Every phase of human life is characterized by structural changes in the body and resulting different needs. This applies in particular to the diet.
The ups and downs in our body
As long as we live in the body up and dismantling processes take place. Until about the 35th year of age, the process of building up predominate. The bone mass increases, muscle and fat tissue is built up. The foundation is laid for the body substance, whose composition will remain important until old age. With increasing age, more and more degradation processes come to the fore. As a result, many changes in the body occur during life. Thus, the water content in the body decreases from 60-70% in infancy to 45-50% in old age. Muscle mass and bone mineral content decrease. The body undergoes a natural aging process.
From a medical point of view, the aging process begins at the age of 40. These changes are quite natural and vary in severity with each person. They can even be heavily influenced by their own behavior and lifestyle. If one deliberately deals with the physical changes that occur and the resulting requirements, then one has the opportunity to take active countermeasures, for example through a healthy diet. But what does healthy eating mean? How do I adapt my diet to the requirements of different phases of my life?
Eating - more than just feeding!
Diet has many meanings for us. From a nutritional physiological point of view, we speak of a sufficient and demand-adapted supply of nutrients for the maintenance of all organ functions and health of the body. In practical terms, nutrition means the procurement, preparation and consumption of food. Our era is characterized by an inexhaustible and sometimes inscrutable food supply. From A as pineapple over L as light beer and P as probiotic yogurt to Z as sugar cane syrup everything is available in the supermarket. In this regard, nothing remains to be desired, but sometimes perhaps a certain uncertainty, whether one or the other food also keeps what it promises. But nutrition also means well-being and vitality. It contributes to the social life and quality of life of each individual.
Eating a lot and eating well is a custom of all classes of the population. Increasingly it is fed outside, either because it's best to have a good meal or to walk around the corner after a long day's work, rather than swinging a wooden spoon. According to the nutrition report 2004, a good quarter of the German population eats at least once a day. So diet and lifestyle are closely related. How do I find the way to a healthy diet for myself and my family? And how can I implement the recommendations in my everyday life, which is characterized by hectic rush, stress and acute lack of time?
From youth to old age
In a series of articles we want to show what changes and needs occur in the different phases of life, from youth to old age. We want to show you the possibilities to actively deal with the requirements of the individual stages of life. It is important for us to give you practical tips for implementing the recommendations in your everyday life. Not only do we want to explain to you how important healthy eating is, but also help you bring the right foods to the table.