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Fill up your shop­ping bas­ket with oats, yo­gurt, eggs, oily fish (salmon, trout, mack­erel), fruit and veg (es­pe­cially dark green ones), cin­na­mon, nuts, beans and pulses, ad­vises Aveen Ban­non. It is also very im­por­tant to eat reg­u­larly and to spread out your pro­tein in­take over the day, she says. Sarah Keogh would also add in a vi­ta­min D sup­ple­ment. Ir­ish peo­ple re­ally strug­gle to get enough of the sun­shine vi­ta­min but it is es­sen­tial for bone health, nor­mal muscle func­tion and a healthy im­mune sys­tem. A re­cent Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin study from TILDA (The Ir­ish Lon­gi­tu­di­nal Study on Age­ing) found that vi­ta­min D de­fi­ciency is higher among older adults and only 8.5% of the over-50s take a sup­ple­ment. If you are per­i­menopausal or menopausal, women’s health spe­cial­ist Mar­i­lyn Glenville rec­om­mends adding lentils, flaxseeds, chick­peas and soya beans to the diet as they have been shown to re­duce night sweats and hot flushes.

VI­TAL FOODS: Baked salmon gar­nished with as­para­gus and to­ma­toes with herbs.

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