In my house, “diet” is just another four letter word.
Of course I try to eat healthy and exercise when I can, but my busy schedule gives me plenty of excuses to eat junk food.
As we get older, we need to try and supplement our lifestyles with vitamins and nutrients that keep our bodies young.
Remember to check with your doctor before adding any vitamins or supplements to your diet.
For women in their 50s and older, these are the 15 nutrients that are crucial for good health:
B12 is critical to both your brain and nervous system, and also helps produce red blood cells. As we get older, our stomach acid thins and makes it harder to absorb this vitamin.
That means we need to seek out more healthy sources, including supplements and B12-rich foods.
Those include clams, trout, and liver.
Magnesium is the most abundant element in your body, and used in hundreds of different bodily reactions. A steady supply also keeps your energy levels up.
You can add magnesium to your diet through spinach, almonds, and cashews.
Someone has probably recommended zinc to you as an immune system booster. It’s actually unhealthy in large doses, but as we get older it’s harder to meet our body’s demand.
Plus, conditions like diabetes, liver and kidney disease can make you zinc deficient.
You can get more zinc from red meat, beans, and oysters.
Women actually tend to need less iron as they age, but it’s still important to make sure you have a steady supply in your diet.
Iron is a crucial ingredient for the processes that repair cells and transport oxygen through your body.
To get more iron, add beef, chicken, leafy greens and fortified breakfast cereals to your grocery list.
Also known as B9, this vitamin prevents anemia. It has also been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
While folate is usually taken as a supplement, it can also be found in spinach, beans, peas, and oranges.