Eating Healthy At All Ages

What we eat has a direct outcome on how we feel, and there are different needs for different ages. Here we look at different advice across the ages, starting with what is good for babies.
A baby starts his or her life with a diet of milk. The great debate is whether natural, mothers, milk or formulated milk is best for the child, but that is down to individual preferences.
For eating tips for babies it is wise to seek professional advice, as this stage of life is vital for development and future results. What is vital is that the baby gets a regular and good intake of calcium, a mineral vital for the continued development of the baby’s fragile bones and a good intake of the vitamins and nutrients that help to build up strength for the rapid growth stage that follows.
When babies move onto more solid foods, still need the nutrients as before, but their digestive systems are developing to help then swallow solids. This is the fastest stage of development, and again a sensible attitude, and a regular routine of feeding, is of great benefit to the child.
When does your baby become a child? That question cannot be answered, but we are talking here of the stage where solid food is the norm and baby foods have been surpassed and left behind. It is all too easy to give a child what it wants, or what is convenient, but a diet of chips and fish fingers – staple food of many a young child – is not the healthy option needed to build up strength and lead to an active and healthy life. The child needs the regular intake of iron rich vegetables, a good measure of vitamin giving fruits, and plenty of solid nutritious food to aid fast growth and rapid development. Remember, the rate at which children grow is faster in the early years, and this necessitates a further intake of calcium and potassium – both found in a variety of vegetables – plus iron and vitamins to sustain growth. Not too much fat – you don’t want you child to start life overweight – and a good choice and variety are the key at this stage.
Perhaps the most difficult years in a youngster’s life are the teenage years. This is when the body is trying to break away from childhood and become an adult, and as such is when the biggest chemical changes in the body occur, sometimes in a very short timeframe. The usual routine of vegetables, fruits, meat and protein applies just as strongly here as before, but it is essential to keep fat and oily food to a minimum, as the changing hormones in the body can have an adverse effect on the skin, further exaggerated by fats and oils in foods. Acne is the dreaded result, and a diet free of oil rich and fat filled foods, and supplemented with a strong diet of vegetables and fruits plus plenty of fluid intake, gives the teenager the best chance of making the transition to adulthood in the most enjoyable way possible.
The diet of the average adult is a well known routine: a good balance must be found that fits the individual, one that features a healthy mix of meat and fish, fruit and vegetables, and with plenty of water and fluid. This enables the body to absorb the nutrients and vitamins ensuring a healthy and enjoyable life, while helping us to keep things at the right level without over indulging and putting on excessive weight. Good tips are to grill food, rather than to fry, a method that helps cut down on the fat intake, and to make a conscious effort to eat portions that are not over large and unnecessary. An important thing to keep an eye on is alcohol intake, too; far too often we feel thirsty and head into the nearest bar to quench that thirst, but this is a mistake. Drink water to curb thirst, not alcohol. Enjoy alcohol at your leisure, and at safe levels, but always bear in mind that too much alcohol is detrimental to more than just the physical well-being of the individual.
The twilight years of our lives are often the most relaxed, but the need for a healthy diet is still present. Older bodies need plenty of calcium intakes, and can benefit from a diet rich in vegetables as they provide the necessary vital nutrients in large quantities. Vitamin intake is vital for strength, so lots of fruit is advisable, and iron content is necessary to keep up the body strength now that it has passed the growth stages. If you eat well, follow a well planned and balanced diet, there is no reason why you should not live a long and healthy life and feel perennially younger than you are.

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