As you get older, you may start to notice changes in your body. You may find, for example, that moving around and accomplishing daily tasks is more challenging than it used to be. This is because, as we age, our metabolisms slow down and our physical strength weakens. Fortunately, eating a healthy and balanced diet combined with some frequent exercise can help keep the senior you love fit and healthy. Let us share with you a few types of foods that you can introduce into the senior you love’s diet.
Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Foods high in this type of fatty acids can help prevent inflammation of the body that can lead to arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids can also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and improve brain health. The fatty acids can be found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel. If your senior loved one is not a big fan of fish, do not worry! Omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in walnuts, flaxseed, and canola oil.
Foods High in Calcium
Calcium is not only beneficial for young, growing children. It is also very important for the health of aging adults. If your body does not receive enough calcium, you may be surprised to know that it will reabsorb some calcium from your bones. This can lead to brittle bones, and eventually, osteoporosis. Luckily, calcium can be found in almost all dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. If your senior loved one is lactose intolerant, soy milk is a healthy alternative option.
Foods High in Fiber
Did you know that, as we age, our digestive system gets slower? Unfortunately, this is true and it can lead to constipation and an increased risk of heart disease. Foods rich in fiber, such as wholegrains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts can help your senior loved one’s digestive tract to digest food properly. This can reduce the risk of heart disease and gastrointestinal issues.
Foods Containing Magnesium
Magnesium is a crucial component of a healthy body. Unfortunately, some medications can prevent your body from absorbing enough magnesium. Eating foods with magnesium like fruits, vegetables, and nuts can help boost your senior loved one’s immune system and strengthen his or her bones.
When it comes to your senior loved one, we know you want them to be healthy and have a high quality of life as possible. Did this article raise questions for you? Do not wait to contact our office for some further guidance on this matter.