Life Line Screening
Eating nutritious foods is important at every age, but as we hit our fifth decade, metabolism slows down and we don’t recover from injuries like we used to. We may also worry about memory or keeping our minds sharp. It’s time to turn to food for maximum health.
First, calories matter. Calories are energy so the more you take in, the more you have to expend to maintain your weight.
According to the Health.gov, moderately active men at age 51-55 need about 2,400 calories a day. That drops by 200 calories for those who are sedentary, so if you want to eat more, you need to move more. This average number of 2,400 represents a drop from the twenties where moderately active men need about 2,800 calories, and the 30s and 40s where men need about 2,600 calories.
As our natural metabolism slows, it is necessary to watch our overall intake. The best way to do this is to focus on whole foods that are both filling and nutritious and avoid processed food.
Good foods to eat include:
Good nutrition is also helpful for injury recovery. According to an article in Sports Medicine, “Nutrition is one method to counter the impact of exercise-induced injury.” This doesn’t mean go crazy with the supplements. It means consuming a well-balanced diet with minimally processed foods.
Feel your best as you age by feeding your body right.
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