Eating healthy at any age is a good thing to do. However as we age there are certain things that become more important.
Today we’re going to take a look at a few things women who are 60 years or older should pay attention to.
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Getting a good dose of the omega-3 fats DHA and EPA can protect against heart disease, lower inflammation and help you stay sharp, all growing considerations as you age. Aim for 500 mg of these healthy fats every day-you can get that from about two six-ounce servings of fatty fish per week. The American Heart Association recommends upping that to 1 gram (1,000 mg) if you already have heart disease. Fish, walnuts, flaxseed, flaxseed oil and canola oil are the best sources of the omega-3 fat ALA, which our bodies convert (somewhat inefficiently) into DHA and EPA.
Fish oil or vegetarian supplements with ALA may also be recommended, but you’ll need to skip the former if you’re on blood thinners.
Eating regular meals keeps blood sugar stable-another boon for brain health. The brain burns glucose for fuel, so you need a steady supply to keep it functioning properly. In fact, some scientists suspect that some forms of dementia may be related to an inability to move glucose into brain cells. Be sure to eat every three hours or so and include protein, fiber and some healthy fat to get a sustained supply of fuel to your noggin.
Organic Meat and Dairy…
Animals are given estrogen-like hormones to increase their weight or milk production. All these extra hormones, which can get passed onto your plate through meat, dairy or other animal products, may increase your risk for female cancers. That’s why it becomes even more important to consider organic meat and dairy products, or at least, hormone-free versions, as you get older.
As you focus on making sure you’re nourishing your mind and body as the years pass, remember these words: “Good nutrition is important for health at any age!”
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