We always need good nutrition, no matter our age! But as you age, the food you eat begins to be of greater importance; in your lifestyle, your moods, how you handle menopause and post-menopause, and for remaining as youthful as possible for as long as possible.
I have listed here a small list of 7 foods that will make you happier, healthier and more youthful. Nearly all the information here comes from The Linus Pauling Institute, which is about living longer and being healthier. The institute promotes healthy food and lifestyle that represents the idea of eating everything in moderation … and abandoning processed foods which are very aging! You can tell when you have eaten unwisely; can’t you?!
It’s important though to remember that these 7 foods are by no means a complete list. There are 10 more foods dedicated to the promotion of happiness and well-being; and your overall health.
Bananas: improve your overall well-being. Contain Magnesium and Potassium. Magnesium deficiency is frequently caused by medications and is also part of the aging process. As you age you may not get enough Magnesium from a banana to relieve cramp, lower your anxiety levels and improve your sleep. It’s important to supplement these two minerals, especially Magnesium.
Oranges: 2 x 370 ml glasses per day is sufficient for your basic Vitamin C requirements. As an anti-oxidant, Vitamin C lowers oxidative stress.
Oatmeal: Contains Tryptophan which helps the brain increase the supply of the neurotransmitter Serotonin which makes you feel good and is great for your skin! It is also delicious for breakfast with some blueberries and yoghurt.
Pistachios: 25 pistachios contain 100 calories and lower the blood pressure response to stress. They have been shown to significantly reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) while increasing antioxidant levels. You can even recycle the shells as compost or mulch in the garden! They are also delicious with a large Gin and Tonic …
Avocado: contains Mono-unsaturated fat and potassium. The monounsaturates increase the number of Serotonin receptors in the brain … you feel good!
Wine: in moderation! One glass (just one) Lowers your blood pressure and relaxes you. The secret is to limit the amount you drink!
Whole grain toast: provides slow-release carbohydrates that stabilise blood sugar. Add some protein, such as almond butter, to improve your memory, concentration, and alertness.
As I said earlier, these by no means represent a complete list! However, they’re a start and in my book 25 Ways to a Healthier, Happier You, you can find more. There seems to be so much unhappiness in the world, I think it’s nice to know that, with the right Attitude, you can change all that. Good nutrition helps change and it’s all part of the aging younger process … you can read more here:
Do you eat unprocessed foods that make you feel happy? Do you look for a diet (Dare I Eat This?) that will contribute to your well-being? Do you eat food for weight loss or eat to remain healthy and age younger? Do you live to eat, or eat to live?