November 23, 2018 6:29 am Leave your thoughts
You body changes as you get older. What worked perfectly well for you twenty, thirty or forty years ago might not be working quite as well now – and you might not be sure why. At Naturally Good Food, we’re thinking about different diets for different ages this week. We’re taking a look at what experts feel is the best food for the best health, for men at different stages of life. If you’re a man in your 60s, what should you be eating – and avoiding?
Don’t get stuck (down there)
Let’s start at the end, so to speak! Constipation, unfortunately, can become a bit of an issue as you get older. Fibre-rich foods are the answer here – wholefoods such as brown rice and pasta, along with dried fruit like prunes and figs. Soluble and insoluble fibre both have an important role to play in keeping everything moving along nicely.
Don’t get stuck (in a chair)
There’s no need to retire to your armchair just yet. Exercise keeps mind and body alert and young! If you’ve lost just a bit of oomph, however, then perhaps it’s time for something to kick-start your motor again. How about building some more of these foods into your diet:
- Pulses: rich in iron, which provides energy
- Oily fish: another great source of iron
- Quinoa: rich in protein, for a wholefood boost
Keep your ol’ bones healthy
Osteoporosis doesn’t just affect women: men need to guard against it too, by keeping up their stores of calcium. As well as being readily available from dairy products and from green, leafy vegetables, you’ll find plenty of calcium in:
- Soya beans: fresh, dried and in various forms
- Tofu: a good non-meat protein option
- Tinned fish with bones, such as sardines
- Seeds: especially sesame and chia
- Almonds: great for calcium and a range of other nutrients
Boost your immune system
Your immune system can weaken with age. Recharge it with foods such as turmeric, dried fruit, almonds, sunflower seeds and green tea. They’re all believed to give a boost to immunity, protecting against colds, flu and other infections.
Worth your salt
As taste buds age, and palates decline, it can be tempting to add increasing amounts of salt to your food. Too much salt, however, is a contributory factor to heart disease. For additional taste without using salt, think about a sprinkling of other condiments, such as pepper, mixed herbs or various spices. When using salt, use a top-quality unrefined variety, of which a little goes a very long way.
Make every mouthful count
As you age, your appetite may decrease. Nevertheless, your body requires the same supply of vitamins and minerals. If you’re eating less, make sure that you’re eating well with every single bite. Base your diet on wholefoods, in which the ‘whole’ of the food is present, with its full complement of nutrients – and not on empty calories.
A full overhaul?
It’s a good idea to have a full overhaul of your body and its requirements at regular intervals. As you get older, your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals tends to lessen. Medication can often inhibit absorption further. You may therefore find that you need to adjust your diet in your 60s to take in more (or less) of a particular element.
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This post was written by Yzanne