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Understanding the Importance of Eating Well as You Age

eating well for seniors

A person’s lifestyle plays a huge part in their body’s health, especially as they age. Since food is necessary not just for home health but as a whole, making healthy food choices can definitely influence every aspect of your well-being. One of the best ways to do this is meal planning or at least thinking of a menu that involves nutritious food.

What are some tips for eating foods that are healthy as one ages?

There are several ways to go about this, but a good starting point is the NCOA (National Council on Aging)’s thoughts. Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank, nor should it be left until the twilight years or when living in a hospice in California or elsewhere. 

Before any purchase, make sure to read the label with the nutrition facts on it. Whole foods are typically the most healthy, found in dairy, meat, and produce sections of a grocery. When the food comes in a package, the labels should indicate a low amount of added sugars, sodium, and artificial ingredients.

It’s also key to remain hydrated. The oft-repeated idea of eight glasses of water a day is most certainly in effect here. That aside, coffee and tea are also good options. Small amounts as the day passes can do quite a lot. That said, sugary drinks like soda, powdered juice mixes, and such are best avoided or kept at minimal consumption.

What’s the best way to prepare a healthy meal or menu?

When looking to put together a healthy meal, make sure it has these components:

  • Lean protein (Beans, eggs, lean meats, and seafood)
  • Milk that’s low in fat (including alternatives)
  • Vegetables and fruits (aside from greens, look into reds, oranges, and purples)
  • Whole grains (whole wheat pasta, brown rice)

Make sure the foods are low in salt or sodium but have a high fiber content. Food that is rich in Vitamin D will also play a key role. Look for canned tuna, egg yolks, fortified dairy products, and salmon, to name a few.

Seniors, in particular, will benefit from foods that are ripe with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. A number of them are even considered superfoods, specifically because they play a key role in seniors’ nutrition. Aside from those that add to a person’s lifespan and have anti-aging properties, some foods end up helping with overall brain health. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Strawberries
  • Salmon
  • Quinoa
  • Turmeric
  • Tomatoes
  • Pomegranates
  • Olive Oil
  • Oatmeal
  • Mixed Nuts or Trail Mix
  • Milk
  • Green Kale
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Garlic
  • Fava Beans
  • Eggs
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Butternut Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Blueberries
  • Asparagus
  • Apples

Conclusion

Eating well is crucial as we grow up, but it’s never been more important than when we grow old. Going into seniority or becoming elderly involves a need for food with lots of vitamins and anti-aging properties. Some superfoods include tomatoes, butternut squash, and while it may be surprising to some–even dark chocolate. 

In need of senior health services in California? Contact Bridge Home Health and Hospice today! We are committed to providing the highest quality home-based patient care in an atmosphere of respect for human dignity. 

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