At any stage of life, eating the right foods and having an active lifestyle can keep your body and mind healthy. However, particularly in seniors, adapting this approach can be hugely beneficial and can even extend your quality of life. Consider these 5 tips to keep your brain and body healthy and strong for as long as possible.
- Exercise: Try to balance your daily intake of food with sufficient exercise. This exercise does not need to be too difficult. Even some light daily movement can improve your health, so get moving. Even housework counts!
- Fruit & Vegetables: Aim for 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day. These foods are full of the right nutrients that are needed to keep our bodies strong and well. If the thought of fresh fruit and vegetables going bad turns you off, remember that you can always use frozen, tinned, and dried fruit and veg. So, keep your diet as colourful as possible!
- Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can cause many unfavourable effects including tiredness, dizziness, and constipation. Ensure your diet is full of fluids. This can include water, juice, even milk. 8 glasses a day is recommended.
- Them Bones Need Calcium! Try to include 3 sources of calcium into your daily diet. Calcium has been proven to keep bones healthy and strong which is important as we get older. Calcium is found mostly in dairy foods such as milk, yogurts, and cheese, but can also be found in green leafy vegetables and nuts.
- Protein: Keep fit and strong by including protein rich foods such as lean meat, poultry, and fish in your diet. Protein food such as salmon, kippers and sardines are also full of heart healthy omega-3 fats. Beans, eggs, and nuts are also simple and easy ways of adding protein into your diet.