Our bodies are super, amazing, incredible machines but, as we get older, they lose a little bit of their efficiency so we need to make sure that we have the right stuff going in to maintain our energy and fitness levels. That means looking at our vitamin and mineral intake; sure you have the quick option of popping a few pills everyday but, if you include the right things in your diet, you really shouldn’t need them. Here are a few of the essentials and the foods that you can find them in:
Vitamin B12 helps to make DNA and to keep blood cells healthy so it’s pretty important. It can be found in dairy products and oily fish like salmon and mackerel but the absolute best source is the love it or hate it liver. I know liver has a very strong flavour but cooked slowly in red wine and onion sauce it really is delicious and sooo good for you.
Vitamin D helps our bodies to absorb calcium which keeps our bones strong so we need to make sure that we are getting enough of both to help maintain our bone health as we get older to avoid fractures and breaks from falls. Great food sources are oranges, spinach and kale, soy beans and, best of all, sunlight. On with the bikini, a glass of orange juice and some soy beans to snack on and you’re good to go :O)
Folate encourages our cells and tissue to repair and grow. It’s also known as vitamin B9 and is found in a number of foods which should definitely add to your diet if you haven’t already. The more that we can encourage our bodies’ basic building blocks to do their thing the better!
Avocados, asparagus, broccoli and lentils will all provide you with vitamin B9 and they’re all healthy and tasty ways to kick start our self-repair systems.
Vitamins E and C are great for helping to prevent the damage caused to our skin by the sun and so are an absolute must have as we get older if we don’t want to be all wrinkly and prune like. Avocados (they really are something special!) and oranges are great sources and so are these beauties:
All these wonderful, colourful foods taste great (except maybe liver, it’s not everybody’s favourite is it?) and they will help your body to remain strong and healthy. Eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as you can and try to avoid fast foods and processed foods as they are loaded with the kind of things that your body really doesn’t need if you want to keep it in its optimal state.
Happy, healthy eating everyone x