It’s a fact that as you get older your metabolism changes. In the the article below the author through some discussions with dietitians shares some foods that you will find useful as you are aging. Balanced diet is key and its important to include, in your diet, foods that contain the nutrients your body requires. Team RetyrSmart
Foods that give you suitable nutrients as you grow in years
Whole eggs are one of the richest sources of nutrients and protein out there.
One of the most valuable sources of protein and nutrients that you can eat are eggs, according to Pamela Schoenfeld, MS RD LDN. They are rich in choline, biotin, and protein.
Protein protects you from bone and muscle loss, Schoenfeld explained, and supports immune function. Choline helps the liver clear fats, and biotin is needed for energy, skin, and nails.
Citrus fruits may be anti-inflammatory and anticancer.
Another category of foods you’ll want to incorporate into your diet are citrus fruits, Schoenfeld told INSIDER. Citrus should be eaten whole, preferably with the skin and, when organic, have a bit of the peel or zest too.
“Citrus is rich in vitamin C, the white netting around it is abundant in bioflavonoids which strengthen the blood vessels, and the peel is rich in limonene which is anticancer and anti-inflammatory,” Schoenfeld said.
There is some evidence to support this, however, more research needs to be done in regards to limonene’s anticancer properties.
Fermented dairy is a good source of calcium.
“Fermented dairy is not only a superior source of beneficial bacteria for the gut and overall health, it supplies much-needed calcium, which not only is needed for bones, but it also keeps our blood in an ideal pH range,” Schoenfeld said.
If you aren’t consuming enough calcium, the body will draw calcium from your bones to keep the blood calcium in a normal range, she explained. You can consume fermented dairy in the form of kefir, yogurt, or cheese.
The cabbage family supports skin, joints, and a ton of other things in the body.
The cabbage family, also known as cruciferous vegetables, includes kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and several others. These vegetables supply sulphur, a necessary nutrient for our skin, joints, and practically everything in the body, Schoenfeld said. Plus, they support our detoxification pathways, which allows the body to effectively remove toxins.
“Just make sure not to overdo it – two servings per day, about 1-2 cups, will take care of your needs. More than that may interfere with the body’s use of thyroid hormones,” she told INSIDER
Spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and rosemary can reduce inflammation.
If you’re looking for something simple to top off your meal, try adding turmeric, cinnamon, or rosemary for extra health benefits. “These are special in that they help reduce inflammation, support good blood sugar control, and protect and support cognitive function,” Schoenfeld told INSIDER.
She also recommended mushroom extracts, sesame seeds, and black pepper to help with the absorption of nutrients from spices like turmeric.
Fish may help to boost your brain power.
Fatty fish in particular, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, are a great source of high-quality protein, according to Stephanie Bostic, Ph.D., RD, and owner of Balance: Food and Nutrition.
Fish also provides valuable omega-three fatty acids that are associated with better mental health and decreased cognitive decline, she explained. Merely eating fish twice a week can allow you to start reaping some of these health benefits, Bostic added.
Nuts may help you live longer.
Beyond being a great snack, nuts are good for longevity, according to Bostic. “People who eat nuts tend to have improvements in useful blood values, like their cholesterol. Nuts are also a lovely source of fibre, protein, and healthful fats,” Bostic told INSIDER.
B12 fortified foods are more easily absorbed than natural B12.
As you age, many older adults are less able to absorb the B12 naturally found in foods, Bostic said. “Because they naturally begin to have a lower level of acid in their stomach or take medications that alter their stomach’s environment, the process needed to digest and absorb B12 is impaired,” she told INSIDER.
Therefore, eating food with added B12, such as B12 fortified cereal or milk, can help prevent a deficiency because synthetic B12 is more easily absorbed, Bostic explained.