Could Nutrient-Rich Diets Lead to Improved Senior functionality?
Living a healthy life starts with a healthy diet. Although we should always be considering what we put into our bodies, seniors should be extra cautious and aware. Many processed and prepared foods come with a heavy amount of sodium and chemicals that can trigger reactions and lead to many bigger issues.
Why would sodium be bad for seniors?
Well, simply put too much sodium isn’t really good for anyone. Sodium can put a strain on the heart leading to increased blood pressure. For many seniors blood pressure is already a common issue and putting any additional strain on the heart will lower other vital body functions.
Increased sodium can also contribute to significant dehydration. What seniors really need more of in their diets is healthy fibres and green vegetables which help the body continue to hydrate and process other meats and dairy.
Greens are also full of significant vitamins and minerals that are very important to keep the mind, heart and body fully functioning. In cases where seniors experience weakness or lowered ability to comprehend, a proper diet can increase natural support of strength.
Senior Homes & LTCs are rapidly losing the ability to offer fresh produce and well-prepared meals and snacks. The idea is that if the body is fueled properly, its immunity will be strong and fight against the common deficiencies that seniors experience. With higher functionality, the quality of life for seniors can increase significantly.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that older adults with a high intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish have better physical function and general health than their counterparts who consume less nutritious food.
By providing healthy options that meet important dietary restrictions will give seniors a higher chance of feeling stronger, living longer and keeping them away from the harmful triggers of depression and dysfunctionality. According to Health Line, 6% of seniors are affected by chronic depression which is brought on and increased by physical/functional limitations.