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Healthy Eating Tips That May Reduce Age-Related Issues

Posted by Blooms The Chemist on 5 Jun 2020

Healthy Eating Tips That May Reduce Age-Related Issues


In general, the more we age the more aware we become of age-related issues. There is an increased likelihood of osteoporosis, stroke, heart attack, and other common health challenges for older people[1]. However, you can always make choices and changes that will provide benefits and reduce the likelihood of these challenges,

In this article, we explore how it’s never too late to improve how we eat to help prevent age-related issues. To be fully empowered you should seek specific advice from your GP or pharmacist about your diet and nutrition.

Avoid saturated fats, salts, and processed sugars

Studies suggest that salt intake is connected to an increased likelihood of heart disease, high blood pressures, and stroke[2]. Equally, sugar increases the likelihood of obesity and has even been linked with an increased risk of diabetes.

Avoiding saturated fats, salts, and sugars are easier than you think, simply try to avoid processed foods. Any food that is processed is likely to have salt and sugar added to make it taste better and ensure you want to eat it again.

Try to choose natural foods and cook your own meals, it should make a difference.

Drink More Water

Water is potentially the most valuable asset on our planet. It is in every cell of your body and plays a vital part in moving nutrients and toxins around your body.

Aim to drink 6-8 glasses per day to maximize your health and hopefully reduce the likelihood of age-related issues.

Supplements

In general, experts recommend that you get the vitamins and other nutrients you need from your food. However, taking a calcium supplement can help to prevent your bones from becoming brittle in old-age.

As brittle bones increase the likelihood of bone breakages and this often leads to reduced quality of life, this is one supplement that is worth taking.

You should also consider taking vitamin D as this helps to support bone strength.

Reduce Alcohol

A nice glass of red is a great way to end the day but be mindful of how much you have. Drinking more than a glass a day can lead to health issues and even alcohol dependency, that’s not likely to help you reduce age-related issues[3].

You are never too old to develop healthier eating habits. It may be more challenging but the benefits are there for you. Seek support from your GP or pharmacist, they are there to help.

Written by Nathan C.

Nathan is passionate about fitness, including researching and writing about it.

References

[1] World Health Organisation. Ageing and health. 2018-02-05

[2] Heart. Get the Scoop on Sodium and Salt. 2018-04-16

[3] Medical News Today. Just how harmful is it to have 1 drink per day? 2020

All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.