For seniors, the foundation of a healthy diet is fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. It is about color, variety, and enjoyment in food. The right diet can effectively increase longevity, stave off illness, and improve cognitive function.
Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) March 07, 2013
Whether we want to believe it or not, none of us are getting any younger. And because of that, it’s important to know that nutritional requirements change as the body ages. Metabolism slows, taste and smell senses diminish, digestion slackens, and the body generates less saliva and stomach acid, making it more difficult to process certain vitamins and minerals.
Because nutrition impacts both health and mental acuity, Elizabeth Elliott, Registered Dietitian at Mom’s Meals, offers advice on foods that are best as we age.
1. Foods rich in folic acid: Folic acid is responsible for cellular growth and regeneration. If a senior wants to heal quickly, a diet high in folic acid is a must. Folic acid helps with DNA synthesis and repair, red blood cell creation, and prevention of anemia, reduces risk of several types of cancer as well as Alzheimer’s disease. The best sources of folic acid are dark leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, and citrus.
2. Foods rich in vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 helps reduce anemia, fatigue, mania, and depression, and more. It is needed for mental acuity. Great sources of vitamin B12 are fish. Crab, lobster, octopus, caviar, and shellfish are all great sources for B12, but it is also found in eggs and cheese.
3. Foods rich in vitamin B6: Nuts and seeds are great sources for vitamin B6, as well as rice and wheat. B6 is needed for maintenance of red blood cells, the nervous system, and immune system. Circulation is important for seniors, and B6 helps. Too little vitamin B6 can increase the risk of heart attack, as well as lead to confusion, dermatitis, and anemia.
4. Foods rich in fiber: Because digestion changes as we age, a diet high in fiber is critical for seniors. Fruits such as raspberries, bananas, oranges, and figs are great sources of fiber as well as whole-wheat grains, legumes, and vegetables.
5. Fresh foods: Fresh is best. “For seniors, the foundation of a healthy diet is fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. It is about color, variety, and enjoyment in food,” shares Elizabeth Elliot. “The right diet can effectively increase longevity, stave off illness, and improve cognitive function.” Getting enough of the right foods will reduce a senior’s risk for developing chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, dental disease, macular degeneration and Alzheimer's, as well as decrease frailty which can help prevent falls, broken bones, etc.
Mom’s Meals is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over a dozen years. The company prepares, packages, and ships ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door, delivered anywhere in the United States, including meals for those with heart-healthy, gluten-free, veggie, low carb, Renal, and Diabetic diets.