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Nutrition guidelines for seniors

Senior Wellness | Jul 21, 2015

Eating healthy is always important, but as you age it is even more crucial that your nutrition remains on track. While Medicare coverage is improving, lessening your dependence on health care and prescription medication by sticking to a nutritional diet is key. Here's what you need to know about these elements of your diet:

Vegetables and fruit
Incorporate a variety of vegetables into your diet. Mix up colors. Have a dark leafy-green salad with carrots and red peppers. According to Today's Nutrition, colors often indicate the amount of phyotchemicals,which are naturally-occurring compounds that act like antioxidants, present in a serving of fruit or vegetables.

Just as you should include more vegetables in your meals, fruit has a significant impact on your health. The National Institute of Aging reported that fruits where you eat the skin, such as apples, contain more fiber.This promotes digestion regularity.

Whole grains
Food that is made from rye, wheat, oats, cornmeal or barley is considered to be a grain product. When selecting breads, pastas and other similar items, choose products that include the word "whole." This ensures that you will increase the amount of fiber that you intake. Healthy diets include more whole-grain products than processed grain.

Fat and sugar
Limit foods that have excessive solid fat or sugar in their composition. The National Institute of Aging also claimed that in some instances, added sugar may lead to higher levels of fats in the blood. Conversely, the risk of heart disease may increase.

Always read food labels to check the content for added sugar.

Stay hydrated throughout the day. Ensure that you are drinking plenty of liquids. Don't wait until you are thirsty to grab a glass of water. It is especially important during your later years to stay healthy and hydrated.