Throughout your life, whether you are old or young, a healthy diet is important. Not only will it help with your mental health but it also helps with your physical health. As with anything in life, it’s ok to eat badly every now and then as long as it’s in moderation. However, each day you should aim to achieve your five a day as well as drink plenty of water. A good diet should consist of the following:
- Plenty of protein. This is found in food such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs, nuts, beans and pulses
- Good fats. These can be obtained from dairy and meat products as well as oils and nuts
- Carbohydrates. You can get a good source of carbohydrates from beans, fruits, vegetables and grains
- Vitamins and minerals
- Water. This is in food and drink. Try not to have too much caffeine or highly sugary drinks as these are not as good for you. Limit these to one or two a day.
Below is the importance of keeping to a healthy diet as you get older.
Being overweight can become a bigger issue as you get older. By eating healthy, you’ll find yourself slowly losing weight until you hit your healthy weight. By doing this, you will reduce the chances of certain weight-related illnesses like type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Being overweight can also put straight on your joints and you might end up needing knee replacement surgery. When choosing what to eat, try and include as many vegetables as possible. If you don’t like vegetables, then try and include them within sauces as they have a different flavor that way. It’s a bit like when you add onion to a tomato sauce to get more vegetables in there without them being a prominent flavor!
Improving Your Sleep Quality
As with eating your five a day, or with drinking enough water daily, it is recommended that you get 7-9 hours of sleep a day. Sleep is extremely important for helping your body repair, resting your mind, as well as keep your immune system strong. Eating a good diet will help with improving your quality of sleep, thus helping reduce illnesses. It’s always worth keeping track of how many hours a day you sleep in case you are not aware of it.
Helping With Your Memory
Memory loss is more common as you get older, which is why eating a healthy diet is important to try and reduce this. By looking after your brain’s health and consuming enough vitamin D, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as omega oils, you’ll find yourself being able to remember things better and think more clearly. There are many healthy diets you can follow that incorporate you eating good food and consuming many vitamins and nutrients.
One of the most important muscles in your body is your heart. After all, this is what beats every day and keeps you alive, amongst other vital organs. When being healthy it is important you are consuming plenty of vegetables and fat-free food as well as limiting the amount of alcohol you drink. The better you eat, the more your heart will thank you, and the less likely you are to get ill and feel not very well.
Alongside your heart, improving your diet and eating healthily can aid your stomach health. This is such a crucial organ as it’s one of the main parts of your digestive system and a bad diet can cause all sorts of health complications. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause ulcers or mean you require gastritis treatment – which can lead to an increased chance of stomach cancer. A poor diet can also disrupt the good bacteria in your stomach, which can cause digestive systems that ruin your life and make every day more of a struggle. Eating well will ensure that your stomach remains in good health, so you don’t have these problems to worry about.
Being able to still do the things you love
As you get older you may find that your body isn’t in as good shape as it once was, stopping you from doing things that you used to love. In order to get the most out of your body as you can and keep your joints fit and active, it is important to have a healthy diet. It is a good idea to go out on regular walks, whether it is taking the dog out or just going for a walk round the block. This way you can keep yourself in good shape and still be able to do things you enjoy.
Overall, it is important you are as healthy as you can be as you get older. Not only will you reduce your illness but you will be helping your body operate better. As mentioned above, bad food is okay to have as long as you have it in moderation.
What meals do you like to cook for yourself? Do you regularly manage to achieve your 5 a day and how do you manage this? Let me know in the comment box below, I would love to hear from you.