We All Get Older - But We Can Eat These Foods To Help Us Be Healthier As We Age

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We All Get Older - But We Can Eat These Foods To Help Us Be Healthier As We Age

We Often Write About Health - But, What Should We Be Eating As We Age. Let's Take A Look At These Options!

Here's a List of Foods for An Anti-Ageing Diet - To Keep You Feeling Good

Though we are unable to stop getting older, you can stay healthy. The first step towards good health for your senior years is to eat the right foods – healthy foods for a healthier you.

“You have to feed your body good nutrition for it to run like it’s supposed to run.

You have to have good maintenance,” says Joan Salge Blake, EdD, a nutritionist and professor at Boston University. “You have to start treating your body like you do your cars and your home.

“Sometimes, we forget that our bodies are a well-oiled machine.”

Eating habits for Older Adults.

As we age, our bodies change -- not just in how they look, but also in how they work. It may take longer for you to digest meals. You may not drink enough water because you don’t feel as thirsty as you used to. Food may lose some of its taste, so you simply might not be interested in eating.

You might have a hard time chewing, you might just not feel like cooking, or you might be tired of eating by yourself.

When these things keep you from eating well, your once well-oiled machine starts to sputter.

Talk with your doctor about any trouble you have as you try to eat a healthy diet. You may want to meet with a nutritionist, too. With a good health team, you can come up with a plan that helps get you back into eating well.

Keys to a Healthy Diet

You probably know the basics of a healthy diet -- lots of fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins, whole grains, some low-fat dairy and healthy fats, and less salt. Some foods are especially helpful for older adults who want to eat healthier.

Water. Not a food, you say?

Think of it as one. As you get older, you may not drink enough water because you don’t feel as thirsty as you used to.

“Water is so underappreciated. - Our bodies are mostly water, we've mentioned it in many of our articles if you've read them and you should - see our homepage for those healthy facts for food

If you’re chronically dehydrated, just think of what your cells look like,” says Robin Foroutan, a New York nutritionist.

“You can’t think as clearly, you get fatigued more easily, you don’t tolerate heat as well.

“People who complain of things like fatigue and mild headaches and constipation, most often they’re just dehydrated,” Foroutan says.

Blueberries. “Always delicious,” says Angel Planells, a nutritionist in Seattle, “and packed with various antioxidants.” Antioxidants -- things like vitamin C and vitamin E -- keep your cells healthy.

“You can’t go wrong with any of the berries, usually,” Planells says, “but blueberries really come packed with nutrients that are beneficial for the body.”

Fibre.

Fibre from foods like vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and legumes plays a key role in your digestive system.

- It can help prevent or ease constipation as well as lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation. Heart Health - it can lead to a healthier heart.

Fibre also can help control blood sugar levels and lower your chances of diabetes.

Fatty fish.

Heart-healthy all-stars like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids. They can be part of a healthy diet. Aim for at least two servings a week.

Water

Drink Water - 2 Litres a day - just keep on sipping away!

No Matter what age we are we must drink water. - Keep away from fizzy drinks!

Read more about water here - https://howiamfeelingfunny.com/water-we-all-need-it-but-not-enough-of-us-drink-enough-of-it

Olive oil.

You can use this as a substitute for butter. It’s healthier than some other oils.

Yogurt.

Bone loss gets worse as you get older. Calcium helps keep it at bay, and yogurt is a good source of that. Get yogurt fortified with vitamin D, which helps you take in and use that key mineral. Yogurt also helps you digest your food, and it has protein, too.

And it pairs really well with fruit.

Tomatoes.

These and other foods high in lycopene, a natural chemical, can help protect you against prostate cancer and may help prevent lung cancer, too. Cooked or processed tomatoes (in juice, paste, and sauce) may be better at that than raw ones.

Researchers believe that heating or mashing tomatoes releases more lycopene.

Red wine. - we mentioned this in our arictle Can a Glass of Wine Help With Your Health?

Alcohol may help lower “bad” cholesterol, prevent blood clots, and ease your blood pressure. It is also good for your heart health.

Go easy, of course, we don't mean drink it by the bottle.

This means no more than one drink a day for women and around 2 a day for men. If you don’t drink alcohol, though, don’t start doing it.

Broccoli.

Filled with all sorts of vitamins and antioxidants, broccoli is high in fiber, too.

Nuts.

Full of omega-3s, unsaturated fats (the good kind), fiber, and protein, nuts are heart-healthy nutrition in the palm of your hand. Shoot for five 1-ounce servings per week. The following examples equal 1 ounce:

24 almonds

18 medium cashews

12 hazelnuts or filberts

8 medium Brazil nuts

12 macadamia nuts

35 peanuts

15 pecan halves

14 English walnut halves

That's our small but effective way to help you stay healthier as age unfortunately takes its toll.

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