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Eating Well As You Age

Posted by Deb Spinelli on 11/24/2015
The benefits of healthy eating are apparent at any age. However, for individuals aged 50 and over, these benefits can include increased mental acuity, higher energy levels, resistance to illness, faster healing times when illness does strike, and better management of chronic health issues. A healthy diet has also been linked to maintaining a positive outlook and achieving emotional balance.

However, eating well is about so much more than just getting the right amount of certain nutrients. Eating well is about learning to love fresh, healthy foods. Even the most die-hard, lifelong junk food addict can be won over by healthier food choices. Once he or she discovers the increased energy and better overall health that accompany healthy eating, there will be no going back. There are so many benefits to healthy eating. Here are just a few:
  1. Keep your body stronger for longer. Good nutrition helps to keep your muscles, bones, and organs strong and healthy for a long time. Eating foods that are rich in essential vitamins and minerals boosts your immune system so that your body is better able to fight off illness. A good diet also decreases your risk of many common health issues, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, bone loss, anemia, and even cancer. A healthy, balance diet also prevents obesity and other weight-related issues.
  2. Keep your mind stronger for longer. Without key nutrients, the brain can't function optimally. Certain foods, such a leafy greens, fish, and nuts are all packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to improve focus and even decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Eating foods that are rich in antioxidants can also help to enhance memory and mental acuity even as you age.
  3. Feel great. Eating wholesome foods gives you more energy than consuming empty calories and junk food. When you have more energy you are better able to do the things you love to do. This, in turn, helps contribute to a better overall mood and a positive outlook.
Of course, some age-related medical conditions can make it difficult to get all of the nutrients that your body needs through food alone. The Medical Maven offers a wide variety of nutritional supplements and meal replacement options to supplement your diet.

Posted in: Elderly Care, Nutrition