A healthy diet is important at any age. Fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, and plenty of water are keys to nourishing your body and mind. A well-balanced diet helps you maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your teeth and bones, and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Of course, as you age, your dietary needs change. For example, the older you get, the fewer calories you need. That’s because you move less and you lose muscle mass at a more rapid rate than when you were younger, which can slow your metabolism. The calories you do consume should be high in fiber and nutrients to help your body’s natural cycle and to avoid malnutrition and other health problems. Furthermore, many seniors also deal with chronic health conditions, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, that require special dietary accommodations, including reduced red meat consumption and/or salt intake. [Read more…]