It’s no secret that as children our nutritional needs change as we grow up and become more active. But did you know that your nutritional needs change as you age throughout adulthood, too? As we grow older, the concept of a healthy diet remains the same — we need a balanced and nutritious diet to help us look and feel our best. However, the composition of our diet can be adjusted to best satisfy our needs in every age bracket. Keep reading to learn what foods make up the healthiest diet for your age range and body.
The Best Diet for (All of) Your Best YearsIn Your 20s and 30s If you’re in this age range, chances are you have a pretty busy schedule. School, work, social obligations, exercise, and chores fill up your schedule. You may wonder how anyone has time to consider nutrition with everything else you have going on, but it’s important to make your diet a priority in your 20s and 30s. The way you eat now sets the tone for your health in the future. Considering having a family? Start forming the healthy habits now that you hope your children will adopt as they grow and learn. Remember to incorporate the following into your diet to be sure you are getting the proper nutrients for your current and future health:
- Calcium-rich foods
- Whole grains
- Antioxidant-rich foods
- Iron-rich foods
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 fats from fish and eggs
- Whole greens
- Heart-friendly foods
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
Nutrition affects overall health in many different ways. From your general well-being and happiness, to more complex health conditions, what you consume on a daily basis plays a huge role when it comes to your body and your health. The team at Neck & Back Medical Center wants to be a resource for you in your journey toward optimal health and pain-free living. Read on to learn more about the topic of nutrition and improvements you might consider making to your diet.
Improve Nutrition, Improve Your HealthFollowing a healthy diet doesn’t have to be strict, boring or overwhelming. A good place to start when trying to adopt better eating habits is with the things you should be eating more often. For a healthier body and a better state of mind, start by increasing your intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes to keep you full, instead of relying on processed or packaged foods. If you’re looking for a reason to get motivated to make these healthy swaps in your diet, we’ve got quite a few. Proper nutrition amplifies your health of body and mind. Eating well can lead to the following positive changes in your day-to-day life:
- More Energy: When your body is fueled up with nutritious foods, your energy levels will soar. This will give you the boost you need to have a productive workday, run errands or exercise after work and maybe even have time to prepare a healthy dinner (or lunch for the next day).
- Weight Management: Maybe calorie counting isn’t for you, but filling up on nutritious foods leaves less room for cravings or binges, without making you feel too restricted.
- Brain Power: Nuts, seeds, avocados, and other “brain foods” contain brain-boosting fatty acids, Omega-3, and Omega-6.
- Avoid Illness: If it feels like you are always coming down with a cold, increasing your intake of vitamins and minerals may help improve the function of your immune system.
- Look Younger: Fight degenerative changes that occur as you age by paying attention to the nutritional value of foods and beverages you consume.