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Healthy Food Options For Seniors

Jun 3, 2015 by Anonymous

As we age, it becomes essential to pay attention to the nutrients that our body needs to stay active and healthy while bypassing the foods that have detrimental effects. With changing nutritional needs and slowing metabolism, seniors can stay in optimal health by understanding what foods are best for helping them maintain an active lifestyle. By making smart meal planning decisions, seniors can enjoy a high quality of life.

Stay hydrated.

Drinking water is important in every stage of life, but it becomes even more vital as we age. Some of the changes that we experience involve our digestive system. Our digestion and metabolism slows, and less digestive fluids are created. As a result, it can become more difficult to process certain foods and get maximum benefits from the vitamins and minerals we take in. Drinking plenty of water helps our digestive system work smoothly in addition to the many other great benefits of hydration.

Consume less.

Slowing metabolism also means that seniors must adjust their diet to consume less calories in order to maintain a healthy weight. You may need to cut your daily caloric intake by 200-300 calories, depending upon your activity level. Replacing some higher calorie foods with fresh fruits and vegetables will help you meet this goal while eating the foods that are best for you.

Check medications.

 Whenever you begin taking a new prescription, you should thoroughly read the medicine’s information regarding side effects and interaction possibilities. Some food and drink do not mix well with certain medications, and you should be aware of the combinations to avoid. Even if not included in prescription warnings, you may find that you crave different foods or that others do not taste good to you when taking different medications.

B12 and Calcium

Two essential minerals that your body needs more of as we age are B12 and Calcium. Because of the changes in your digestive system, B12 is absorbed at a lower rate. This means that you need to eat more of it in order to get what you need. Fish and fortified cereal are the best sources of B12. It is also important in increase your intake of calcium as the threat of osteoporosis increases. Protect your bone health with plenty of dairy products.

Go green.

Fruits and vegetables are great to eat at every age, but the vital nutrients that they contain are even more essential as we age. Fiber, vitamins, and minerals contained in a variety of fruits and vegetables help with many aspects of our health from aiding healthy digestion to preventing degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Your goal should be to fill half of your plate at each meal with fruit and vegetables.

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