Healthy eating for older people
Up against the gym changing room lockers leans a sprightly elderly woman. How does she do it, you may ask. The answer is simple, she followed some basic tips for healthy eating for elderly people. You could be the fit elderly person that the younger generation aspire to. Obviously, older people are physically different to the rest of the population. You may require additional nutrients due to various conditions, or they may be limited to certain exercises due to arthritis. The point is, you can do it. It is possible!
Firstly, you should cut down on saturated fat- which can lead to bouts of heart disease. You should also consider upping your fibre intake in order to relieve bowel problems and constipation. You will also need to take in a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and wholegrains in order to gain as much energy as you can. It is advisable to take vitamin supplements along with this in order to aid the process.
Water is the key to staying healthy. Dehydration is much more likely to occur in older people because the kidneys function less efficiently. It doesn’t have to be water all the time- you can drink tea, juice and squash!
Basic foods to keep in your cupboards include: cereals, oatcakes soup, pickles, sardines and corned beef. You can store these for a long time…so get stocking up!
It is important to have lots of vitamin C, vitamin D and calcium-rich foods in order to maintain healthy teeth, bones and hair. Iron is essential for an elderly person’s health as anaemia is very common. Eat foods such as cereals, dried fruit, pulses and green leafy vegetables to keep your iron levels up. Zinc will help you strengthen your immune system and help speed up recovery process for wounds. Foods rich in zinc include meat, pulses, wholemeal bread and shellfish.
So, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Go on then, get fit!
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