5 Diet Tips to Help Seniors Stay Healthy
For seniors, a healthy diet means so much more to their well-being than that of a teenage kid. Because of their age and the risks that come along with it, it’s very important to practice a nutritional diet that can prevent those risks from turning into something of great concern. A great diet can help with their memory, energy levels, ability to fight off illnesses, and just overall attitude. If you have a loved one who you believe needs to focus more on having a better diet, you still have some time!
Don’t let your loved one get trapped in the assumption that they’ll have to completely change what they eat. Unless he or she is eating McDonald’s every day, the diet will merely add healthy elements as well as decrease the amount of intake they have of the not-so-healthy food, but they’ll still be able to have their favorite foods every ones in a while.
We’ve put together a few tips to get the diet on the right track:
Fruits and Veggies
This one may seem obvious, but we find that many seniors still avoid the fruits and vegetables, just like they did when they were kids! They’ll need to incorporate this back into their eating regimen, ones that are high in fiber and vitamins. Juices can temporarily replace the fruit but the level of nutrients just isn’t the same. For veggies, the darker the green the better; so introduce them to kale, have them eat some spinach and broccoli, along with some other colorful ones.
We all know that one of the most common health problems we run into as we age is the fragility of our bones. And we’ve all heard about the importance of calcium for our bones, but as we get older we seem to neglect that notion. Conditions like Osteoporosis and brittle bones are common in seniors, so making sure that your loved one gets the calcium they need is extremely important. Other than the usual dairy products, foods like almonds and kale provide a great source of calcium.
Grains and Proteins
The best thing a senior can do is minimize their carbs and replace them with whole grains instead. This provides them with the fiber they need. Most of the everyday foods such as pasta, bread, chips, etc. all come with a whole grains option.
Proteins can be the most important facet of a senior’s diet. Make sure that your loved one is getting enough of it, whether it’s through eating some tuna, other fish, nuts, miles, eggs, or some kind of meat with little fat such as chicken.
Sodium is bad for us no matter our age, and unfortunately it can be found in some of the most common foods. The negative effects of it include dehydration and high blood pressure, both of which put seniors at high risk. Before you purchase something be sure to check the ingredients, see how much sodium it has and be sure to look at the percentage of daily intake it has. If it seems like too much, then put it down!
Keep an eye out for the secret sugars
Many of us make the mistake of assuming that if the amount of sugar listed in the ingredients is small, then there must not be that much in the product, but sometimes that’s not the case. There are many other ingredients that play a huge part in adding sugar that aren’t included in the nutritional chart. Look for words such as corn syrup, fructose, and dextrose, just to name a few. You can help avoid these if you stick to buying fresh fruit and vegetables.
Changing your loved one’s diet so that it includes all of these tips can positively affect their bodies in numerous ways, and they’ll decrease their chances of having problems with metabolism, memory, and other unfortunate illnesses.
For more tips on adjusting your loved one’s diet, contact Cariloop today and we can put you in contact with some professionals that take care of seniors every day!