Having a healthy and balanced diet is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing, but of late it seems that people aren't getting the right vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need from their food. This is the opinion of Alison Wyndham, physiotherapist and complementary health practitioner, and owner of The Wyndham Centres. According to Ms Wyndham, the poor quality of the food that many are eating is causing gaps to appear in people's diets. "It is mainly processed which means that it is heated, and heat destroys many of the vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients that are present in our food," she explained. Furthermore, the processing that occurs in many food products gives them a high trans-fat and salt content, which can lead to conditions like diabetes. To ensure that bodies have the right intake of essential nutrients, older adults are advised to buy natural and organic foods, such as fruits, vegetables and fresh meats. Find the nearest Barchester care home.