Nutrition Tips for Seniors

As we age, it is important to pay attention to our nutrition. Eating is just as important at this stage as any other in your life. If you are a senior, find out how nutrition may help you live a longer, more satisfied life.

The body is a machine. When given the proper fuel, it will run beautifully. Over time, the components needed to keep the machine in good condition may change. Learning how to keep your body in good running order in the senior years can change your life.

Seniors often have problems with eating habits. Whether from emotional or physical causes, the quality and frequency of eating may decline. Emotionally, you may feel isolated especially if you have to leave your home. Friends and family move away to live their lives and you are left behind. Illness can keep you from participating in activities you once enjoyed, resulting in depression.

There are ways to combat these eating issues. Let’s begin with eating regularly. The reasons above may contribute to a loss of appetite. Another reason is medication. We don’t often think about it, but prescribed medications carry side effects, one of which can be loss of appetite.

* If you aren’t feeling much like eating, tease your palate. Create meals that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the taste buds. Include brightly colored ingredients that are flavorful. Instead of using salt to bring life into your food, use flavored oils, vinegars and spices like ginger, nutmeg, turmeric and garlic powder. Salt may increase your blood pressure.

* You could be one of those people who just do not like to eat a lot. For you, concentrate on eating nutrient-dense foods. These are foods that do double and sometimes triple duty. Instead of eating one food because it contains whole grain, choose a food that contains carbohydrates, protein, important vitamins and minerals. Reducing your food intake doesn’t mean you have to reduce your nutrient intake.

* Digestion can be a problem for seniors. It is harder to eat certain foods without turning your stomach upside down. Eating plenty of fiber can help regulate your digestive system by preventing constipation. Staying away from fast foods and high-fat ones may also calm your stomach down. Drinking lots of water flushes out toxins in your system that can affect the way your body uses food.

* Enjoy a meal with a friend or family member. If you are feeling lonely, invite them over to break the monotony. At your home, you can be assured that the meal will contain the nutritional value that is right for you.

Getting older can bring with it a host of lifestyle and emotional changes. Face these changes with a healthy outlook brought on by a healthy diet.