Nutrition is important for all of us. We all need to establish healthy eating habits in order to live a long, healthy life.
And as we age, getting the right nutrients presents new challenges. Older adults need a different balance of nutrients to stay healthy and combat aging.
Our team at Qualicare Newmarket wants to talk you through eating healthy through the years.
Eating Right as an Older Adult
Let's take a look at ways your loved one can improve his or her healthy eating habits:
First, you want to make sure you loved one is consuming a variety of foods at each meal. You especially want to make sure you include fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains into his or her daily diet.
Foods like lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts can help give your loved one the nutrients he or she needs to live a healthier life.
And when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables, they can be fresh, frozen or even canned. If you're choosing frozen or canned varieties, make sure you're choosing options without added sodium, sauces or sugar.
Encourage your loved one to get plenty of calcium and vitamin D. Bone health is extremely vital, as it can help to reduce the risk of falling, which can result in injury or even death.
Therefore, most researchers recommend having at least three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products that are fortified with vitamin D each day, which can help to keep your bones healthy!
Why vitamin D? Because it's essential for proper absorption of calcium. Getting plenty of calcium but lagging behind on vitamin D won't do you any good, because your body will be unable to absorb the calcium you're eating.
Could in-home care improve your loved one’s quality of life? Contact the care providers at Qualicare Newmarket today to learn how we can help!