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Eat Right to Stay Fit for Life

June 13, 2018

Aging can have some harsh effects on your body. It is vital to incorporate certain life adjustments to avoid health catastrophes especially in the latter stages of life. These changes are primarily in the area of what you eat, what you do not eat and how you choose to spend your time. A healthy blend of reasonable physical activity and an age-appropriate, nutrition-rich diet is the key to a better quality of life as you grow older.

 

With increasing age, your capacity to eat and your body’s nutritional requirements change accordingly. For instance, if you were once able to devour large portions of food by yourself, you may now find it next to impossible to finish a bowl of cereal without taking a couple of breaks. Your physician or dietician might also tell you that you need more specific nutrients to function well.

 

We have composed a list of foods that can help you stay fit for longer:

  1. Foods That Improve Brain Health– With age, cognitive abilities start declining. It is imperative to include foods rich in micronutrients like Zinc and Selenium. They protect the brain and help avoid degenerative neurological conditions. Examples of such foods are – blueberries, nuts, olive oil, seafood and lean meat.

  2. Foods For Bone Health– Calcium and Vitamin D helps improve skeletal health. Dairy products like milk and yogurt with added vitamin D are excellent. Protein-rich foods like beans and legumes are also fantastic for improving the bones.

  3. Fiber Rich Foods– We have all had our Mothers tell us the importance of eating those greens. They were right on track, especially since green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale, and lettuce add to the dietary fiber needed for improving digestion, lowering the level of LDL cholesterol and preventing cardiovascular trouble. If you find it difficult to chew these foods, you can toss them in a blender with some fruit and make a refreshing smoothie instead.

  4. Foods For A Healthy Heart– Polyphenols are compounds present in fruits like apples, cherries, and plums as well as in cocoa-based products and all types of teas. These micronutrients help in keeping the oxidative stress low, thus protecting the heart from endothelial dysfunction and other cardiovascular conditions.

  5. Foods For Energy– Healthy carbohydrates should be included in your diet to give you the energy that you require to function through the day. Oatmeal, rice, potatoes and brown bread form this food group.  

 

Try replacing unhealthy foods in your diet with suggestions from the groups mentioned in our list above and squeeze in half an hour of physical activity every day for a fitter, happier you.

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