We all know that as we get older, we become more susceptible to illness, syndromes and sickness. Hence, staying healthy especially after the age of 50 is very important for one’s well being. And for this, you must follow a healthy diet. It is a fact that when you are over 50 years old, your metabolism will not be the same as you were in your 30s or 40s and so your body will require different nutrients to stay fit and healthy. Therefore, it’s highly recommended for people over 50 years of age to include more of fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, yogurt, etc. in their daily diet. Similarly, there are also certain types of food that must be avoided after the age of 50. Given below are five such foods. So, if you’re 50 years old or older, then limit these foods as much as possible to enjoy a good health in coming years. Remember that avoiding these foods will not only add years to your life, but also make those years healthier, better and much more enjoyable.
1, Too Much Salt
It is recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that people over the age of 50 should consume no more than 1500 mg of sodium in a day. This is because too much of salt in the diet can negatively affect your blood pressure. Salt causes your body to hold water, and this in turn increases the blood volume as well as blood pressure. Moreover, high blood pressure will result in increased strain on other vital parts of the body like kidneys, heart, arteries and brain. Thus, the problem of high blood pressure can even put you at the higher risk for heart attacks, kidney disease, stroke and other such deadly health complications.
You can cut down your salt intake considerably by avoiding processed foods such as potato chips, processed red meats, frozen meals, pizzas, snack foods, salad dressings, etc. Plus, always read the labels carefully before buying any product and look out for “low-salt”, “sodium-free”, or no-salt alternatives.
2, The third glass of wine
No doubt, several studies have shown that moderate amount of wine is good for heart and it can even reduce your risk of some types of strokes. According to the National Institutes of Health, having 2-7 drinks per week will not harm you. But heavier drinking will greatly damage both your heart and liver. Alcohol could disrupt sleep and raise your blood pressure as well. It can also cause hypoglycemia in people who are suffering from diabetes. What’s even worse is that it can affect the way medicines work in your body. So, if you’re over 50 years old, then make sure to limit your alcohol intake.
The majority of people over the age of 50 suffer from arthritis. You might be surprised to know that there are certain foods that can literally worsen the symptoms of arthritis. Bacon is one such dangerous food. It is rich in saturated fat and this results in increased production of prostaglandins – the chemicals that actually cause ache, soreness and swelling in joints. Hence, it is recommended that older adults should avoid the consumption of Bacon. Plus, all those who are suffering from arthritis must also avoid certain food items like egg yolks, meats, sunflower, corn, soybean, cottonseed oil, margarine and fried stuff.
Regular consumption of non-diet sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks like fruit drinks and sports drinks increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. It has been found that a 12-ounce Can of any regular soda contains the same amount of carbohydrates (40 grams) as contained in 10 teaspoons of sugar. Moreover, it is also a fact that people who drink two or more sugary drinks in a day are 35 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease than those who don’t drink these sugar-sweetened beverages. So, now onwards, replace these harmful sugary drinks with some healthier options like iced green tea and stay healthy.
Almost all of us know that excess intake of sugar can lead to the problem of overweight. But that’s just one of the harmful effects of sugar. Consuming too much sugar can harm you in many ways. No matter whether you are taking the sugar in the form of a candy bar or a pint of ice cream, your body will convert that sugar into glucose. And one of the major health problems linked to high levels of glucose in the blood is diabetes. Over time, this deadly disease called diabetes may even affect and damage your heart, kidneys, nerves, eyes and other parts of the body. Above all, people with diabetes have higher risk of experiencing mouth, skin and bone problems, and the combination of these will eventually make the body look and feel older than your age.