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The Importance of Proper Nutrition for Seniors

Maintaining a nutritious and well-balanced diet becomes exceedingly important as we age. The need for a healthy diet is a concern at any age, but it becomes more so for seniors.

Not only is a nutrient-rich diet increasingly essential, but nutritional needs also change as we get older. For example, our metabolism begins to slow down. This means we require fewer calories to preserve a healthy body weight. Continuing to eat the same amount, without considering a slower metabolism can result in weight gain. Not only does our metabolism slow, but with decreased mobility we are also burning less calories because of limited activity.

This decreased metabolism can also have the opposite affect. It can cause a loss of appetite which may result in unhealthy weight loss. This has detrimental effects on the immune system, making seniors more susceptible to illness and disease.

 

Benefits of a Nutritious Diet

The positives of eating nutrient-rich diet are plentiful for seniors. These benefits include:

  • Increased energy
  • Fights disease
  • Improves mood
  • Maintains consistent weight
  • Live longer
  • Increased Energy

One major benefit of eating a well-balanced diet is the boost in energy it provides. A well-balanced diet consists of a good mix of grains, protein, fruit, vegetables, and dairy for some. These types of foods provide our muscles with the fuel needed to carry out daily activities.

More energy means a higher chance of regular physical activity. Regular exercise also gives the body more energy by strengthening muscles and delivering oxygen to your cells. This consistent exercise also leads to more restful and longer sleep. Which in turn gives you more energy.

Fights Disease

The strength of our immune system decreases with age. This means it is increasingly important what we put into our bodies. Foods that are rich in nutrients help boost immune system function.

Conversely, foods that contain high levels of processed sugar, salt, and fat should be avoided as much as possible.

Healthy eating habits can help combat against chronic health conditions like:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Improves mood

Much like the cycle involved with good food producing higher levels of energy, the same is true for mood level. A nutritious diet can result in elevated moods.

Nutrient rich food promotes more exercise, which leads to better physical shape, which can bring about higher levels of self-esteem and self-confidence. This all leads to increased mental health and elevated moods.

Maintains Consistent Weight

Weight gains and weight loss can be a serious concern for seniors, due to fluctuations in metabolism and appetite. Decreased metabolism can result in weight gain, while loss of appetite can result in unwanted weight loss.

The best way to maintain a balanced diet is to create a schedule and follow it daily. This schedule should detail what foods should be eaten and when. Eating at a regular time each day can help form an easy to follow routine. The schedule should also include daily exercise regimens.

Live Longer

If longevity is your plan, a healthy diet and regular exercise are the way to make it happen.

Not only does a nutritious diet help fight life threatening illnesses and diseases, it also promotes all the healthy physical and mental activity that leads to longer life.

Home Care Can Help

If you or a loved one is struggling to maintain a healthy diet on a regular basis, home care can help! It might be time to find a Caregiver that can help put a meal plan together, or help you follow a meal plan that has been designed by a Nutritionist or Dietician.

The right Caregiver should be able to help do the groceries, prepare meals in advance, refrigerate or freeze food for future meals, and even help with feeding in cases where assistance is required.

Use CaregiverMatch today to find a suitable Caregiver to help with your nutritional needs!

Maintaining a nutritious and well-balanced diet becomes exceedingly important as we age. The need for a healthy diet is a concern at any age, but it becomes more so for seniors. Not only is a nutrient-rich diet increasingly essential, but nutritional needs also change as we get older. For example, our metabolism begins to slow down. This means we require fewer calories to preserve a healthy body weight. Continuing to eat the same amount, without considering a slower metabolism can result in weight gain. Not only does our metabolism slow, but with decreased mobility we are also burning less calories because of limited activity.