Meeting Your Nutritional Needs as You Age
Age-related changes can affect how your body processes food, which influences your dietary needs and affects your appetite. These are some of the changes::
Healthy Eating Plans for Seniors
A healthy diet packed with vital nutrients can help ward off potential health problems that are common in senior citizens, like constipation, heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Nutritious foods will also help you maintain a healthy weight and can work wonders for your energy level.
Even if you’ve never followed a nutrition-based diet before, healthy eating isn’t difficult. The National Institute on Aging suggests two options for seniors:
The USDA Food Guide MyPlate Plan. This plan offers tips for building a healthy, balanced diet, including:
The DASH Diet. The DASH eating plan includes all the key food groups, but is designed to help reduce blood pressure and emphasizes foods that are heart healthy. These are recommended daily serving amounts:
Tips to Boost Your Nutritional Health
As you make food choices to improve your nutrition, keep these tips in mind:
Now that you know what to do, you can make the necessary changes to your diet and a real commitment to your senior health. It's fine to start gradually: Exchanging junk foods for healthier options is a good first step. But try to make changes every day that will bring you closer to your goal of a healthy diet and a healthy life.