5 Ways To Look Young Longer
Your Nutritional Guide For A Balanced Diet
No one wants to skip meals, but meal preparation can become incredibly tedious or completely time-consuming. However, eating enough to keep yourself full has several significant benefits. For older people, a diet that's well balanced for general nutrition can help stay active and recover energy more quickly and aids an otherwise weakening immune system so that illness is less of a fear. One could say a balanced diet helps keep a person younger!
Each day, your nutritional guide should follow the basic nutrition groups: vegetables, grains, and fruits. If you can, try to ensure the grains are whole grain, since whole grains keep much more nutritional value than cracked and processed grains do.
Calcium products, such as cheese and milk, are also helpful. You will also need protein, which is contained in fish and nuts. When you plan meals, plan for variety. Try to keep foods in rotation, so you're not eating the same thing each day. Not only will this help keep you happier, but your body will appreciate the variety of nutrition!
Drink Plenty Of Water
The human body loses the ability to regulate fluids as it ages. The body doesn't always recognize that it's becoming dehydrated, so older people don't always drink as much as they should. That doesn't mean the body needs less water, just that it's not as good at recognizing how much it needs.
It may sound ridiculous, but schedule time, in an appointment book if you keep one, to drink a few glasses of water each day. If you're really not thirsty, you don't have to drink it, but staying hydrated helps avoid constipation, incontinence, and UTIs. Dehydration can do long term damage to the bladder, as well.
The jury is still out on whether or not vitamin supplements are worthwhile. Science has proven that a proper diet gives your body all the vitamins and minerals you need. Given that, it would seem as if there was no need for a multivitamin of any kind.
However, the real truth is that no one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes with their diet and their meal planning. Having the backup is good, so you won't have to agonize over meal plans quite as much. It doesn't help that so much food on the market today is made of empty calories. Things such as white rice, refined sugar, white flour, and other food staples have been refined to the point of having nothing but carbs! Carbs may be great for quick energy, but they're not the only kind of nutrition your body needs.
Try A Simple Idea That Works
Consider planning by colors, such as orange carrots, white potatoes, red meat, green broccoli. If you're planning a snack, perhaps green apples and yellow bananas. You can see the pattern. Aim for around five colors on your plate, and while you won't always have a perfect meal, you'll have a pretty good base.
Cut back on salt. The older you get, the more important this becomes. Don't trust "low sodium," actually check the nutrition label to see how much salt is in the food you're cooking. The older we get, the weaker our sense of taste becomes and the easier it gets to put salt onto your food for the taste. Try your best not to do this.
Avoid Saturated Fats
Despite the fear mongering in the media these days, not all fat is terrible. There are some fats that are vital parts of your body's nutritional needs. Saturated fat, however, is the worst and should be avoided at all costs.
If you're looking for ways to get healthy fats into your diet, consider using olive oil. Things such as salmon, avocados, flaxseed, and other fats that are monounsaturated are also great parts of a diet. As always, check the nutritional label of any food you cook.
Don't Boil Your Vegetables
Boiling your vegetables sucks out a huge amount of the nutritional value. Part of what makes vegetables so nutritionally sound are the chemicals that keep them firm. Try cooking in ways that leave the plants a bit more firm, such as steaming.
And as always, make sure you never skip a meal. As your body ages, it stops processing nutrients as well as it once did, which can leave you feeling fatigued and worn down much more quickly than you ever have before.
Maintaining healthy eating habits is the best way to stay fit as long as you can. Your body will break down, this is inevitable. But the breakdown doesn't have to leave you bedridden. Accidents will happen, and no one can fight bad genetics for very long, but a healthy diet will help your body keep itself put together. Following the above five tips will keep you going just a little bit longer. Your body will be happy you did it.