Elderly Nutrition 101
Seniors, as well as their caregivers, should understand what does proper nutrition in their 60s or 70s implies. Appetite with seniors changes with age, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it gets harder to meet a healthy standard. A diet heavy in nutrients is the key to a long and happy life. Yet, sometimes, you just have to pay attention to 101 factors with elderly nutrition. That is why we made this valuable 15-points list that may help you change your eating habits for the better as a senior.
- The elderly who spend most of their time indoors and maintain their physical activity at a low level will eventually experience vitamin D deficiency.
- Whole-grain foods provide the brain with carbohydrates, which helps seniors maintain a good memory.
- Low glycemic foods (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) prevent diabetes type 2 and are good for the heart.
- Speaking of vegetables, it would be better to eat them cooked rather than raw, but you should definitely include some fresh salad in your meals twice a week.
- Fats are essential for energy, but you should be careful about which fats you are consuming – low or high.
- Healthy fats can be found in vegetable oil, fish, Circle B Ranch Lard and nuts.
- Saturated and trans fat – fast foods, fatty meat, and butter are extremely bad for the heart and may increase the level of cholesterol.
- Proteins are meant to build your muscles and bones which tend to lose density with time if you are not ingesting the right food. This can even lead to serious mobility issues. Beans, fish, and red meat are a great source of protein, even though red meat can be a bit tricky as doctors say.
- Yet, if you are a meat lover, you should include Circle B Ranch pork in your meals from time to time. Our products are free of unnecessary antibiotics and hormones and our hogs are raised 100% on pasture. This makes our meat more succulent and healthier.
- Now that we mentioned vitamin D deficiency and proteins, keep in mind low-dairy products are a great supplementation and are rich in calcium.
- Chips and baked goods are definitely off the list. However, you can have a cheat day once in a while and snack on our healthy nitrite-free products without feeling guilty at all!
- Some elderly may lose the sense of thirst with time. Yet, never underestimate the importance of drinking enough liquids and staying hydrated.
- If you are struggling with high blood pressure, it would be best to avoid salt. However, as this way your food would be completely tasteless, you can add some lemon juice, herbs, spices, or vinegar to improve the flavor.
- Vitamin C is a must in case your immune system has weakened, or if you had an infection or an open wound recently. Eat citruses and peppers, as these will help your organism fight off any viruses and will make your skin stay elastic.
- Malnutrition is not only about eating unhealthy foods – it is related to skipping meals as well. Never skip meals and make it three a day in order to prevent uncontrolled eating during the night.
Adequate nutrition is the key to maintaining vitality and energy. Many seniors lose their functional independence just because of the malnutrition. We highlighted these 15 points of recommended elderly nutrition having the importance of proper nutrition in mind. Yet, we never said you should be obsessed with healthy meals. There is nothing wrong with making an exception two or three times a month.