Establishing a wholesome, sound diet plan is a wise first step in acquiring a state of healthy aging.
As one ages, the body demands more defined nutrients, preferably assimilated through a healthy diet of eating well. Most elderly American diets do not provide proper vitamin intake.
The most extreme shortages are:
Vitamin A-rich foods, like cantaloupe, dark, leafy greens and carrots.
Whole grains, beans, and fish for more B6.
Bell pepper and broccoli provide good amounts of Vitamin C.
Yogurt, salmon and eggs top a list for Vitamin D intake.
Olive oil and nuts are rich with Vitamin E.
Wheat germ, lamb, and pumpkin seeds provide needed zinc. (Zinc is important an important nutrient for older males—it helps ensure a healthy prostate.)
Proteins, found in foods like meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are also missing from the typical senior diet.
The healthy aging diet should include hefty servings of foods rich in the Omega-3 fatty acids, necessary for bodily inflammation reduction, lowering triglycerides and cholesterol, and the prevention of cancer cell activity. Foods containing healthy amounts of Omega-3 include flax seeds, salmon, soybeans and walnuts.
Healthy eating for seniors additionally calls for the elimination of refined white sugar. Many canned and bottled foods contain large amounts of this white, crystalline body health destroyer. Read those labels!
Food labeling can be deceptive because sugar also includes cleverly disguised words like glucose, sucrose, maple and corn syrup, and brown sugar. These so-named products are impostors as they all act the same way within the body as does refined white sugar.
Refined white sugar robs the body of the B vitamin complex, contains a high calorie count and is a complete, empty carbohydrate causing unhealthy weight gain along with unbalanced blood sugar levels. Attaining a sound state of healthy aging is impossible if this ‘junk food’ is found within a healthy diet plan. If a diet plan is designed to lose weight, forego cake, pie, sodas . . . Even alcohol is a sugar that piles on unwanted poundage.
Healthy aging also calls for a diet of exercise. One does not need an exercise plan to win an Olympic event—twenty minutes of daily walking is a good start. As one’s body ages, the ability to lift heavy poundage decreases. Aim for increasing repetitions with very light weight. Make the healthy choice to join a facility that caters to aging people.
The road leading to healthy aging is populated with signposts containing good information; however one must decide to heed the suggestions to achieve success. Aging people, currently healthy, also benefit with lower payments for Medicare Supplement Plan F.
The Medicare Supplement Plan F provides essential, full coverage for all Medicare-approved services. Whether one needs hospital service, a full exam or even a doctor’s visit, Plan F eliminates any and all deductibles and co-pays. If Medicare approves the procedure, Medicare Supplement Plan F will pay what original Medicare doesn’t.