We're all getting older. This is an unavoidable fact. However, many of the negative changes that occur in our bodies are not.
Heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and arthritis all grow more common as we become older. Medical research has shown, however, that good nutrition can help to slow down and even prevent many of these diseases.
Poor nutrition is thought to be responsible for about half of all health problems in the elderly. The elderly are, by far, the most malnourished people on the planet. Some of the reasons behind this are that as you get older, your perception of taste and smell diminishes, chewing becomes more difficult, and you simply don't feel hungry.
Financial considerations may influence eating choices, and it may be more difficult to get out and shop for food due to various physical factors. Furthermore, as you age, your body may be unable to absorb certain of the nutrients from food as effectively as it did when you were younger. A decent multivitamin (ideally in liquid form) may be able to help offset this in some circumstances. Your doctor can assist you in locating one that is appropriate for you.
Here are a few things you can do as you become older to plan for better nutrition in your diet and a happier life:
Plan up your daily meals and make sure to incorporate vegetables in at least two of them. If you must snack, choose fruits and vegetables over unhealthy foods such as potato chips and candies.
If you have trouble chewing meat, fish and ground meats are good options. Also, aim to eat more soups because they can provide a lot of nutrition and are fantastic budget-friendly options.
Invite a friend to lunch or supper once in a while to spice up your meals. It might get dull to eat alone all of the time, and having someone around can encourage you to be more creative with your meals than you might be if you were dining alone.
Making each meal colourful is one way to assure that you'll be getting better nutrition. For example, different coloured veggies contain different nutrients, thus the aim is to mix it up.
Growing old is unavoidable, but it doesn't mean you can't age gracefully and healthier, and you can keep improved health far into your golden years with a consistent diet of good nutrition.
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