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The best diet for your 60s

Your sixties can be very relaxing age, especially for those who have just retired. It is a time most plan to spend time relaxing at home, engage in hobbies such as reading and  spending time with your children or grandchildren. It is a time where you may need to pay some attention to your health and wellbeing as well, however. Studies have shown many at the age of sixty have unhealthy diet and exercise habits that may make them become sick and cut down their lifetime. So healthy diet and plenty of exercises should be a must for you’re after retirement plans in order to best enjoy a longer, happier life with your loved ones.

Balancing the diet

People aged over sixty usually cut down on calories because their lifestyles become more sedentary and they do not need a lot of calories. This is good because extra calories mean obesity and heart diseases. But this can lead to deficiencies in certain nutrients such as their requirements for vitamins and minerals which remain the same. In addition to this, the absorption of vitamins and minerals is harder in an older person’s body and the medication taken by many over 60s further hinders the absorption of these nutrients. All these factors mean that people of this age need to select the food they eat carefully. Adding a plentiful supply of fresh vegetables and fruit is very advisable.

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Getting plenty of antioxidants

Further research indicates that a diet high in antioxidants found in wine, green tea, fresh fruit, and vegetables are very beneficial for the prevention of many diseases such as Alzheimer’s. This will also be beneficial to your lung health as it will keep your heart and lungs young.

Calcium for your bones

Weakening bones may mean you need to increase your calcium intake as well. This can be done by including plenty of milk and small fish in your diet. However, if you are facing lung diseases or obesity them it might be wise to opt for low-fat milk.

Zinc for immunity

It is generally thought that the immune system becomes weaker with age which means less immunity to cancer as well. Eating more zinc in the diet can help to boost the immune system. Good sources of zinc include meat and dairy products, whole grain cereals and pulses.

Fiber and Water

Since the digestive system can also get weaker it is good to take extra amounts of water and fibers to keep it running without any interruptions. This will prevent constipation and gastritis as well.

With all these dietary improvements it is also important to keep excise in mind as well. It will help burn out any extra calories and increase blood supply helping your organs function properly. If you are a heart patient or a patient with a lung disease, it will be advisable to use oxygen therapy with an oxygen concentrator when you exercise. It will help maintain your oxygen supply, reducing any risks and tiredness.

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