I saw a very interesting segment on the Today Show the other day about women's health through the decades. It talked about what happens to your body during each decade of your life and what you can do to fix it. Now trust me I am not the expert on good health here being that my diet consists mostly of Diet Coke and candy, but this for some reason caught my attention. What they said to add to your diet didn't surprise me but why you needed it was news to me. So here's the basic jist of it...
20's - Folic Acid of course. This was not a surprise to me because this is the decade where most women are having babies. Also many women in this decade are iron deficient.
30's - Calcium. Now we've all been warned of Osteoporosis, but did you know that this is the last decade that your body actually makes new bone? I did not know that. So this is basically your last chance to build some good bones. Also eat food rich in Vitamin B6 because the birth control pill actually absorbs this.
40's - High Fiber, Low Fat, Protein Diet. After you reach 40, your body automatically starts losing 1-2% of muscle mass per year. The only way to slow this down is to add a muscle building program to your workout and lower the fat. Here's link on 5 foods to maximize your muscle power. Heart Disease is another common concern so the high-fiber helps this.