Eat Well, Live Well – Top 5 Foods for Senior Health

It’s no secret to most that life expectancy has much improved over the last 100 years. An American born in 1900 could expect to live 47 years, on average. An American born in 2014 could expect to live 79 years. That is 32 extra years of life in just 114 years! But the good news doesn’t end there. In 1950, an American reaching the age of 65 could expect to live 14 more years to 79.

In 2014, reaching the age of 65 means an expected 19 more years of quality life. So how did we get here?

Improvements in health care and living conditions have played a big role, but it is also widely accepted that increasing access to healthy, affordable foods has had a significant impact, especially in senior health. A healthy diet has been linked not just to a longer life but a better life.

Eating healthy has numerous benefits.

  • A good diet can boost you immunity helping you fight off everything from the common cold to deadly diseases.
  • The right food choices can help improve your stamina allowing you to enjoy more of life. Some foods can help brain function keeping your mind sharp.
  • A healthy diet has even been shown to lift your mood and increase self-esteem.

The important thing is to choose the right foods. Foods rich in the good stuff – antioxidants, calcium, vitamins, protein, healthy fats and fiber. To that end, these five foods will help you live healthier, better and longer. They may help make your senior years your best years.

KALE

Kale as become ubiquitous as a punch line for jokes about healthy eating. There is always truth in humor. Kale is a dark leafy green rich in antioxidants, much like spinach and broccoli. Antioxidants are true health warriors, which have been shown in studies to help fight off free radicals in the body that are known to cause cancer.

MILK

A classic for a reason, milk is as important for senior health as it is for development in children. Calcium rich milk can help prevent bone fractures and osteoporosis. Lactose intolerant? Almonds, broccoli, tofu and kale are all good non-dairy sources of calcium.

FISH

Your preferred fish will vary on your location as fresh is always better. Look for a catch of the day loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Though the research is still in the early stages it is generally accepted that increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

BEANS

Get a real bang for your health dollar bucks by adding beans to the mix. Beans are a good source of both high-quality protein and fiber. Feeling down? High-quality proteins can help fight depression and boost your mood. And whose life isn’t improved by better digestion, which fiber bolsters.

WATER

Simple, but true. Staying hydrated is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The rule of thumb is eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but it doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Those 64 ounces can come from a combination of water, juice, tea, soup and fruits and vegetables rich in water. Just make sure to avoid sugary drinks such as soda and sweetened coffee drinks.

Keeping these five items in mind while working on your diet can truly improve your health. Overall, maintaining a healthy balance within your diet is the key to success!


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