As we age, our body goes through changes. One thing that we need to maintain is proper nutrition if we want to keep the body going as long as possible. As a senior, eating foods with proper nutrition is important.
The golden years are supposed to be the best time of your life. You have retired from the world of work and enjoyment lies ahead. So, why do many seniors spend less than wonderful times enjoying their latter years?
Eating right can’t be stressed enough for everyone. When you are younger, the body can bounce back from poor choices but that gets harder as we age. You begin to see just how crucial the right fuel is for your body.
Here are some tips for senior citizens who want to be at their best all the time.
- Mental focus – Eating green leafy veggies and cruciferous veggies (cauliflower and broccoli) are good for brain power. Taking in as many omega-3 fatty acids as you can also helps improve mental focus and the health of nerve cells.
- Improved mood – Wholesome foods improve your wellbeing. Having constipation or other bowel problems can lead to irritability. Eating whole grains can flush the digestive system and remove toxins that build up over time.
- Eat to stop cravings – When we eat too much sugar it simply triggers a need for more sugar. That can lead to obesity. As we all know, fat is harder to lose as we age and can lead to health problems like diabetes, metabolic syndrome and joint pain from extra weight. Eating whole grains and protein in the morning lowers cravings and keeps the blood sugar steady throughout the day for energy and less snacking.
- Eat wholesome foods – Natural foods are the best. They contain fewer preservatives and are full of nutrients. When we consume too many processed foods, the body becomes nutrient-deprived. Try fresh fruits, dried fruits, vegetables (fresh or frozen), whole grains (quinoa, millet, barley, oats, etc.), nuts, beans and healthy oils. You will also notice the natural flavor of foods when you eat them fresh.
- Take a multivitamin – It is hard to get all of your nutrients each day. A multivitamin helps to boost the levels of certain vitamins and minerals in your body. Ones that seniors often are deficient in include calcium, vitamin D and B vitamins.
- Drink plenty of water – Taking many medications can sometimes deplete your internal water supply. Drinking water aids in digestion, fat loss and absorption of necessary minerals. It also improves skin plumpness and overall appearance.
Seniors can fight the effects of aging with nutrition. Staying healthy is the key to living longer, staying independent and enjoying life. If your diet is deficient, make some changes today for a better future.