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How to eat well over 60

In your 60s and 70s you may think about retiring or taking more of a back seat, but there are many ways you can make a big difference to your health.
Your metabolism slows down as you age, so you don’t need to eat as much as you used to. But that doesn’t mean you should skip meals. Your body still needs regular supplies of energy to stay healthy, so have the same number of meals but smaller portions. The key to eating well over 60 is making sure you get all the nutrients you need in your diet. Here are some suggestions:   

  • Iron: our bodies find it harder to absorb iron from our diet as we age so you may need to up your intake of iron-rich foods such as pulses, oily fish and lean meat, or take a supplement
  • Calcium: you lose bone density and strength after 60, so eat calcium rich foods such as milk, cheese, broccoli and cabbage to help prevent osteoporosis
  • Vitamin D: helps your body absorb calcium. Get it from sunlight and eggs
  • Omega 3 fatty acid: this is a vital nutrient, helping to oil your joints as you get older. Find it in oily fish and eggs
  • Fibre: your digestive system finds it harder to break things down as you age. Help it out by eating fibre rich foods such as oats and wholegrains

Get more tips and information on eating well from AXA PPP Healthcare’s website.

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*This information is taken from the following AXA PPP Healthcare website: https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/health-worries/lifes-journey/article/forties-and-fifties/ Copyright Press Association 2014

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