Dietary requirements change with every phase of our lives. Now that we are older we perhaps require more nutrients to keep pace with our bodies need. Since the body might not be properly absorbing nutrients from the food we eat, getting the nutrition through a supplement has been a good idea. Ensure completes our diet, providing us balanced nutrition, so we remain at the peak of our health. It has helped us stay fit and retain the high quality of life that we have been used to.

Nutritional composition


Ensure provides all the essential nutrients that the body needs. Every 100g of the oral supplement gives 410 kcal and 11.50 g of fat, including heart-friendly monounsaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids and linoleic acid. It also provides healthy doses of potassium, sodium, zinc, calcium, iron and other minerals. It is a good source of protein, as well. Every serving of Ensure is rich in vitamins such as A, K, C, D, B12 and other B vitamins. It supplies considerable doses of antioxidant through selenium and vitamins A and C.



Benefits


The biggest benefit of Ensure is that it offers convenience. All nutrients that we require are packaged in this one product. It looks after my husband's and my nutritional needs and I do not have to worry if we are getting all the nourishment that we need.

It is particularly useful when either of us is under the weather. Just a glass of milk with 3 scoops of Ensure looks after our nutritional requirements.

It also does away with the need of popping multi-vitamin/mineral capsules, which people our age are often prescribed. Another good property is that it digests easily and does not cause discomfort or a feeling of heaviness. It is not overly sweet and is, in fact, low in sugar. What I like about it is that it makes it so simple for us to get all the nutrients that we need, through a yummy drink that is quick to prepare.



I believe it comes in different flavours, but we have been having the Vanilla flavour and quite like its taste and smooth texture. It mixes easily with milk and water and does not cause lumps, like some of the other additives that we add to milk. I enjoy it mixed in a mug of milk. The recommended dose is 3 scoops of the supplement powder to 1 mug of milk. It forms a delicious drink.

It can also be mixed with water, but then the quantity of Ensure has to be doubled from 3 scoops to 6 scoops. My husband sometimes prefers to have it mixed with water.



Final recommendations


I would suggest Ensure to everyone, but it is best to consult your doctor before you start on it. The product is not recommended for people with lactose intolerance and galactosemia. And it is not recommended for children.



I did read about its benefits and found out that it improves bone health, which actually declines as we age. I know prediabetics and diabetic patients who use it, without it affecting their blood glucose levels. It is a good oral supplement for adults that packs in all the nutrients that are required to remain fit and strong.

Ensure is an excellent dietary supplement for people fifty years and older. It provides balanced nutrition and is easily digestible.


Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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Comments

Author: umesh05 Feb 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 10

It is true that with age the possibilities of ailments catching us increases but to a large extent it depends on many factors like heredity, pollution, stress levels, the nutritional value of the food we are taking etc.

Unfortunately, there is no single recipe for good health. We have seen people in poor and unhygienic conditions having robust health and people having all the facilities and air-conditioned environment suffering from a number of diseases.

Nutritional food or supplement is a good thing as a possible preventive measure against ailments but what matters is the sum total of good lifestyle and strict discipline in food intake.

The market is flooded with such supplements with different names but they will be of little help if the overall lifestyle is not conducive to good health.

Author: Juana14 Feb 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 6

I agree with you, there are many factors that contribute to our ill-health, but the same can be averted through lifestyle changes and persistence. Our genes determine our physical health, but if we take precautionary measures, we can definitely avoid the ailments that we inherit.

Eating healthy, regular exercise, staying dehydrated and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes can go a long way in keeping us healthy.

People have a tendency to take their health for granted, especially when they are young and compromise their health through unhealthy lifestyle. They make lifestyle changes only after a setback, by then some damage is already been done to the body.

The rich can afford medical check-ups and monitor their health and know when they have high BP or high blood-sugar levels. The poor don’t have such privileges. The comparisons provided do not depict actual figures. You need to visit a Government Hospital or a Charitable Institute to see the real picture. The poor suffer; maybe we are oblivious to their suffering. The poor have to earn a living and carry on without a whimper. It does not mean they are robust.

Nutritional supplements should not be taken as a substitute for food. They are to be taken in addition to wholesome food, after consultation with the doctor.



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