Nutrition has a big impact on our health, regardless of our age. Food and nutrition are how we get energy and fuel into our bodies. We need to replace nutrients in our bodies with a new supply each day. Nutrition includes fats, proteins and carbohydrates. In addition, water is an important component of good nutrition. Maintaining key vitamins and minerals are also important to maintaining good health, especially for those over 50.
Most people know good nutrition and physical activity can help maintain a healthy body weight. But the benefits of good nutrition go beyond weight loss. The right food choices and a balanced diet provides the body with the nutrients and energy it needs to function properly and can prevent malnutrition.
In addition, good nutrition can lessen our risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis and can also help us stave off colds and infections. Good nutrition can help to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Healthy eating habits can also increase your energy levels, improve your wellness & well-being and help you recover from illness or injury.
So, try to:
– Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. To get the full benefit of the natural fibre in fruits, you should eat the whole fruit, not just the juice. You should also eat a variety of vegetables every day.
– Eat plenty of whole grains – At least half of the carbohydrates you eat should come from whole grains, such as cereals, whole grain bread and whole wheat pasta. – Have some dairy or dairy alternatives, such as soy drinks, and choose low fat and lower sugar options. These provide calcium and vitamin D to help keep your bones strong.
– Choose lean meats as lean cuts of meat and poultry have less fat and fewer calories but are still good sources of protein.
– Eat other sources of protein. Try replacing meat and poultry with fish, eggs, beans, or tofu and eat 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily.
– If consuming foods and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar have these less often and in small amounts.
– Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts.
– Drink 6 to 8 cups/glasses of water a day.
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