Foods that Help Seniors Stay Healthier Longer

Senior Care in Aurora

Nature has provided the human body with an amazing immune system, designed to heal itself. Your body is designed as a self-healing system, and all people should take an active role in the maintenance of their health and in the treatments of their disorders, with the guidance of a health care professional.  However, as we age, our ability to produce and absorb nutrients diminishes while illness or disease will increase our nutritional needs. In addition, medications can interfere with nutrient absorption and deplete the body’s nutritional stores. These issues can be improved through nutritional supplementation.

Fruits and vegetables are the most preferred foods recommended for seniors. The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the more nutrition you get, lowering your risk of disease. It is best to consume fruits and vegetables in their raw state; they contain more vitamins and enzymes than those that have been cooked or stored for a long time. If you like cooked veggies then lightly stream or use a wok.

Eat lean meats and poultry and consider getting some of your protein from other sources: whole grains like quinoa, peas, nuts, seeds, soy foods, leafy vegetables, collard greens, kale, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Super foods like blue green algae, sea greens and chlorella, sprouts and seeds like almonds, sunflower and pumpkin are also good sources of protein. It is best to eat nuts and seeds raw for digestibility. If you have trouble digesting nuts, fruits and vegetables, try digestive enzymes which are available at health food stores.

Milk is a good source of protein. Milk contains bacteria responsible for maintaining good flora in the digestive tract. Buy milk without added sugar or flavoring, as sugar feeds unwanted bacteria.

Eat complex carbohydrates and benefit from a constant flow of energy. In contrast, simple carbohydrates give you a short-lived rush. Refined carbohydrates can lead to many disorders. You can find complex carbohydrates in fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and natural whole grains.

Eat more good fats like wild caught salmon or tilapia. Add walnuts, pumpkin seeds, or their oil to your salad or pasta. Also add flaxseeds or flaxseed oil and green vegetables, grains and omega 3 enriched eggs, available at health food stores.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Aurora, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.

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