Friday, July 20th, 2018

7 Healthy Diet Tips for Baby Boomers and Their Elderly Parents


elder eating 300x200 7 Healthy Diet Tips for Baby Boomers and Their Elderly Parents
Guest Post by Andy C. senior fitness and health expert.

As you get older, the need for a healthy diet increases if you want to remain immune to diseases and stay balanced emotionally and physically. A healthy diet should include eating vegetables and fruits in abundance along with starchy and fiber food items. Milk and dairy products are a must and fish must also be taken along with other iron rich food. Plenty of water must be taken and drinks that contain low sugar levels.

1. Fiber and Starch
A good source of starch is pasta, bread and cereals along with specific vegetables such as potatoes and peas. Such sources of food tend to fasten the digestion process and prevent constipation.

2. Food Containing Iron
Iron is a high energy source, which is must when you get older. Red meat is the best source of iron and ideally ninety grams must be eaten a day. Green vegetables, eggs and fish are also a great source of iron. Although liver can also provide you with iron be careful about eating it too much.

3. Food Containing Calcium
Calcium is a must intake for women as older women usually complain about osteoporosis, a decline in density of the bones. Any dairy products that are ideally of low fat can increase the intake of calcium. Tofu and soya beans long with leaf vegetables can also significantly increase the calcium intake.

4. Low Salt
Blood pressure has been identified as problem in older people and therefore too much salt should be avoided. It is recommended that older age people should intake six grams or lower level of salt on a daily basis.

5. Intake of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a must have for older people, who want to strengthen their bones. Fish and eggs can significantly improve the calcium intake along with a stroll in the sun at morning and evening times.

6. Intake of Vitamin A

It is usually recommended that less than 1.5 mg of vitamin A is taken. The basic source of vitamin A is liver and if you are already eating liver it is recommended that no other supplements are taken.

7. Fluid
It is recommended that a person drinks at least 1.2 liters of fluid on a daily basis. All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks add up to your fluid intake and therefore it is recommended that you drink milk, water and other fresh juices that add to your health rather than deteriorate it.

Try to eat a healthy diet and not get underweight or overweight as both scenarios can significantly increase the chances of chronic diseases later in life.

Andy has been blogging about senior issues for over 4 years. Andy’s favorite topics include seniors’ fitness and healthy eating. When he is not blogging, Andy works in the aged care industry, where he distributes shower chairs and other mobility equipment for the elderly.

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