Healthy Eating for Seniors

Paying attention to diet is one thing that seniors need to do. Healthy eating for seniors is a very important part of their lives. Here are some tips for healthy eating for seniors.

Water

Seniors should drink more water as they can get dehydrated and not know it. Water can help move food though the digestive and eliminate constipation problems which can be a common occurrence with seniors due to the fact that they don’t drink enough water. During the summer months when it’s hot more water should be consumed to avoid dehydration of dangerous heat stroke. Drinking enough water is critical to the health of seniors.

Fruits and Vegetables

A diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables is ideal for seniors as this gives them adequate vitamins and minerals as well as the fiber that they need to digest food properly. Seniors that have problems with chewing may need vegetables that are cooked well to aid them in breaking the food apart.

Less Food

Many seniors loose appetite and usually don’t need to consume as much food. Medications can also reduce appetite and even upset the stomach in some cases. It’s often necessary to modify the diet to meet the needs of the senior. A nutritionist can help design the right meal plan for nay senior. Some foods they ate in the past may now upset their stomach as the body changes when we grow older. Eating less may also increase weigh loss so a proper balance of nutrients must be maintained for the senior.

Sodium

Most seniors should reduce sodium intake as this can lead to high blood pressure. Many packaged foods contain far too much sodium so the bulk of the senior’s diet needs to be fresh foods that they can easily digest.

Whole Grains

Seniors should consume more high fiber whole grains and avoid white flour based products. The whole grains help aid in digestion and make the elimination of wastes easier for the senior.

Calcium

Seniors have bone loss and it’s necessary to eat foods high in calcium to maintain bone health. Often a supplement is required which can help reduce the chances of osteoporosis occurring in the senior.

 

 

Protein

Seniors should eat lean protein such as chicken, fish, pork and other products, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes can also provide a good source of protein. Saturated fats should be reduced as these can impact heart health.

Ideal Diet

There’s no one ideal diet when it comes to healthy eating for seniors. This is because each senior has different needs and requirements when it comes to nutrition. In general more natural foods should be consumed and processed food should be reduced or eliminated altogether.  Water should be the main beverage of choice as this helps with hydration of the body and the elimination of wastes. Health issues can impact what food is consumed. A nutritionist will be better able to determine the needs of a senior and design the right plan for the individual.

 

October 10, 2012 in Senior Care

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