Part of positive aging is maintaining good health and well being is adopting an eating lifestyle that provides good nutrition. What we eat as we age is vital to not only good physical health but also our mental health.
I recently completed a course through FutureLearn.com ‘Strategies for Successful Aging’ and one area discussed was Nutrition for Healthy Aging and how obesity can be a risk factor for age-related diseases.
Obesity is a modifiable risk factor for several chronic age-related diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and osteoarthritis
So what should we be eating to provide good Nutrition for Over 50s
Basically a well balanced diet including foods from all food groups but eating everything in moderation plus regular exercise will keep you healthy. However here are 4 areas you should to include.
Protein – meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese, will help promote muscle mass which is vital as we age. Maintaining good muscle mass helps us function, metabolic health, enables us to keep mobile and living and independent life.
Vitamin D – the ability to make and metabolise Vitamin D declines as we age. Getting adequate access to Sunlight and including oily fish will help to maintain strong bones.
Vitamin B-12 – this is essential for good brain health and helps your body produce DNA and blood cells. It can be found in: shellfish, salmon, liver, red meat, fortified cereals and soy products, dairy, cheese and eggs.
Mediterranean Diet – Research has shown that following a Mediterranean style diet which includes predominantly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, olive oil, lean meat such as fish and poultry,and a red wine (in moderation) has many health benefits. These include weight loss, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, better control of blood sugars (Diabetes) and can help with depression.
What can you include into your menu to provide the nutrition you need to be Fit, Fabulous, Healthier & Happier?
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