As you get older, your body changes. Eating a balanced diet will help you to stay healthy. As always, check with your doctor with regards to your diet, however here is some general advice on what to eat and how to keep healthy as you get older.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet means you need to eat:
It's important to eat foods which are rich in fibre, iron, calcium and vitamin D.
Eating foods containing fibre is good for your digestion. Constipation tends to become more of a nuisance as you get older, but fibre-rich foods can prevent constipation and other digestive problems. Good sources of fibre are:
Iron is important for our general health. A lack of iron can make us feel as though we have no energy. The best source of iron is lean red meat, although no more than 70g (cooked weight) of meat a day. Other sources of iron are :
Osteoporosis is a major health issue for older people, particularly women. It happens when your bone density decreases, which raises your risk of fractures. It's important to have calcium in your diet to keep your bones healthy and help you avoid osteoporosis. Good sources of calcium include:
Vitamin D is also essential for healthy bones as it helps you absorb calcium. We mainly get our vitamin D through the effect of summer sunshine on our skin. However, it’s also important to get some in your diet from eggs, oily fish and some fortified breakfast cereals.
The most importance thing is to ensure your diet is balanced by not having too much of one type of food and not enough of others. If you incorporate all the types of food mentioned above, you will be eating a nutritious, balanced diet and helping your body to stay as healthy as possible.