As we get older, the way that our taste buds interpret food can change, which often leads to us modifying our diets. For many seniors, however, altering their eating habits is as much about a desire to stay healthy as it is a change in taste.
Certain foods, such as bacon and whole milk, for example, can lead to high blood pressure levels. Even foods that we associate with good health, such as oranges and lemons, can have a detrimental effect on someone that suffers from indigestion.
Learning the subtle differences that each food group can produce in the body can be a time-consuming process, but over time, can help to make the life of a senior in home care in Nashville TN more comfortable.
To help you learn some of the basics, we’ve teamed up with Steve Logan, the owner of the award winning, in-home care provider, Always Best Care. His years of experience in the industry means he is ideally suited to help run you through some of the basic dietary necessities for seniors.
Foods to Eat:
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, so it’s no surprise that it is a diet staple for all ages. In older age, our bones start to become brittle, so it’s important that we take in our daily amount of calcium to preserve our bone health. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommend a daily amount of 1200 milligrams of calcium for those over 50 – the equivalent of four cups of low-fat milk.
Found in: orange juice, turnips, kale, milk, spinach, yogurt, cheese, broccoli
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Eating omega 3 fatty acids can produce a whole host of benefits for the human body, with one of key being the reduction of inflammation in the body that is linked to arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. A senior should eat the acids, which are also known to help with the body’s metabolism, at least two times a week.
Found in: walnuts, fish, soybeans, chia seeds
Foods to Avoid
The salt we grind or sprinkle onto our food at the dinner table is very often just a fraction of the amount contained in the actual meal. Processed foods, such as ready meals, often contain large amounts of sodium, which in turn can lead to a higher blood pressure.
Found in: cured meats, pizza, soup, bread