40 is the new 20! 40 is when you are just starting. This banner birthday is a big deal in our lives. Our body, metabolism, the way we think and our approach to life in general changes. But that doesn’t mean that we have hit middle age! You can still have Akshay Kumar’s abs, Shah Rukh’s savvy and Aamir’s energy; you just need to do the right thing for your body. And this includes eating healthy, taking fewer drinks, adding physical exercise, getting adequate sleep, and laughing as well. All these together will go a long way to stave off the scourges of obesity, high cholesterol, high BP, diabetes and stress.
Best Foods for Men Over 40
Coming to diet, let’s look at the kind of foods that one must include in their regular diet –
1. Whole Grains
Eating whole grains ensures that you get fiber, plant proteins, vitamins, minerals and a variety of phytochemicals, which will have an immense positive effect on your overall health. The most fabulous nutrient that whole grains provide is fiber, which is known for its positive effect on blood sugar, LDL cholesterol, BP, and weight management. Fiber keeps you full for a longer time, preventing mid-meal binges. It slowly releases glucose into the blood stream, which prevents the blood sugar from spiking, thus reducing the risk of diabetes.
The lactic acid of whole grains encourages the growth of good bacteria, which helps in better digestion, better absorption of nutrients and may also boost the immune system. Have at least three servings (60-90gms) of whole grains daily.
Conversations around food often tend to stick to carbs, antioxidants and fats. We forget to pay heed to proteins. Proteins are present in very cell of our body; half of the body’s proteins are in our muscles and the rest in bones, cartilages and skin. Beans or rajma are one of the healthiest forms of plant proteins. They contains eight of the nine essential amino acids, lacking only in Methionine, which is present in cereals. A combination of the two complement each other and add quality protein to our food.
Both soluble and insoluble fibers in beans protect us against diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors. Its low glyceamic index prevents sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. Proteins help maintain the vitality of the skin and hair as well. Other essential nutrients like Folate, Magnesium, and Thiamine that this wonder bean provides help in maintaining a healthy immune system, boost energy levels, prevent premature greying, anaemia, canker sores, etc. They aid in transporting calcium and potassium in our body in a way that helps our heart and muscles contract and protect against age-related impairment of mental function and senility.