Your health is important no matter what age you are, but especially as you enter your 50s! Eating the right foods and getting the right nutrients will benefit every aspect of your life. From giving you more energy, to protecting you from deadly diseases, what you put in your body really does make a difference. So, here’s how to eat nutritious in your 50s!
Make Sure You’re Eating Fatty Acids (Especially Omega-3)
Keep your brain sharp, eyes healthy, and help fight off the inflammation underlying many chronic diseases by eating fish, walnuts, or taking a supplement. Also, fatty acids lower the risk of depression and improve circulation.
Cut Back on Foods that Are High in Sodium
As you get older, your risk for high blood pressure increases, and salt is a huge contributor. Limit salt intake to 2,300 milligrams a day.
Beware of Saturated Fats
Protect your heart by eating very minimal saturated fats (candy, doughnuts, processed food, etc.) and more healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, etc.). Saturated fats can lead to serious health problems and diseases.
Eat Lots of Colorful Fruits and Veggies
These foods reduce the risk of chronic disease and act as antioxidants. Try to eat different varieties, as they all have their own great benefits!
Get Enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, and even certain brain disorders. You can find it in foods such as eggs, mushrooms, and dairy products.
Don’t Forget Your Calcium
Your bone density decreases after you hit 50, so making sure you are getting enough Calcium is very important. Doctors suggest getting at least 1,200 milligrams per day, but no more than 2,000.