Eating for your age

By: Health Local Staff Jan 29, 2014
Eating for your age

The vitamins we need in our 20s are different from the vitamins we need in our 50's.

The vitamins and nutrients our bodies need when in our 20s are different as we age. By the time you reach your 40s and 50s, your body changes dramatically and requires different types of foods.

There are ways to eat for your age, but you must be informed on what types of foods should be consumed. Here is how to eat for your age and implement a healthy life diet.

Diet for your 20s and 30s

Women in their 20s and early 30s feel invincible. Working all day, partying into the night, and keeping the social calendar filled are as important as getting up in the morning. But, during this age you must pay attention to your diet, especially if you plan to have kids in anytime in the future.

Lots of whole grains, quinoa, and multi-grain rice are a great way to keep the blood pressure low and diabetes at bay. Iron deficiency is a huge problem among young women, especially those with heavy menstruation. Implement pumpkin seeds, clams, and lentils into the diet to promote iron-rich blood. These foods are especially important if you do get pregnant.

Ideal foods include:
Bananas, oranges, spinach, plain yogurt, lean protein sources, whole grains, and fatty fishes like mackerel and salmon. Avoid too much caffeine.

Diet for your 40s

During your 40s you must be concerned about high blood pressure and cholesterol. Excessive weight gain can cause problems later in life. Body shape and metabolism begin to change, as many women become premenopausal during this age. As the estrogen levels decrease, fat deposit pocket around the waist. A womans cholesterol may also begin to rise, so it is important to eat foods that are low in bad fats.

Calcium rich foods are important during this age because the bones may begin weakening. It is important to prevent weight gain during your forties.

Ideal foods include:
Apples, lemons, eggs, and fish, such as salmon and rainbow trout. Avoid eating too much processed food and a diet rich in sugar.

Diet for your 50s and 60s

With the onset of menopause, your body begins to take on a different shape. Symptoms of memory loss and sleeplessness are not uncommon. Once your periods stop, iron levels become less of an issue, but it is important to continue eating protein and lots of calcium.

Increase antioxidants to help prevent chronic conditions that can greatly debilitate life later on. And, drink plenty of water to ensure healthy bowels and digestive system.

Ideal foods include:
Lentils, fresh vegetables, watermelon, and soy. Avoid eating too much food at one sitting. Too much coffee or alcohol can cause depression, and spicy foods in excess may increase hot flashes and menopausal symptoms.

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