Healthy eating is important at any age, whether you’re eight or 88. But there are certain age-related changes that make having a balanced and healthy diet even more important in your older years. For starters, the metabolism begins to slow, which means your calories requirements naturally go down. There are, however, certain vitamins and nutrients that your body will require more of, which makes it even more crucial to eat in a way that ensures that you’re keeping your nutritional needs met.
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As you advance in age, keep these healthy tips in mind:
- As you make your decisions on what to eat, choose foods that are the most nutrient dense. Eat meals that are balanced to eat the recommended daily servings of grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and dairy products.
- Eat with variety, freshness, and color in mind. Include lean proteins like nuts, seafood, eggs, beans, poultry, and lean meats; fruits and vegetables that are the richest in color; whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain breads, and whole wheat pastas; and low-fat dairy products such as milk, cheeses, and yogurt.
- Eat healthy fats that are rich in omega-3, rather than polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
- Consume significant amounts of foods rich in fiber, vitamin D, and calcium. Salt should be consumed in moderation, as hypertension is an increasing risk as we age.
- Be sure to read nutrition labels to know what’s in your food. The most nutritious foods will show lower amounts of fat, added sugar, and sodium; but the very best items are actually in the meat, dairy, and produce sections of the store, as these are generally the most unprocessed or “whole” foods.
- Eat with your age in mind. The daily caloric needs of an adult change as age increases, so check with a physician to find out what your needs actually are.
- Drink proper amounts of water and fluids throughout the day, but avoid beverages with added sugars and sodium.
Balance your healthy eating with a healthy amount of activity on most days of the week, and try to aim for 30 minutes per day. Try low-impact forms of exercise like swimming, riding a bike, or walking to get your heart pumping, your oxygen flowing, and increase the strength of your muscles and bones.
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