Eating Right Strategies For Your Age (ALL Ages Are Foreseen!)

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You won’t always be twenty!

For most of us, good health and a good body, will come naturally in our 20’s. The sad part is that it will not always stay that way!

Your 30’s should find you settling down into the groove of your life after the wild rush of the 20’s. In your 40’s, with marriage and possibly raising children, with some adjustments, we will all probably still be going strong and able to cope with what life may throw at us.

The 50’s and up will see many physical and biological changes taking place, until we finally hit the true senior’s mark.

Now if this sounds a bit depressing — don’t stress and don’t panic! The stages of age are just phases we pass through, and if the right adjustments are made, especially in the realm of nutrition, you will hardly feel any difference.

As you age, your body changes and so do your nutritional needs. By giving your body what it needs at the right stage of life, you can help yourself stay as well and vibrant as possible no matter what age you may be.

 

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Eating strategies for different life stages

Here are the needs for whatever stage of life you may be in. Keep reading!

20’s and 30’s

  • During this stage, your body will be at its peak in many ways – physically, biologically, and sexually.
  • You recover quickly from injuries and illnesses, and don’t suffer all that much if you sometimes drink too much, or binge on junk foods.
  • Cultivating good eating habits focusing on healthy greens and proteins. This will help to build healthy bone and muscle.
  • Establish an exercise routine to help burn calories and keep muscles supple.
  • Keep your nutritional requirements uncomplicated by following a healthy diet whenever you can.

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40’s and 50’s

  • If you have made good lifestyle choices through your 20’s and 30’s, you will feel great when you hit the 50’s, and should persist with your exercise and healthy eating regimen to keep the feeling of well-being ongoing.
  • You may find it a bit harder to lose extra weight, mainly because of age-related metabolism slowdown. The way to remedy this is to make adjustments to your calorie intake, and move activity levels up a couple of notches.
  • Your diet should now include cutting out refined junk foods made of flour and sugary items which put you at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
  • The main focus should be on getting foods into your system that support the immune system and provide energy. This must include foods that are high in vitamin C, the various B vitamins and protein from chicken, fish and eggs.
  • Essential fatty acids from fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon must also be added to your diet.
  • Getting enough exercise still remains a priority to burn extra fat, as well as promote the cardiovascular system and heart health.

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60’s and seniors

  • This is a stage of life where you may not always like what you see in the mirror, but do realize that feeling healthy and vital is now of paramount importance. To get a second wind and keep doing the things you enjoy doing, the idea that you are what you eat comes home to roost in a major way.
  • To stay well, completely cut out foods that result in inflammation which are the main killers of our century such as refined flour and sugar items that have absolutely no nutritional value.
  • Nutrients and minerals are more than ever necessary to combat age-related problems like brittle bones, osteo-arthritis, and poor circulation.
  • Foods rich in magnesium and calcium should become the order of the day for bone health. Reduced bone density could result in fractures if you have a fall.
  • Keep exercising to optimize blood flow to the muscles and tissues to keep them supple, and help prevent muscular injuries.

By paying attention to your diet, getting the right nutrients and minerals, you have the best chance of staying well, healthy and vital through all the age-phases of life.

 

What about supplements?

There are many uninformed people who maintain that supplements are not necessary at all, and that some supplements might even be health threatening. To date, there has been not been one death worldwide related to an overdose of natural supplements. What the body doesn’t need the body eliminates.

They maintain that you should get all the nutrition you need from the food you eat. In theory this sounds good, but in many cases the soil where veggies and other food are grown is depleted of natural nutrients due to overuse and other climatic factors.

Supplements have proved very useful to fill up the gaps where natural nutrition may be lacking, and especially beneficial for those recovering from illness who want to build up strength and energy.

Seniors in particular can benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements.

 

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Why seniors may need supplements to boost their health

Many seniors may not be getting all the nutrition they need from their diets. Many elderly folk tend to have poor diets, especially if they live alone, or perhaps are in a care-home.

Here are some reasons why some seniors may not be getting sufficient nutrients.

  • Those staying alone may not take the trouble to cook proper meals. It actually becomes easier to just skip a meal, or eat something which is simple to prepare like heating up a pie or making a sandwich.
  • As people age, their appetite also diminishes, particularly those who may be lonely, sad, or depressed.
  • Seniors may be affected by a shortage of minerals like calcium and magnesium which they are no longer getting from their diets. Both calcium and magnesium cannot be produced by the body, and if the foods containing these essential minerals are in short supply, natural supplements will help support body function and bone health.

 

Lifestyle changes

No matter what age you are, it may need more than good eating strategies to keep you well and healthy. You may need to make some changes to lifestyle habits like quitting smoking, lowering alcohol intake, losing excess weight, and getting plenty of exercise, if you really want to achieve optimal health as you go through the stages of life.

References:

www.articles.mercola.com

www.dailymail.co.uk