Dietary Issues With Aging

More than 30% of seniors are dehydrated. Studies suggest that seniors should drink 8 glasses of water each day. This can be achieved through the intake of juice, soups and other liquids. Individuals over 60 need more calcium, vitamin D and B-12 than those who are younger. Our bodies need fewer calories as we age, but we also need more protein, calcium and other nutrients. These needs can be met through dietary changes or supplements. Talk with your doctor before taking the action steps that are right for you.

Additional Dietary Tips

  • Healthy eating habits need to be maintained in terms of both diet and schedule. Meals should not be skipped.
  • More colorful plates are often healthier plates. Eat many different colors and types of fruits and vegetables.
  • High-fiber foods like bread, vegetables and fruits are recommended to prevent disease.
  •  Foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D increase nutrition and bone strength.
  • Diets should be modified to include less calories and fat. Perfect snacks are small portions of pre-cut vegetables, crackers and peanut butter.
  • Too much sodium can be detrimental.
       *  Canned or processed foods contain lots of sodium and should be avoided.
       *  Herbs, lemon juice, or spices add flavor as an alternative to salt.
  • Fiber, which can prevent stomach problems and lower cholesterol, should be gained from food rather than dietary supplements.
      * Cooked dry beans, peas, and lentils are high fiber.
      *  Whole grain breads and cereals provide more fiber and health benefits than non-whole grain.
      *  Plenty of liquid keeps fiber moving through the intestines.
  • Water or water-based drinks like tea, coffee, juice or soup should be consumed regularly for hydration.

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