Food plays a more and more important role as people age. Many people lose the ability to exercise as much as they did in their younger days, and older bodies tend to let people down more often in comparison with the more resilient, younger bodies.
Eating nutritious meals doesn’t mean that you have to fill your plate with the same bland food every day, though. You can find lots of delicious foods, if you know what you are looking for. It all starts in the perimeter of the supermarket, where all the fresh food is stored.
Fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, meat, poultry, fish and eggs should play an important part in anyone’s diet. When people age, their digestive system does become slower, so they need to include plenty of fiber, which comes from vegetables, fruit and whole grains, in their meals. These types of food will also give you plenty of energy to keep you going all day.
Have regular blood tests to determine if you have any vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Then, choose foods that will help replenish your supply and, if necessary, take supplements to give yourself a boost (only do that after consulting your doctor, though.)
Older people are more likely to become dehydrated, so ensure you drink plenty of fluids, especially water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you have a bottle of water with you all the time, you can have a mouthful each time you need it, and before you know it, you will have finished it off without any effort.
Have meals with your family and/or friends. Doing this tends to make you eat less, and if you want to lose weight, it is a simple, and yet effective way of doing it. By eating at your friends’ houses, you will get to try new things, you may wish to add the ones you like to your own cooking repertoire.
As you age, you should increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids, to help protect against the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Also, make sure to reduce your salt consumption, to help control your blood pressure.
It is common to want to add more flavor to your foods, because one of the side effects of aging is a reduction in your sense of taste. However, you must not overdo it with the salt, sugar and other flavors that may be unhealthy in large amounts.
If you aren’t very active, you can reduce your calorie consumption. As an example, an inactive man only needs 2000 calories, whereas a very active man needs 2400-2800 calories each day.
Do not skip meals, though, because that can throw your system out of balance. Regular meals and snacks will keep you on track. Talk to a dietitian and ask him to help you plan the meals, regardless of how much knowledge you may have; you don’t want to risk your health by simply doing what you have always done, without taking your age and health into account.
These are just a few nutritional tips you should follow as you get older. The rules change as you age, but if you follow a few rules, you will be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle and do pretty much everything you want, despite your age. After all, age is just a number.