Our bodies can become less tolerant of certain foods as we age which is why it is important that we eat the right foods. There are some beneficial lifestyle changes you can make when it comes to your diet to help decrease the risk of illness and help you to stay healthy.
So, which foods should you avoid and which foods should you eat?
Eat foods that are high in fiber like fruit and vegetables, oatmeal, beans and lentils etc. These can help with constipation that becomes more common as you get older. They can also help lower your cholesterol, manage your blood sugar, and keep your weight healthy.
Whole grains such as barley, brown rice, oats, and quinoa are a great source of fiber and high in vitamin B, which you need more of as you age. Whole grains can also decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Fatty fish such as salmon, herring, swordfish, and albacore tuna are rich in omega 3 and DHA which is good for your brain and you may improve your memory. Low levels of DHA have been linked to Alzheimer's disease.
Nuts such as walnuts, cashews, almonds and pecans contain nutrients that can help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancer as you age. Nuts also protect your brain as you get older.
Foods To Avoid
Grapefruit or grapefruit juice can heighten the effect of some drugs which can potentially be dangerous.Medications to treat high blood pressure, anxiety or insomnia often come with a warning against consuming grapefruit.
Too much salt can be badf or older people, especially if you have a history of hypertension. It can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Foods with a high glycemic index, such as white bread can cause inflammation in the body, which is linked to ageing.
Sprouts aren’t a great option for older people who have digestive issues or weak immune systems. They are a virtual breeding ground for bacteria.When seeds sprout, they can grow bacteria like salmonella and E-coli, which gets trapped inside the seed.
We hope you found our blog helpful. As we age, our health is top priority and diet is a significant part of staying healthy and having a longer and fulfilling life.
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