It’s no secret to most that life expectancy has much improved over the last 100 years. An American born in 1900 could expect to live 47 years, on average. An American born in 2014 could expect to live 79 years. That is 32 extra years of life in just 114 years! But the good news doesn’t end there. In 1950, an American reaching the age of 65 could expect to live 14 more years to 79.
In 2014, reaching the age of 65 means an expected 19 more years of quality life. So how did we get here?
Improvements in health care and living conditions have played a big role, but it is also widely accepted that increasing access to healthy, affordable foods has had a significant impact, especially in senior health. A healthy diet has been linked not just to a longer life but a better life.
Eating healthy has numerous benefits.
- A good diet can boost you immunity helping you fight off everything from the common cold to deadly diseases.
- The right food choices can help improve your stamina allowing you to enjoy more of life. Some foods can help brain function keeping your mind sharp.
- A healthy diet has even been shown to lift your mood and increase self-esteem.
The important thing is to choose the right foods. Foods rich in the good stuff – antioxidants, calcium, vitamins, protein, healthy fats and fiber. To that end, these five foods will help you live healthier, better and longer. They may help make your senior years your best years.
Keeping these five items in mind while working on your diet can truly improve your health. Overall, maintaining a healthy balance within your diet is the key to success!
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