Respond to your body’s changing needs and follow these 10 tips for eating healthfully after age 50.
10 Ways for Caregivers and Seniors to Improve their Diets
First, let’s remember that diets are individualized. Recommendations change based on a person’s age, activity levels and unique health issues. However, there are some tips that are suitable for most older individuals. The following pointers can help caregivers and seniors who wish to be proactive about their health and quality of life.
Protect Your Bones
As we age, our bones weaken due to decreased mobility and mineral loss. Increasing vitamin D and calcium intake to three times per day is appropriate to prevent osteoporosis or to keep the condition from worsening. Many foods, such as cereal, bread and juice, are fortified with both these important dietary components to promote bone health. The National Osteoporosis Foundation also recommends enhancing the calcium content of recipes by adding two to four tablespoons of nonfat powdered milk. Each tablespoon contains 50 mg of calcium, which can help you reach your total daily recommendation.
If you don’t think you or your loved one is getting adequate minerals and nutrients from the food you eat, see a registered dietitian, nurse practitioner or doctor to get a prescription for a multivitamin. Our bodies need adequate vitamin D to absorb calcium. Food is the best way to obtain nutrition, but it can be difficult to achieve adequate intake through food alone. If symptoms of weakening bones or osteoporosis are already present, then a multivitamin with vitamin D added is the more suitable choice.
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