To begin with from birth through to your twenties your body requires lots of fuel for growth, development and strength. Then progressively to your 50’s you might notice a decrease in your appetite. This is not necessarily a cause for concern because as you age your body needs less fuel to function. Be mindful that this change is based on your current level of physical activity. If however your lack of appetite begins to worry you consult your GP or health professional for advice.
Generally speaking, less means more. With a decrease in appetite, you will need less food but that doesn’t mean you can get away with eating high calories. Instead seek out low calorie, high nutrient foods such as fresh good quality vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and proteins such as lean meats and eggs. As you age your bodies natural ability to process waste decreases, so seeking out foods that are high in fibre will increase and encourage bowel health.
Getting enough time in the sun is also vital to your nutritional needs as well as your general wellbeing as your age, sunlight helps our body produce vitamin D, which plays a vital role in bone health and muscle strength. A leisurely 30-minute walk once a day is also wonderful for your fitness, so why not combine these two with a stroll in the morning or afternoon out of the peak UV times.
Oily fishes such as mackerel, pilchards, salmon, sardines and fresh tuna are high in essential fatty acids that can help prevent heart disease, alleviate some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, preserve eye health and prevent cognitive decline.
One more way you can help keep your body healthy and happy as you age is to avoid alcohol, which hinders many of your bodies natural processes and absorbs unwanted sugars, calories and chemical.
If you have any concerns about your diet and nutritional needs, consult your GP or healthcare provider. Nutrition is essential to staying healthy and living life to the fullest.
This blog post was first published on Seasons Aged Care.