Growing older is not easy on the mind or the body. Not only can it be discouraging, but our bodies become more fragile and many of us lose the ability to do the things we once loved. As our bodies become more fragile, our nutritional needs change and in order to give our bodies what they need, we must change our diet and eating habits. As part of the home health care services we offer to residents in Naples, we offer patients assistance with meal preparation and nutrition. Senior citizens should be eating foods that are not only healthy, but that will also help combat the symptoms of aging.
Lots of Fiber
As we grow older, our digestive systems do not continue to operate as smoothly as they did when we were younger. Therefore, it is important for seniors to stick with fiber-rich foods in order to help regulate their digestive systems. Instead of taking supplements or pills, seniors may opt to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Beans and nuts are also great fiber-rich options.
It is recommended that seniors try to include plenty of fish into their diets. Eating fish twice a week can help reduce blood pressure, as well as lower the risk of developing heart disease. It is especially beneficial to eat fatty fish, such as salmon, because it is rich with omega-3 fatty acids.
Plenty of Calcium
Just as it is important for seniors to get plenty of fiber, it is also important for them to get plenty of calcium. Including calcium-rich foods, such as beans, greek yogurt, and other dairy products, into your diet will help reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis. Greek yogurt is a great choice not only because it is tasty, but because it also contains twice the protein of regular yogurt.
Contact our team today to learn more about how you maintain a healthy diet.