Your body needs certain vitamins and foods as it ages. Compared to when you were a kid, are you still eating the same foods? Throughout your life, nutritional needs change. It’s good to keep this in mind if you want to stay healthy and happy longer. Remember, as well, that if you’re not getting all the vitamins and minerals you should through the foods you eat, supplements are a good way to make sure your body gets everything it needs. Always discuss with your physician whether or not supplements are appropriate. Not all prescriptions go along with every supplement on the market.
Let’s look at a number of things involved in a diet for over 50 years of age. You can take a list of these to your next 30-year reunion and compare diets and supplements with your former classmates.
Foods Rich in Calcium
From both women and men, it’s good to consume a daily intake of 1200 mg of calcium. As you grew, it helped you to develop and maintain strong teeth and bones. Now, it will also help with proper functioning of your nervous system, muscles, and heart.
To absorb calcium, you also need the proper amount of vitamin D. Make sure you are getting enough of both. Calcium can be derived from things other than dairy, so if you’re lactose intolerant, explore other avenues.
One favorite source of potassium is bananas. As you age, your risk for heart disease and stroke increases. Avocados, bananas, and other potassium sources can help lower your risk. It may also be of assistance to those who experience high blood pressure.
About 4700 mg of potassium is the daily recommended amount.
While not a vitamin, water is one of the most important things you can put in your body. Make sure you’re drinking roughly 13 cups a day if you’re a man, or nine if a woman.
Cinnamon and Turmeric
Including turmeric, consider using different spices with which to experiment. This can help greatly if, as you’ve gotten older, you’ve noticed your ability to perceive taste has diminished somewhat. You can also benefit from the fact that turmeric can help prevent arthritis, decrease joint inflammation, and boost immune function. It may even help ward off cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Another antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent is cinnamon. Blood sugar may also be better contained through the use of cinnamon.
Vitamin B12 can be found in any number of foods including cornflakes. Because many people have a hard time getting enough of it, B12 is a popular supplement. In fact, somewhere between 10 and 30% of 50+ adults choose to take supplements such as B12. Every day, 2.4 mg of B12 should be ingested, one way or another.
Raspberries and other fiber rich foods should be included in your diet, particularly if you are 50 years of age and up. To help keep your system moving, you have to get enough fiber. You can decrease cholesterol and gastrointestinal inflammation if, per day, you get between 25 and 30 g of fiber.
You and Your 50-Year-Old Classmates Can Trade Diet Tips at Your Next Class Reunion
Whether you and your classmates are 50 years old, 60 years old, 40 years old, or what have you, we – at Alumni Class – would like to help you plan your next class reunion. Imagine reconnecting with all your old school chums. Talk about the dieting trends from yesteryear and how they compare to today’s healthy living suggestions for those in their 50s or otherwise.
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