Cerna’s Smart Guide for Better Nutrition
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO EAT RIGHT AT ANY AGE?
Good nutrition at any age is not really an option – it is a requirement for the best physical and mental function. Eating well helps us to age well. Think of healthy food as the clean fuel our bodies need to function, but also as preventative medicine.
Combined with exercise, eating well can prevent or slow down the progress of many chronic illnesses, such as:
Without a healthy diet, you might risk any of the below needed functions.
• Food’s nutrients support the activities of day-to-day living
• Food’s nutrients protect your cells from environmental damage
• Food’s nutrients repair any cellular damage that might occur
• Food’s protein rebuilds injured tissue
• Food’s nutrients promote a healthy immune system
• Food’s carbohydrates and fats fuel your body
• Food’s vitamins and minerals support your body’s processes
• Food’s vitamins A, C and E, act as antioxidants to protect your cells against toxins
• Food’s vitamin B help you extract energy from the foods you eat
• Food’s calcium and phosphorus keep your bones strong
• Food’s sodium and potassium help to transmit nerve signals
WHAT IS EATING RIGHT OVER 50?
As we age, we require fewer calories and more nutrients. Seniors have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol and high blood pressure than the rest of the adult population.
These diseases can be prevented or controlled through healthy eating and regular physical activity.
Consider this – eating right can mean the difference between independence and a life spent relying on others. CALORIE INTAKE GUIDELINES: Provided by the National institute of Agingo.
4 SIMPLE TIPS FOR EATING RIGHT:
1. Cook your own food (use leftovers and take your food when away from home).
2. Avoid processed foods, fast food and sugary drinks.
3. Eat in moderation.
4. Drink at least 35 oz. of filtered water a day.
Suggested food group servings for older adults.