Whether you're in your 20s or 80s, some nutrition tips are simply ageless. Here, Mom's Meals shows you five ways to boost nutrition and overall health at any age.
1. Cut the junk! It is as simple as that. Wholesome meals of good foods rich in vitamins and minerals will lead to more energy and better health. “Added sugars, processed, and refined foods will make you feel sluggish, lead to weight gain, and decreased overall health,” says Elliott.
2. Toss out the old; bring on the healthy! Better nutrition starts with making better dietary choices. Clean out the processed food from cupboards, pantries, fridge and freezer, and fill them with fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, low sodium foods, and items that promote health, not that sugar addiction.
3. Hydrate smart! Hydration is important for everyone, and especially seniors. As we age, we are prone to dehydration as bodies lose some ability to regulate fluid. Need to remember to drink more water? Try posting notes in key locations around the house. Sufficient water also helps in avoiding urinary tract infections and constipation. And remember, we’re talking about water, not diet sodas or alcoholic beverages.
4. Swap the white for the wheat! It’s so simple to help improve heart health. Just try swapping out anything with white flour for foods made with wheat flour.
5. Keep it colorful! Aim for five colors on the plate. This helps increase the amount of fruits and vegetable intake. Foods rich in color are typically also rich in nutrients.
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