Our body metabolism changes with increasing age. This means that as we grow older, right from childhood to adulthood, the way our body converts what we eat and what we drink into energy (metabolic process) changes. Thus, metabolism is an essential body process in sustaining life. According to the Women's Health Organisation (WHO), our body metabolic rate peaks in our early 20s due to the high muscle mass and high activity of the cells and organs. But after age 30, especially in our 60s, our body starts to decline as our internal components age, muscle mass decreases, and cells and organs become less and less active. This means that we become less energetic with increasing age.
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Nutrition(food) is a key to metabolism. This means that metabolism requires nutrition for its process to occur. However, should we eat any type of food? Especially with increasing age? No. Nutrition needs changes with increasing age. This means that, at an older age, we need not eat only a variety of foods but a variety of healthy foods, especially to get the essential nutrients required to improve our metabolism.
Meanwhile, our body metabolism is reflected in our major organ systems such as the liver, thyroid gland, adrenals, pituitary glands, and the fats and muscles in our body which regulate how we store, burn, and lose weight. Thus, it's essential to soothe the adrenals, maximise the thyroid and pituitary functions, promote liver functions, and boost your fat balance by eating healthy foods to improve our body metabolism as grow older.
1. Beans and legumes
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Peas, lentils, black beans, peanuts, and chickpeas are high in proteins and fibres which help the body to burn calories and promote good bacteria living in the large intestine, all of which support a healthy metabolism. These friendly bacteria in the large intestine produce short-chain fatty acids that may help the body store energy and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Hence, these foods should be regularly consumed by people in their 60s to strengthen and improve their metabolism.
2. Protein-rich foods
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The protein-rich foods that are recommended are nuts(almonds), oily fishes(salmon and sardine), and seed(sunflower seed, chia seed, and flaxseed) for people in their 60s. This is because they are high in protein, fibre, vitamin B, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids that boost the metabolic process by improving digestion, absorption, and storage of energy in the body.
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Ginger tea and green tea are highly recommended to improve metabolism in an ageing body, especially for people in their 60s and above. This is because green tea contains catechin, a health-boosting compound that may work with caffeine to boost metabolic rate. Research shows that ginger tea contains properties that significantly help to reduce weight, increase good cholesterol levels, and boost calories expenditure in the body, all of which boost the body's metabolism.
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