March is known as National Nutrition Month. It’s an informational 31-day observance dedicated to making sure people eat the right amount of nutrients to stay healthy. It’s no mystery that as you age, your body needs less energy. However, that does not mean the body needs less nutrients. In fact, it’s important as ever to keep up with that healthy eating lifestyle in order to age happily and healthy. Here is a list of important foods to do just that!
When at the grocery store shopping with your senior loved one, try to pick out the most colorful fruits on the stands. The brighter they are, the more vitamins and antioxidants they have. Antioxidants are important in a senior’s diet, because they boost the immune system which ultimately keeps your senior healthy for longer!
Look for those red peppers, bright bananas, and dark blackberries. These are the fruits that hold all of those wonderful nutrients in their colorful complexion.
Osteoporosis is a common disease that affects many older adults. Specifically, it affects their bones, making them weak and frail. That’s why dairy products should be incorporated into their diets. Milk contains plenty of calcium to ward off any adverse effects to your elderly loved one’s bones. Three glasses of milk a day should be enough calcium to keep them healthy. It’s also a great source of Vitamin D, which gets harder to absorb via the sun as you age.
Low-fat yogurt is another healthy dairy snack that’s great for you and your senior loved one. You can even cut up some of the vibrant fruits and place them in there. It’s a delicious treat that’s sure to tickle the tastebuds and keep everyone healthy and satisfied.
Looking for a good source of fiber for your senior’s diet? Try incorporating more whole grain products into their meals. Oatmeal in the morning is a good start. The key is to not load them up on empty carbs. Try to buy whole grain bread rather than white bread. It contains much more fiber and is less processed. It also includes more Vitamin B which helps with cells metabolism for more energy during the day.
Protein is tricky. You can find it in nuts and beans, but mostly in meats. However, a lot of meats contain saturated fats which result in high cholesterol. It’s important to find lean meats that don’t contain a lot of saturated fats. Fish is a good start. Fish also contains Omega 3’s also known as “healthy fats.” Omega 3’s can curb stiffness and joint pains when it comes to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Additionally, they’ve been linked to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Unfortunately, there have not been enough studies done to prove such a thesis, nevertheless they are still very good for your senior’s diet.
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