In celebration of World Food Day, a holiday promoting the significance of family farming in order to eradicate hunger, encourage healthy diets, and achieve sustainable development, LivHOME would like to present a healthy diet sure to keep your senior able-bodied. A healthy diet keeps the heart pumping, the mind limber, and the body feeling fresh. It’s very tempting to take shortcuts when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but planning your meals can have many benefits.
Fruits and Vegetables – Focus on the old saying, “you are what you eat.” Don’t you want to be vibrant? Mix and match those colorful fruits and vegetables. When it comes to fruit, don’t stick with juices only. Focus on serving the whole fruit, because it’s an excellent source of fiber. For vegetables, select those dark green leafy vegetables to get a healthy dose of antioxidants to lower your risk of heart disease and various neurological disease.
Healthy Fats – Fats are important. They help you burn energy when you have nothing left in the tank. However, too many fats can lead to high cholesterol and an array of heart complications. That’s why it’s important to include a lot of healthy fats in your diet. Try adding seeds, avocados, and fish to your meals. This will keep you fueled and your arteries clear.
Reduce Sodium – Sodium, or in layman’s term’s ‘salt,’ is a water retention that amplifies dehydration and a greater risk for high blood pressure. It’s important to find foods that are low in sodium. Try to stay away from prepackaged and canned foods as salt is often hidden in them. According to the UCSF Medical Center, the average American eats 5 or more teaspoons of salt a day, which is 20 times the normal amount.
Calcium – Osteoporosis is a serious disease that greatly affects the elderly. It reduces bone density and makes seniors more susceptible to broken bones and fractures. In order to combat osteoporosis, your senior needs to include more calcium in their diet( 1,200 mg to be exact). Milk is a great source, as well as cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products. However, if your senior has a dairy allergy or is lactose intolerant, there are other several non-dairy ways to get their calcium. Tofu, broccoli, almonds, and kale are also exceptional means of calcium.
These are just a few tips and suggestions for World Food Day! Aging healthy is tough to do. Our bodies’ go through drastic changes as we age, however with the dietary knowledge we have now, we can age in the best way possible.
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