Better Nutrition for Senior Citizens

Feb 21, 2014 | Fitness & Nutrition

Proper nutrition is extremely important for senior citizens, as many are undernourished and consume far too few calories. Dietician Elisa Zied offers advice on diet options for senior citizens.

Healthy Nutrition For Seniors

Are you getting the proper nutrition through the foods you eat? Remember the old adage, you are what you eat? Make it your motto. When you choose a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins you’ll feel vibrant and healthy, inside and out.

Live longer and stronger – Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for the long haul. Eating vitamin-rich food boosts immunity and fights illness-causing toxins. A proper diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, cancer, and anemia. Also, eating sensibly means consuming fewer calories and more nutrient-dense foods, keeping weight in check.

Sharpen the mind –The best approach to better nutrition for senior citizens, is having all the key nutrients that are essential for the brain to do its job. People who eat a selection of brightly colored fruit, leafy veggies, and fish and nuts packed with omega-3 fatty acids can improve focus and decrease their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Feel better –Wholesome meals give you more energy and help you look better, that results in higher self-esteem. Better nutrition is all connected—when your body feels good you feel happier inside and out.

Digestion. There is a direct correlation between better nutrition and aging. Due to a slowing digestive system, you generate less saliva and stomach acid as you get older, making it more difficult for your body to process certain vitamins and minerals, such as B12, B6 and folic acid, which are necessary to maintain mental alertness, a keen memory and good circulation. Up your fiber intake and talk to your doctor about possible supplements. Read more

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