Aging can be hard on a body. However, there’s one way to ensure that our bodies stay healthy and strong long into our senior years – and that’s by focusing on maintaining a healthy diet. Bodies change as they get older and, thus, so do their nutritional needs. Things like a slower metabolism, a decrease in appetite and changes in digestion mean that a proper senior eating plan is a bit different than one from the teenage or middle age years. To stay healthy as we age, it’s important to be aware of the differences that develop at each stage. For more insight on healthy eating as we grow older, keep the following tips in mind.
Eat High Fiber Foods
Fiber is a nutrient that helps us minimize constipation, and it’s found in foods like raw fruits and vegetables. Make sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet – which can not only keep digestive systems on track, but can also help with weight control and lower the risk of heart disease.
Seek Out Calcium
Bones can become brittle and weak as we age; for that reason, seniors need to eat calcium-rich foods on a regular basis. Try seeking out foods like kale, yogurt, broccoli or low-fat cheese. To ensure you’re getting enough calcium to keep bones strong, consider taking a supplement in addition to calcium-rich foods in your diet.
Pay Attention to Serving Size
Since the metabolism slows down as a person ages, weight gain can occur easily during our senior years. Try paying attention to serving size as you work to keep your body weight at a healthy level. To learn more about proper serving sizes for people over 60, you can check out this helpful guide by the American Heart Association.
Choose Whole Grains
When you choose to eat grain-based foods, make sure you opt for choices with whole, not refined, grains. Whole grains help protect your digestive system, and they’re also better for your heart. Some examples of whole grains are brown rice and whole wheat bread.
For seniors seeking more guidance with a healthy eating plan, one good resource is a Caregiver who is knowledgeable about proper nutritional requirements. A caregiver can help you with grocery shopping and the preparing of healthy meals.
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