In the first part of this blog series, we talk about 5 superfoods that are important are suitable for older people, and in this part of this blog, we will discover some more superfoods that might be beneficial for them. The food we consume can positively or negatively impact our health.
Food and how we eat have an impact on our health, and this is why as we grow older, we need to be more conscientious about what we put in our bodies. As we grow older, we need to change our food regimen and introduce more superfoods. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn the importance of superfoods in older people’s diets.
1. Fermented food
Fermented food is the hype nowadays, and now more and ever, people are getting into fermented food. Personally, I grew up in an Indian household in the Bronx, I have been eating most of this fermented food most of my life, but now white people are raving about food we consider as normal in our day-to-day diet.
Fermented foods are food like kimchi, yogurt, or even miso, and they are reigning in the superfood family and are linked to having improved digestive health and are said even to help inflammation. My mom has been making homemade yogurt, and one of our neighbors has been teaching us how to make kimchi for years.
Fermented food is also full of probiotics, which means that they contain bacteria that are good for our gut. I have been eating these without even knowing their impact on my body most of the time. So, be more adventurous with your food and discover new cultures through their cuisine.
We’ve all sat on a toilet at one point or another and chugging a bottle of cranberry juice we bought at a grocery store because we were trying to combat a painful UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Or at least, I can fess up and say that I’ve been in this situation before, and it is never great. But there is so much more to cranberry than just curing UTIs.
Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and are filled with vitamin C, E, and K. Cranberries, just like fermented food, are good for our gut health, but they have different properties. They support our gut health by ensuring that some pesky bacteria don’t adhere to their cells.
If you grew up in an Indian household like me, then you know what turmeric is. My mom would put turmeric in many of her dishes, and I used to think it was to give the dish a yellow color, which turmeric naturally does, but no, turmeric is one of those good superfoods that are good for you no matter your age.
Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa, is a plant native to Asia and has been used in Indian cuisine for a long time and has also been used in traditional medicines. Found mostly in Southeast Asian dishes, it is deeply rooted in Indian/Tamilian culture and ayurvedic medicine. It is known for its medicinal value and its fabulous yellow tint.
It is used in Indian cuisine mainly to flavor curries and gives them that traditional organic yellow color that makes a curry. When dried, it is deep orange-yellow and has a warm and bitter taste with an earthy and mustard-like odor.
Turmeric is a spice that most of us have in our cupboards or at least one that we should have as a person of color. To activate the properties of turmeric, you need to mix it with some sort of fat and black pepper. Whenever I had a cold, my mom would make me turmeric milk or haldi doodh.
Having a balanced diet is an excellent way to stay healthy. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about superfoods.