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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

If You're Over 50, You Need to Eat More of These 4 Foods!

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Good health is something we all need to work on throughout our lives in order to achieve and maintain good health. As we get older, it becomes even more important because our bodies are not as active and are more prone to diseases such as viruses, colds and flu, and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

As you get older, you need more of these 4 foods

Sorry, but as you get older, you can't live on hamburgers, french fries and milk shakes! You need more protein, fiber, calcium, and lots more fruits and vegetables. Here's why.
  1. Protein - muscle and bones break down as we grow older; protein builds strong muscles and bones -- it's as simple as that. Foods like fish, nuts, beans, eggs, seeds, and dairy products are rich in protein and also have been proven to increase brain function and help reduce the risk of strokes.
  2. Calcium - is one of the most important nutrients to build strong bones. Eating more foods with calcium with help prevent bones from getting brittle, which makes them more susceptible to breaking. Eat calcium-rich foods like milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, almonds, kale and calcium-fortified orange juice.
  3. Fiber - is known to decrease the risk for stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Fiber also keeps you regular which is good for the colon. Foods rich in fiber include whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  4. Fruits and vegetables - the best vegetables for middle-age people to eat are those rich in color, like kale, spinach, broccoli, squash, carrots, and yams. The dark color means it has a higher content of antioxidants and nutrients that will fight off diseases. Eat them raw if you can. When it comes to fruit, oranges, pineapples, and all the berries are excellent sources of low-sugar, low-carb fruits that are rich in vitamins and fiber.

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