As we age, the nutritional needs of our body change as well. For some reason, we’re all cognizant of this in the journey from childhood to adulthood—we know that babies need nutritious, non-spicy food and breastmilk, we know that children need calcium, and we know that teenagers need lots of protein to help them grow. However, sometimes, we fail to account for the fact that nutritional needs can change after adulthood as well—that you’re eating habits need to change as your grow older. Here are a few things you might want to look out for if you’re trying to eat healthy as an older person, or are caring for someone who is elderly.
Eat Omega 3 Fatty acids
Usually, these fatty acids are associated with pregnancy, but they’re good for our bodies generally, especially if you’re elderly. Omega 3 fatty acids have been known to prevent heart disease, prevent high cholesterol levels, and even serve as a deterrent for cancer and arthritis.
One of the most pervasive bone disorders in the world right now, especially for women, is osteoporosis. The best way to prevent the onset of this disease, or to manage it, is to ensure that you get enough calcium in your diet.
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration or disorders related to it are especially pervasive amongst the elderly, and it is because they do not consume enough water. Make sure that you get at least eight to ten glasses of water a day for better digestion and overall health
Eat a lot of fiber
As you get older, you might start to get gastro-intestinal problems. Think about it; this system has been working for you for a long time, and it’s bound to be in need of some tender love and care now. The easiest way to take care of your digestive track is to eat plenty of fiber. fiber can normalize stools and stool production, quicken metabolism, and provide essential nutrients for the body. Be sure to include plenty of fiber into any diet meant for the elderly.
Remember, as we grow older, so do our bodies. The way we need to take care of our bodies at sixty is different from the way we took care of our bodies at twenty, and we need to be cognizant of this change. The first step? Good food.