When people get old, changes are visible not only in the way the skin looks or physical actions, but also how the body responds to nutritional needs. As we age, the body needs more nutrient-dense foods and vitamins for optimal health. "In youth, it is all about growth and maintaining a body that can grow. But after the age of 50 the goal is to prevent diseases by maintaining an optimally healthy and active mind and body," says nutrition and fitness expert Pamela Peeke, MD. That is why, if you are above 50, you should be aware of these foods to add in your diet chart.
Here are some foods you should be eating to keep your body healthy and mind sharp over time.
Your body is in need of fibre rich foods like raspberries, bananas, carrot, broccoli etc. After 50 our gastrointestinal functions slow down automatically. So it is essential to eat enough fibre to keep your system moving smoothly.
"As the body ages the stomach's acidity decreases, and as a result, it becomes harder to get enough vitamin B 12 in your diet," says Dr Peeke. That is why, if you are above 50, your diet should always contain B12 Foods like corn flakes, cereals etc.
Yes! Your body needs kitchen ingredients like turmeric and cinnamon. Every Indian kitchen surely contains these useful spices. Both are known as anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agents. They boost your immune system quite well. Even a few beverages made with these spices are great for immunity.
Last but not the least, drink water. Your body uses water in all its organs, cells and tissues to help regulate and maintain bodily functions. "Women need nine cups of water and while men should drink 13 cups daily", says Dr Peeke.
So, if you are over 50, try adding these effective foods in your diet for a healthy lifestyle.
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