Why age and appetite are inversely proportional?
Have you ever felt that your appetite has become thinner, such as your stomach becoming full quickly or feeling heavy? Age and appetite have a close correlation. From age 50 onwards, many people find it challenging to eat the same amount of food as they used to. Why do such changes occur?
The reason why you eat less is that your body functions change with age. Let’s take a look at what changes happen to age and appetite.
Stomach function declines with age.
As we age, the elasticity of the stomach gradually decreases. Decreased elasticity means the stomach does not expand enough when food comes in, so you can’t store much food at once and cannot eat as before.
In addition, since your stomach can’t resolve foods with much oil well, it causes discomfort, such as feeling heavy in the stomach, and people tend not to like rich foods.
In addition, the peristaltic movement that moves food from the stomach to the small intestine also deteriorates, so digestion takes longer. As a result, food stays in the stomach for a long time, and you don’t get hungry immediately.
If too much food remains in the stomach, hyperacidity (excessive production of stomach acid) can occur.
Reflux esophagitis is one of the health concerns you must be especially careful about from age 50.
As we age, the functions of the esophagus as well as the stomach gradually decline. Compared to other organs, the changes are said to be small. Still, the peristaltic movement that sends food to the stomach weakens. The place connecting the esophagus and the stomach closes due to the weakening of the sphincter muscle. It becomes difficult.
On the other hand, as explained above, the stomach is prone to hyperacidity. As a result, stomach acid can flow back up from the stomach into the esophagus. It is the course of how reflux esophagitis happens. It often causes Nausea and heartburn.
Changes in functions around the mouth
In addition to changes in the stomach and esophagus, functions around the mouth also decline with age. One is a decrease in saliva. When saliva decreases, the inside of the mouth becomes drier, and periodontal disease and stomatitis increase. The pain and discomfort associated with it can make it challenging to eat.
And the chewing power also goes down. Muscle strength for chewing and swallowing weakens, and teeth are lost due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, making eating hard foods and choking difficult.
Then, the taste buds (organs that sense taste) on the tongue atrophy, making it challenging to feel tastes. It makes seasoning stronger for older people. When the ability to discern taste declines, the food you used to eat will no longer taste good, leading to a loss of appetite.
The decline in these functions related to eating is a primary reason age and appetite are inversely proportional. However, at the same time as the diet becomes thinner, people in their 50s and older have a lower metabolism compared to when they were young. You don’t have to worry too much about it because you don’t need as much energy as you did when you were younger.
What to do when you’re hungry
When eating becomes thin, reflux esophagitis is likely to occur, which increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Improving the state of eating less will be a countermeasure to prevent this.
Specifically, one way to do this is to eat foods that are easy to digest, especially those rich in carbohydrates and amino acids (such as low-oil foods, tofu, etc.). It’s easy to eat even after 50 years old, and it’s easy to eat vegetables.
However, people in their 50s and above lose muscle mass, so we recommend actively eating meats such as steaks containing oil. If you can’t eat it anyway, you should take a lot of soy and fish instead of meat.
Soy is a precious source of protein when you don’t feel like eating heavy foods like meat.
Eat less, but still, be well nourished.
As we age, we will inevitably eat less. However, if you don’t eat much, you will become malnourished, leading to the poor physical condition due to muscle weakness and being too thin. You don’t need to eat over the amount you can, but pay attention to the balance and take the necessary nutrition properly.
To make the meal more enjoyable, we recommend eating it with your family and friends and incorporating seasonal ingredients. Let’s continue without overdoing it while making good use of eating out, ready-made foods, and food delivery.
Balance your hormones and recover metabolism and appetite
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Bone health is another critical issue
By the way, bone health is another critical issue for menopause and after menopause, or even for older women. Age and appetite issue will also affect it. You may take less nutrition for bone health when your appetite weaken. A natural supplement may make it up.
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