What we eat and put into our bodies plays a huge role in our overall health and wellbeing. However, as we age, our senses dull and require more simulation to be triggered. This means that our sense of smell, which is very connected to your sense of taste, is less sensitive as you age. This can lead to a lack of appetite in seniors which can affect your overall health.
To ensure that you are getting all of the proper nutrients and vitamins that your body needs as it ages, try filling your diet with some of these foods:
Omega-3 fatty acids are good for people of all ages. They help prevent everything from cancer and heart disease to arthritis and inflammation. There is also research that shows they can slow down the progression of macular degeneration and might reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
You can find Omega-3 fatty acids in fish, mainly sardines, tuna and salmon. They can also be found in flaxseed, soybeans and walnuts.
Calcium helps the body build and maintain healthy bones. It has even been linked to lower blood pressure. Calcium is so essential to your bones that if your diet doesn’t provide enough calcium, your body may attempt to reabsorb it from your bones making your bones brittle and prone to fractures and breaks.
The World Health Organization recommends that adults over the age of 50 take in 1200 mg of calcium each day. That’s about 4 cups of milk, soy or almond milk, or orange juice.
With age comes a slower digestive system. Our gastrointestinal walls thicken causing slowdown and leading to constipation. Adding foods that are high in fiber are imperative to helping combat this digestive slowdown.
Adding foods like nuts, wholegrain cereals, brown rice, fruits, vegetables and whole grain pastas can all help increase your fiber intake.
Hydration is one of the most important factors in a senior’s health. It can help prevent kidney issues, diabetes, heart issues… the list is long. Seniors should ensure they are drinking at least eight 8oz glasses of water each day. If you are having trouble getting enough water, try adding flavor enhancers or infuse your water with fruits and herbs to make it taste better.