Seniors enjoy healthy lifestyles eating right.
How well we age is partly predetermined by genes. Recent studies of centenarians show that they’re healthy eating habits and exercise contributes to living healthy and happily into the triple digits.
Seniors who create a lifestyle of healthy eating enjoy an increased energy level, mental acuteness and immune systems. As people age, eating quality foods is the key to a positive mental outlook and a way to stay emotionally balanced.
Here is a list of staples that contribute to a healthy diet. The following twelve foods hold special nutritional value for seniors and versatile to be used in a variety of recipes.
Oatmeal: A great source of soluble fiber, oatmeal has been shown to help lower blood cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Yogurt: Rich in calcium, yogurt can contribute to the calcium requirement needed to prevent osteoporosis. Good bacteria are added to some yogurt, which may help people with digestive problems that often accompany aging.
Blueberries: These blue beauties are among the top fruits and vegetables for antioxidants. Research on aging and Alzheimer’s disease reveals that blueberries may also improve memory and coordination.
Apples: The benefits of apples are too numerous to name. The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body, which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
Fish: Bluefish, mackerel, salmon, sardines, trout and tuna (Bluefin and Albacore) are a low-fat, high-protein source of nutrients. The American Heart Association recommends fatty fish twice a week to improve heart health.
Broccoli: A good source of multiple nutrients including vitamins K, C, E, B, and calcium and iron, broccoli has been found to protect against cancer, heart disease, stroke and macular degeneration.
Soy (Edamame): Nutritionists recommend consuming up to one serving a day of soy as a replacement for foods high in saturated fats. Some studies have shown that soy improves bone health. Be sure to consult your doctor before adding soy to a senior’s diet.
Sweet Potatoes and Squash: Sweet potatoes provide beta carotene and vitamins C and E, all of which promote healthy skin, hair and eyesight. Squash is a good source of beta carotene and vitamin C.
Rice: As a complex carbohydrate, rice digests slowly, allowing the body to utilize the energy released over a longer period, which is nutritionally efficient. Rice has low sodium content and contains useful quantities of potassium, the B vitamins, thiamin and niacin.
Dark Chocolate: Consumed in moderation, this high-calorie, high-fat food may contribute to health benefits such as boosting HDL cholesterol (known as good cholesterol) and lowering blood pressure.
Please note: Always consult a doctor before beginning any diet or nutrition program.
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