Healthy Eating Habits For Elderly: Important Points To Remember!

by: Sarika Rana
Someone has rightly said, ‘healthy eating begins with you.’ Nourishing your body with the right nutrients and maintaining a healthy weight can help you stay active and independent even as you age. The definition of eating healthy while you are growing old changes significantly. As you age, your metabolism slows down, because of which you require fewer calories per day. Your body needs sufficient amount of nutrients that you may not have needed while you were young. Ageing is inevitable, but to stay healthy and lead a fit lifestyle is our job. Let’s look at how dietary changes are important as you age and what does your body require when you are growing old.
Age-related changes can affect how your body processes food that further influence your dietary needs and affects your appetite. Here are some changes every elderly will experience as s/he ages.
1. Your Metabolism Slows Down
This is a natural process; however, it becomes more pronounced if you are not active enough or haven’t exercised enough. When your metabolism slows down, your body doesn’t burn as many calories, which clearly means that you need to eat less to stay at a healthy weight. When your metabolism slows down, your body doesn’t burn as many calories.

2. You Are Susceptible To More Health Conditions
No matter how fit you are, your immunity system goes for a toss, which may make you susceptible to different health conditions. Some of the most common health conditions may include diabetes, cataract, macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, et al. In some cases, you may delay them but not stop them.

3. May Have Concerns Related To Your Oral Health
Some elderly people suffer from dental problems, which is why they aren’t able to chew food properly. It is best to choose soft and light foods that people can eat easily……
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Source: Food NDTV