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Healthy Eating for the Elderly

Posted on April 10, 2017 with 0 comments

Even though you should be eating healthy throughout your life, it becomes that much more important as you grow older. At some point your body begins responding to all that you have been putting into it. By the time you are into your 50s you have some idea of the sort of illnesses that may affect you in the future. It is around this time you get to know if your blood pressure, cholesterol or sugar levels are on the higher side along with the condition of your bones/joints and many others. This is also the time where you need to be very careful about what you eat as it can have a major impact on your health and quality of life.

1) Cardiovascular Diseases

Heart diseases and other cardiovascular conditions are some of the most common threats faced by the elderly due to an inactive lifestyle and poor diet.

Those that are at risk of cardiovascular diseases should have high amounts of polyunsaturated fats (such as fish, corn oil, walnuts) and unsaturated fats (like avocados, natural peanut butter, and sardines). When you add these foods to your diet you need to remember that they are healthy but they have a content of calories so they need to be eaten in moderation.

Senior that have high blood pressure need to lower the amount of salt they use on their food, high intake of salt will further raise their blood pressure and can cause heart attacks. However, you should note that you can’t stop consuming salt altogether as it would lead to Hypothermia that deteriorates your mental state and lead to nausea and even seizures.

2) Cancer

Many types of cancer can be avoided by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating the right foods.

Consuming a diet rich in plant-based foods reduces your chances of developing cancer significantly. Plant-based foods boost your immune system enabling it to protect your body against cancerous cells. Plant-based foods are rich in anti-oxidants like beta-carotene, vitamins A and vitamin C aid the body in eliminating toxins and free-radicals which can cause cancer.

3) Osteoporosis

Senior adults tend to fall a lot and their weak bones and joints make them susceptible to fractures and broken bones. Your bones are bound to wear down with time but having around 500g of calcium every day and having a good amount of Vitamin D will reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis and fortify your bones. Adults also need to make sure they are getting enough sunlight as well.

4) Dental Diseases

If you think that your teeth falling off is a natural sign of aging then you are wrong. The wearing away of your teeth has nothing to do with aging at all. The strength of your teeth is totally reliant on how well you look after them.

By limiting your consumption of acidic and sugary foods while looking after your teeth properly you should be able to prevent Caries (the decay and wearing off of teeth). Leaving an acidic environment in your mouth allows for plague to breed causing gingivitis and periodontists. Periodontists isn’t reversible, it damages the bone and tissue that hold the teeth, causing them to fall off. Crunchy foods such as apples and carrots can serve as a cleansing mechanism in your mouth while vitamin rich foods strengthen your enamel.
Either way, no matter what you eat and drink you need to brush and floss regularly.

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