Special Nutritional Needs As You Mature
Once you have crossed the “growing” stage you need to be very careful about the amount of proteins and carbohydrates that you consume. If you develop healthy eating habits at an early age, you will be able to take care of a lot of health problems, later on.
Proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water are essential nutrients which should be included in your daily diet, for you to remain fit and healthy. Some medical issues that crop up as you mature, like osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain types of cancers.
The nutritional needs of seniors are to a large extent determined by their lifestyles. If you have been active all your life and expect to continue to be active, your diet does not need to change much. On the other hand, a less active lifestyle will require fewer calories. But you still need those essential nutrients in your daily diet.
Healthy Eating Tips
- Foods that are low in cholesterol and fat should be added to your daily diet to keep you healthy and strong.
- Avoid junk food and processed food whenever possible, or at least enjoy them in small quantities, as they provide a lot of calories but few nutrients.
- Chips, cookies, sodas, alcohol and caffeine are some of the foods you will want to avoid to lead a healthy and fine lifestyle.
- In general avoiding “junk foods,” “colas,” and including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet may be a good way to stay healthy.
- Do not forget to drink lots of water, on a regular basis. If the word “exercise” makes you feel depressed (like so many of us) then go for a “pleasant” jog or a brisk walk early in the morning or in the evening.
- Make sure that you do this regularly for half an hour. Also, going to bed early and getting up early will result in a more active “you.” Swimming is also a good stress reliever and it does burn a lot of “extra” calorie