by Keith Murphy “Chef Murph”
As a species, we are living longer and longer each generation; we do not have to go back that many generations to find the average life expectancy of humans to be around 30-50 years old.
Now, we are living for an average of 70-80 years; almost double of that which we did historically. What has caused this huge increase in life expectancy?
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It is true that there have been so many advances in medicine and science, and many diseases either have been eradicated altogether, or can now be treated. Although this will have had a significant effect, it is not the old factor.
As science has developed, we have become much more aware of what we eat and the effects it has on our body. Additionally, we are now much more informed as to what our body actually needs to not only survive, but to thrive.
Our diet is a key factor in not only our general health, but also in ensuring we live a long and happy life. Here are some of the top ways a healthy diet can help you to live longer and healthier.
Feel better physically and mentally
A sensible, well balanced diet can help you to feel better both inside and outside. Eating the right foods ensures you have a regular supply of energy. This in turn enables you to feel brighter, more alert and therefore increasing your mood and often self-esteem.
There is definitely a link between mental and physical wellbeing; if you feel better on the inside, you will be better on the outside.
Improves bone strength
It is generally accepted that as we age our bones can become brittle, damaged and worn out. Whilst there is nothing we can do to stop the process of ageing altogether, there are certain things we can do that delay it as long as possible.
Ensuring you eat a diet that contains all the essential vitamins and minerals will help to strengthen your bones. This makes you much less susceptible to broken bones and damage to joints, which can be quite serious in old age.
Less chance of cardiovascular disorders
Unfortunately, there is far too high an incidence of cardiovascular disorders such as heart attacks and strokes in people over 50. Thankfully, a large amount of this can be controlled and prevented through lifestyle factors. This is where dietary advice like monitoring your cholesterol becomes important – if those arteries are clogged up; they are much more likely to cause a heart attack or a stroke.
By eating a healthy diet, you are ensuring your heart is kept in the best possible condition and thus minimizing your chance of developing a cardiovascular disorder.
Improved cognitive performance
A diet that is rich in certain food such as oily fish will provide you with the nutrients needed to sharpen your mind and ensure your mental functioning stays at its best. Alzheimer’s and Dementia are two diseases that are all too common in old age, and both affect memory and cognition. Research has shown that regularly eating oily fish can actually help to prevent both these diseases.
Improved immune system
A healthy immune system is important to everyone, at any age in life. However, it becomes increasingly important in old age. Even small infections such as the common cold can turn into serious infections if left untreated in older age. A diet that is full of the necessary vitamins and minerals can help to strengthen and support the immune system. When that cold does strike, you are much better prepared to deal with it and your body has the best possible chance to fight off the infection.
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