Posted on Mar 06, 2015
Nutrition Tips for Seniors and In Home Care for Elderly
As we age, the foods we eat can have a greater impact on health, and are very important for resisting illness and encourage faster recuperation times. The better we eat, the better we feel, and this can improve emotional wellness and overall sense of well being.
Eating more whole foods, and cleaner, less processed foods are crucial to benefiting health and helps us to also feel a lot better. Whatever your age, cleaner eating that includes lots of colorful vegetables, lean meats and whole grains will not only help you feel vibrant but will also help ward off chronic illness and will increase energy. The darker the vegetables and the more colorful the fruit, the more benefits for your health are available.
Cleaner eating includes green leafy vegetables, brightly colored fruits and many kinds of nuts that are loaded with important fatty acids that reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and will help to sharpen the mind. Some green teas have also been proven to enhance memory as we age. Fruits provide the daily fiber and many vitamins needed on a daily basis. It is important to eat our vegetables fresh, sautéed or steamed. Boiling removes many nutrients and we lose the benefits.
Calcium intake is very important as we age to prevent osteoporosis. We tend to not drink as much milk as when we were kids; but there are other forms of calcium that can be very beneficial in our diet to avoid possible bone fractures. Dairy foods such as cheese, yogurt, and non-dairy items like almonds, broccoli and kale are excellent sources of calcium.
When it comes to better health and cleaner eating for a healthier lifestyle, it is important to never skip a meal. Some may think skipping a meal will result in weight loss. This usually only leads to poor eating choices later on in the day when we are extremely hungry and will cause the metabolism to slow down. Water intake is also crucial to healthier eating and feeling better. Eight to ten glasses a day are recommended for hydration.
On top of eating better and other nutrition tips for seniors, eating with those we love is also important to health. Cleaner eating with friends and family will help us to feel better both physically and emotionally. When whipping up something delicious for dinner, it always tastes better when sprinkled with love.
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