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5 healthy eating tips for seniors

The senior years can be a wonderful time in life. Life slows down, and the change of pace gives seniors a chance to enjoy the things they may not have had time for when their lives were busy and chaotic with work and family responsibilities. Paying attention to nutritional needs can help seniors maintain their health and keep up the energy they need to stay active long into retirement. Implementing these five healthy eating tips for seniors can benefit the body.

Cut Back on Salt Intake

Foods that are high in sodium can be detrimental to seniors dealing with high blood pressure. One way to avoid extra salt intake is to cut back on salting food at the table. If salt is needed, use it sparingly.

Many processed foods contain a great deal of sodium, so it is important to pay attention to the labels and compare them with other food items. Some great low sodium alternatives are fresh and frozen vegetables, and fresh, frozen, and dried fruits.

Make Low Cholesterol Choices

Cholesterol numbers are difficult to keep low sometimes. Eating foods that are lower in cholesterol really does make a difference to overall health. Some foods to incorporate into your diet to keep things in check are oatmeal, fish, nuts, and beans.

Go Easy on Carbohydrates

When carbohydrates turn to sugar, blood sugar levels rise. To keep blood sugar where it should be, good low carb food choices include whole grains like whole wheat flour, whole grain bread and brown rice. Frozen or fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat meats and fish, eggs, and nuts are other good wholesome options.

Choose High Fiber Foods

To fend off constipation, load up on high fiber foods such as fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and the aforementioned whole grains.

Stay Well Hydrated

Remember to drink plenty of fluids, especially in the summer months. A hydrated body is a healthy body that will keep you feeling comfortable. Try to drink eight, eight-ounce servings of fluids every day, preferably water. Calcium is important to bone health, so drinking milk is another good choice.

Keeping these tips in mind when you make your meal plans or consider your dining options are simple changes that can make a big difference in your health. Health issues such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, constipation, and more can all be made better or worse with the food choices you make. When you make healthy choices, you will not only stay healthier, you will feel better too.