Eating healthily in your 50's
Follow our advice to stay fit and fabulous in your 50’s.
Whilst the three basics of wellness stay the same throughout your life – eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle – you should keep in mind that as you move through different stages of life, your body’s nutritional requirements will change as your body and hormone levels alter. So follow our advice to make sure you eat right in your 50's.
Women in their 50s often report a renewed sense of purpose and vitality as they let go of earlier self-doubts and look ahead to the next phase of life.
However, in this decade the dreaded abdominal weight that oestrogen has kept at bay becomes more of a challenge. All of a sudden you may notice yourself gaining weight in places you never had previously. Unfortunately, abdominal weight gain in particular is closely linked to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, which makes insulin resistance more common at this stage in life. So it really is important to work on improving all aspects of your health. Make sure you are getting enough sleep 7-9 hours per night and add good bacteria into the diet to improve gut function and boost immunity. Keeping your bones strong by including calcium and vitamin D in the diet is also beneficial.
Including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet can help alleviate joint pain, stiffness and reduce inflammation so you can stay active. Try and eat more oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies, fresh tuna, herring and sardines) plus anti-inflammatory spices such as cinnamon, turmeric and ginger.