Our aging bodies need necessary nutrients. A nutrient-rich diet helps to avoid health problems such as diabetes, blood pressure and high cholesterol. Here are tips and reasons to start changing daily routines and diets.

Metabolism

As we grow older, our metabolism starts to naturally slow down. Exercise is important to help maintain a metabolic rate, burn calories and to continue a healthy weight. Foods rich in nutrients include beans, Greek yogurt, berries and sweet potatoes. .

Appetite

Many people take medication for various health conditions. Side effects may include a lack of appetite. Keep a balanced and nutrient-rich diet by adding fruits and vegetables to half of your meal. Add protein with beans, eggs, chicken and fish. Choose foods with a lower amount of sodium content. Remember the importance of hydration and drinking plenty of water.

Vitamins

Vitamin D is essential to help keep bones healthy and your muscles moving. Deficiencies in Vitamin D are related to the loss of bone tissue and muscle weakness. Sun exposure to the skin is a great way to receive Vitamin D, but sometimes difficult during the winter months. We all need Vitamin D as we grow older to prevent falls or fractures in bones, lower the risk of osteoporosis and to decrease the chances of cardiovascular diseases.

Regular Activity

Staying active is the best approach to remaining healthy. By staying more active, older adults find increased strength and endurance. Make exercise and physical activity a part of your daily routine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults should clock in at least 2 hours of brisk walking a week and at least 2 or more days working on muscle strengthening activities.

 

 


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