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Staying Healthy as You Age

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Old age is unavoidable for all of us. As we grow older, our bodies become frailer, and our internal organs start to decline. This is why we are not only encouraged to stay active and healthy but also to follow a proper diet for the wellbeing of the body. Elderly folks, as well as younger people taking care of the elderly, should know a few things about proper nourishment for the body.

Fiber is a key element in staying healthy. Consuming foods rich in fiber such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits ensures health benefits like protection against cardiovascular diseases and chronic disorders. It also facilitates bowel movement since constipation affects older adults more as a result of taking certain pills and drinking less water. According to health specialists, intake of dietary fiber should be at least 14 grams for every 1,000 calories taken. Other sources of fiber are dry beans, green peas, cereal grains, dried prunes, figs, and sweet potatoes.

A high salt intake is bound to heighten the possibility of heart sickness and high blood pressure. Too much salt is present in foods like processed meat (ham, bacon, etc.), snack items and different condiments or sauces. Drinking water minimizes the effects of a high salt intake. Make sure to drink plenty of water to enhance the vital functions of your body. A minimum of eight glasses of water per day is recommended. It keeps you hydrated especially if you engage in physical activities.

Refrain from eating foods with excessive fat like pastries, sweets, and junk food. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and yogurt with reduced sugar and fat. Avoid carbonated drinks, alcohol and coffee as they cause water retention. Exercise moderately through walking, swimming or biking. You may also find physical activities to do in the comfort of your own home.

Your health should always be a top priority. Remember, you can live a healthy lifestyle at any age. You can formulate a nourished eating plan. If you have certain ailments, make sure to follow your prescription and take the recommended medicines. Lastly, visit your doctor regularly for medical advice and check-ups.

Keep in mind that the assistance of a home nursing care professional from Specialty Care Services can help you prepare and maintain a reasonable schedule of exercise, treatment and medications. Do not hesitate to call us any time.

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