Senior Living

Staying Healthy in Retirement

Nutrition for Seniors

March 4th, 2015

seniors and nutritionA major facet to the health profile of senior citizens is their diet. Seeing that seniors receive proper nutrition is vital to their health. Seniors are in a phase of life where many bodily systems are slowing down and not operating like they used to, and a nutritious diet can mean the difference between a vibrant, active retirement and a declining, unhealthy retirement. People of all ages should make healthy eating a priority, but for seniors, it is particularly important to their daily bodily functions that they maintain a healthy diet.

Seniors should have a focus on eating foods that are full of vitamins and nutrients. Eating foods that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients is important to all bodily systems, in particular the cardiovascular system and the joints. Eating spicy natural foods such as cayenne pepper and jalapenos is excellent for the immune system and for circulation. Making sure to take in probiotics is vital to the digestive system and eating antioxidants helps cleanse the body of toxins. Many seniors refer to the advice of nutritionists who specialize in senior diets.

Practicing portion control is very important to seniors. Overeating can cause conditions such as obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Over-eating and under-eating are dangerous at any age, but in senior years, a balanced diet is very important to general health and well-being. Weight is any way to assess whether or not a senior is making use of proper portion control.

Avoiding foods that are known to cause health issues is also critical to a senior’s health. The golden years are not the time in life to be eating excessive fats, sugars, carbohydrates or processed foods. These foods are known to cause and speed up health conditions that a person has or is predisposed to. More than any other phase of life, it is important for seniors to take in plenty of vitamins and nutrients in their diet.