05 Apr These Foods Help Decrease the Effects of Aging
Let’s face it, aging is inevitable. Whether you like it or not, you cannot stop the process, but you can delay it with smart food choices. Would you believe that there are actually foods that help to slow down the aging process? Well, there are and we are going to introduce you to them as well as provide a few tips on cleaning up your diet.
Diet for Seniors
Your appearance and the functioning of different organs of your body will start changing as you age. Your body will take longer to digest meals. Moreover, your water consumption might be less as you will not feel as thirsty as in your younger days. You may also have difficulty chewing. It is best to consult your doctor in Fountain Valley to discuss your age-related problems. Your doctor and nutritionist can help you to decide what dietary changes need to be made to accommodate your older stage of life.
What is a healthy diet?
A healthy diet is a combination of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, healthy fats, less salt, and low-fat dairy. Water will also play an important role. Your body is made of mostly water. You can imagine what will happen if you do not drink an adequate amount of water. You may become dehydrated and fatigue can be an obvious sign. You will not be able to tolerate heat well. There may be constipation and some other health complications as well.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants. They also provide high levels of Vitamin E and Vitamin C to keep the cells healthy. They are packed with nutrients that can be helpful during the old age. Blueberries are readily available year round, especially in the Fountain Valley area.
As we age, the possibility of digestive issues and constipation may be more prevalent. You can avoid these conditions by adding an adequate amount of fiber in your diet. You can get copious amounts of dietary fiber from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Fiber is also considered effective to lower blood pressure, inflammation, and cholesterol. Fiber helps to keep your heart healthy and can minimize the risk of diabetes.
Fatty fish such as mackerel, sardines, and salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that will help to prevent stroke and heart diseases. Two servings in a week will be fine. If you don’t care for the taste of fish, you may want to consider taking an Omega-3 supplement instead.
You can use olive oil in cooking to boost your HDL and lower LDL. Extra virgin olive oil is best and has such a slight flavor to it that you can use it to cook just about anything.
Yogurt is a good source of calcium that will support your bone health. It will improve your digestion as well. You should choose the one fortified with Vitamin D. Bone density issues are prevalent with older folks, so increasing your Vitamin D intake is always a good idea unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene. This is a natural chemical that prevents lung and prostate cancer. You can have raw, cooked, or processed tomatoes to get the benefits. As supported by the research reports, mashing and heating the tomatoes will release more lycopene.
Alcohol, especially red wine, can be helpful to lower your bad cholesterol and can prevent the blood clots as well. It is helpful for those who have blood pressure issues. Now, that does not mean that you need to drink more alcohol to get the benefits. One drink each day will be enough for women and two drinks for men. If you are not drinking alcohol, you can avoid drinking and focus on other food mentioned in this article.
Broccoli is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. It can help you in many ways to lead a healthy and active life in your old age.
Nuts are rich in unsaturated fats, omega-3s, protein, fiber, and other nutrients. You can have one ounce in a week to get the benefits.
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