Nutrition plays an important roll in the aging process.
Age is simply a measurement of the time we individuals have existed on this earth. We all age, that is inevitable. Some of us age better than others. Obviously, some of us live longer than others. Some of us live better than others and some of us have a better quality of life than others.
Genetics are key to explaining some of this, but we really should take responsibility for some of our outcomes.
As we age, we become more susceptible to such things as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis and dementia. Medical research has shown that proper nutrition and exercise can slow down and even prevent many of these ailments.
It is estimated that nearly one half of all health problems in the elderly are directly related to poor nutrition. Elderly people who are poorly nourished may be struggling with a sense of taste or smell, may find it harder to chew, or they just don’t feel hungry.
In some cases, financial reasons may affect the food choices made or it may be harder to get out and shop for food due to various physical factors. To add to this, as you get older your body may not even absorb nutrients from food as well as it could when you were younger. Sometimes supplementing with vitamins and minerals can helpful.
Here are a few things that you can do to plan for better nutrition in your diet and a healthier life as you get older:
Plan out regular meals for each day and try to include vegetables in at least 2 of them every day. If you must snack, use fruits and vegetables rather than junk food like potato chips and candy.
If you have problems chewing meat, try going with things like fish and ground meats. Also try to eat more soups as they can have plenty of nutrition in them and they are great choices if you are on a budget.
Make meals more interesting by inviting a friend to lunch or dinner occasionally. Eating alone can get lonely and having someone over might entice you to get more creative with meals.
One thing you can do to ensure that you’ll be getting better nutrition is to make each plate colorful. Different color vegetables generally contain different nutrients so the idea here is, mix it up.
Growing old may be inevitable but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow old gracefully and healthier with a steady diet of proper nutrition, you can maintain better health well into your golden years.