You already know that a nutritious diet leads to weight loss or maintenance, but the benefits go beyond numbers on a scale. As a senior, the right foods can do so much good to your body and mind. You may think it’s too late for proper nutrition to make a difference, but improving your diet allows you to reap the following rewards.
- It Reduces the Likelihood of Disease
Laughter may be the best medicine, but a balanced diet is the best preventive measure against sickness. Fruits and vegetables contain powerful nutrients that can greatly lower your chances of developing diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. If you already have a medical issue, following the recommended nutrition plan can manage, reduce, or in some cases even cure the illness.
- It Protects Your Heart
What you eat affects the performance of your heart. Healthy foods, such as those high in potassium or fiber, keep you at normal ranges for blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- It Improves Cognitive Performance
It’s no secret that age decreases cognitive ability. Nutritious food can boost memory, focus, and problem-solving. Avoid saturated and trans fats and increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B for the greatest benefits.
- It Gives You More Energy
Eating right gives your body the necessary fuel to function optimally and feel energetic. Food affects your quality of sleep, too, and getting restful sleep will also lead to you having more energy.
- It Lifts Your Mood
Food also has an impact on your mental health. Your gastrointestinal tract produces almost all your body’s serotonin, a chemical messenger that plays a role in your moods. Therefore, a gut full of good bacteria and that works properly results in balanced emotions.
What Foods Should Seniors Eat?
A healthy diet is only helpful if you know what food it comprises. For seniors, it should include:
- Blueberries: They contain antioxidants and manganese. Eat them as a snack or in oatmeal, cereal, and salad.
- Greek yogurt: Get your calcium and protein in low-fat, low-sugar Greek yogurt. You can add in fruit, put it in smoothies, or use it as a substitute for sour cream.
- Greens: Dark leafy greens, broccoli, and asparagus are good choices and easy to prepare.
- Quinoa: A complete protein, quinoa is also gluten free and packed with vitamins and minerals. It can be serve as a dinner side or a hot cereal for breakfast.
For more nutritious food and ways to include it in your daily eating, the professional caregivers at Home Helpers of Walnutport can offer guidance. Learn more about the other caregiving services we provide.