Learn useful tips, tricks and information to help ensure you get the best possible nutrition during the winter months.
In the UK, life expectancy has doubled over the last two decades and currently around 16% of the population is aged 65 or over. It is fantastic that we can all live longer, but there are certain things we have to do to ensure we stay healthy in those later years. Exercise is of course important to maintain strength and cardiovascular health. It is also an important part of staving off obesity, which is prevalent in older people, as is malnutrition.
Malnutrition can be a real danger as you get older and have to work harder to ensure that you get the right vitamins and minerals. During the winter months particularly, it can be tempting to load up on mince pies and high calorie low nutrient foods, but that can create problems that are hard to recover from.
To help maintain good nutrition you might be considering home care services so you have a carer who can help prepare meals – otherwise here are 5 tips for good nutrition as a senior:
1. Eat Lots Of Fruits And Vegetables
The vitamins, minerals and nutritional content of fresh vegetables and fruits are incredible for health. With both fruit and vegetables there is room to blend up fresh smoothies and to cook up fresh soups packed with lots of veggies and goodness. Raw veggies or cut up crunchy fruits can be a really good low calorie snack to maintain energy.
2. Have A Heavy Lunch
Because we naturally get tired as we get older, dinner can be a bit too much and going to bed is more of a priority than eating a whole meal. For that reason, keep something light for dinner …