The elderly often lauded to be people in their prime, aka the golden years – an achievement seen by many. However, living the long life also comes with a price. As one grows older, they also see a decline in their overall health from physical abilities to mental functions. This often results to a lot of problems from a growing list of medications, financial worries and care problems.
However, there are ways to help seniors recover without spending too much on medications. This comes in the form of their diets. When one is younger, it is often emphasized that a healthy diet and lifestyle would often do wonders for you and it is no different for seniors.
To start off with that, here are a few healthy foods caregivers might want to consider adding to their seniors’ diets.
One of the leading foods that caregivers are urged to add to their seniors’ diet is fiber. This is because fiber is known for being helpful in the prevention of long-term problems in the digestive system, especially on the intestines. It is also found out that it also has beneficial effects for those suffering from diabetes. Foods that are known for their high fiber content are whole grain breads, fresh fruits and vegetables and oatmeal.
2. Fresh fruits and vegetables
Previously mentioned is that these two food groups are rich in fiber. They are in fact, abundant in that and a lot more such as vitamins, antioxidants, calcium, iron and other essential nutrients that the body needs.
3. Lean protein
Another food type that is highly recommended into adding to a senior’s diet are lean meat. This would include chicken, fish and certain portions of pork though it can also be found in beans, tofu (which is a soybean product) and nuts. Lean meat is helpful in the building and repairing of body cells and promotes the body’s healing mechanism. In addition, lean meat is also used to prevent the loss of one’s body mass as well as used to maintain the body’s natural fluid levels. Though dairy products are also rich in protein, it is highly recommended that seniors be placed in low-fat dairy products such as skim milk and yogurt.
Believe it or not, eggs are highly rich in a variety of nutrients and is deemed to be a healthy food option. A single egg can contain about 75 calories and is packed with thirteen (13) essential vitamins and minerals. Included in the list is Vitamin D.
These may look like a lot, however it is still possible to have all of these healthy foods placed on your senior’s daily diet. The secret behind it is careful planning with the use of a meal plan. Here, one can control and see what kind of food their seniors will be having for a day. At the same time, it serves as a great way on creating meals that won’t look as repetitive as well as monitor what kind of meals are being served.