Food is our body’s fuel, but did you know some foods are better when you are younger and some are better for when you are older? Once you hit the age of 60 food becomes even more important than you think. Diabetes becomes a higher risk along with high cholesterol and much more. To reduce your chances of having to deal with these issues, all you have to do is know what foods you should be eating vs what foods you should not be eating. Some of the most important foods to keep in your diet and/or add to your diet range from proteins to foods that are rich in fiber.
The Good Food
- Firstly, make sure you are eating plenty of proteins in your daily diet. The reason your body needs protein is because it is what helps build muscle mass which helps maintain a strong core and prevent future falls from happening. Some examples of high protein foods include chicken, turkey, eggs, almonds, and milk.
Make sure to do your research on other proteins that are good for your diet, because the different foods that are high in protein might surprise you.
- Next we have fiber. Fiber is really important in your diet because it helps your overall digestion system stay healthy. As you grow older your digestion can begin to suffer unless you give it the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Foods high in fiber include broccoli , berries, carrots, cauliflower, and corn.
These are just a few of the foods that are high in fiber. If these are not your favorite foods then you can always look into fiber supplements like gummies or pills that you take daily to get that source of fiber you need in your daily routine.
- Don’t forget your iron! Iron is something that we forget about, but it is so important for our bodies. Iron is what makes a protein that carries oxygen to the tissues in your body. Iron supplements are also very popular to take but foods like leafy greens, lean red meats, and eggs are excellent natural sources.
- “Eat your fruits and vegetables!” Is something we have all been told as long as we can remember, but it really is serious! Fruits and vegetables are key to staying healthy at all ages, but especially for the elderly. It is known that by eating your daily recommended veggie and fruit servings, you can help lower risk of certain cancers that evolve in the stomach, breast, and prostate.
These are just a few of the daily recommendations to add or keep in your daily diet. Make sure you look into more information that might fit your body better, because everyone is different and has unique dietary needs. Talk to a specialist to get more information on what your diet should consist of as you get older.