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Friday, March 15, 2019

5 Nutrition Tips for Seniors

March is National Nutrition Month, and while everyone can benefit from eating healthy foods, seniors are particularly affected by their food choices.

A poor diet can disproportionately weaken the immune system of seniors, causing fragile bones, tooth decay, and even decreased brain function. On the other hand, a nutritious diet packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fiber can help boost immune defenses and alleviate common senior concerns like constipation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. A proper diet is also necessary to maintain a healthy body weight and elevate energy levels.

In view of the fact that nutrition is so important, it is imperative to incorporate healthy food habits into a senior’s everyday life. Here are five suggestions:

1. Buy healthy foods
It may sound obvious, but we are surrounded by food that is quick, easy, and processed. One rule of thumb is that if a food item cannot be found in nature, then it is probably not the best choice. According to the National Council on Aging, a healthy meal should consist of a lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

2. Consider the ingredients you use
Ingredients are not just for cooking recipes, but also for grocery shopping and ordering food. Packaged food items are usually required to list their contents, which can sometimes contradict their “healthy” marketing. When ordering food, it is perfectly acceptable to ask what is in a menu item when your health is at stake.

3. Plan your meals
One of the best ways to increase the nutritional value of meals is to meal-plan. Once you have healthy options to choose from, planning meals in advance can help establish beneficial eating habits. It is also a great way to experiment, develop favorite dishes, and save money.

4. Stay hydrated
Drinking enough fluids is very important, although it is not typically considered part of a “diet.” In truth, hydration goes hand-in-hand with nutrition and a senior’s overall health. Drinking plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty, is key. 

5. Consider using supplements
While food supplements are not a substitute for healthy eating, they can be the perfect complement. Seniors should consult their doctors about which supplements might work best for them.

These are just five suggestions of ways to incorporate healthy eating habits into a senior’s everyday life. If you have questions or are in need of further advice, do not wait to reach out to us.

Reginald A. Rhodes, JD, LL.M. has an office in Dothan, AL and serves clients nationwide.

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