There are people who can eat and get away with it; however, if you are above fifty years of age, it is very essential to be mindful of what you include in your plate. Refined goods, junk foods, trans-fats may take toll on your heart and overall health, and have effects on your skin and brain as well. It is a good idea to include more whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables and healing herbs and spices. Most of these foods are a treasure of health and could also delay signs of ageing.
Here are some foods you should be eating to keep your body healthy and mind sharp if you are in your 50’s:
- Raspberries contain a rage of healthy antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. Additionally, they are also a good source of fibre. Your gastrointestinal functions tend to slow down as you age; to make sure they are working smoothly, you should include more good quality fibre in your diet. Spinach, apples, whole grains, beans and peas are some other examples.
- Cornflakes and other B12 foods are also good additions. “As the body ages, the stomach’s acidity decreases, and as a result it is harder to get enough vitamin B12 in your diet”, says nutrition and fitness expert Pamela A Peke, MD.
- Turmeric and Cinnamon are two healing herbs that could help make this transition way smoother. Turmeric is a vibrant Indian spice that is packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been associated with alleviating pain caused due to arthritis. The active compound of turmeric helps improve cognitive ability too, according to various studies. Cinnamon is also loaded with antioxidants; it is also enriched with antidiabetic and antimicrobial properties.
- Water: Most importantly, one should not forget drinking enough water. Body uses water in all its organs, cells and tissues, to regulate essential bodily functions. Women should ideally drink 9 cups of water daily while men should drink 13, says Dr. Peeke.
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