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to maintain healthy dietary habits.
Digestion: The body has greater difficulty processing certain vitamins and minerals as we age. This is often a result of decreased saliva and stomach acid. Increasing fiber intake, and supplementing for things like B12, folic acid, etc. can help to maintain mental alertness, and help the body function properly. Seniors should consider taking a multi-vitamin, and focus on eating foods in their raw whole form, rather than processed. Whole fruit, for example, provides greater fiber than fruit juice.
Hydration: Many seniors suffer problems associated with dehydration. As the body ages, the ability to regulate fluids may decrease, as well as the sense of thirst. Thus, the body does not signal when it needs water. Seniors should track fluid intake, and be sure to always have a drink on hand to prevent problems with dehydration such as dizziness.
Senses: Just as the sense of thirst can decrease, so can the sense of smell and taste. This means that many seniors will over-salt foods, etc., to help them taste better. This can lead to high sodium intake, high blood pressure, and water retention. Consider using spices to season foods rather than salt. Look for naturally sweet foods, rather than using sugars.
Medications: Often times the health conditions of a senior will impact their diet. Heart conditions may require low sodium foods, kidney conditions may require a renal friendly diet etc. Talk to your doctor to determine how nutritional needs may be impacted by health conditions, and what to watch out for.
In order to maintain healthy dietary habits, consider using a service such as Mom’s Meals, which delivers freshly prepared meals to the senior’s door, can meet dietary restrictions such as diabetes, renal, and heart healthy, and offers over 70 menu items for variety and choice.
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