While it’s important to be conscious of your health at any age, it becomes increasingly important as you get older. As we age, our bodies continue to change, and being informed and prepared to adapt to these changes is key. Continue reading for a list of the top nutrition tips to prioritize.
As you’ve probably heard over the years, we should try to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day. If you are starting from nothing, it’s okay to start small—drink one more glass of water each day over the course of a couple days, and you’ll be consistently hydrated in no time!
There are plenty of reasons to drink water, as well! It can help control calories when substituted for sugary drinks, and its hydrating properties help prevent wrinkles on your skin. Our kidneys rid our bodies of toxins, and having more water to pass through the kidneys helps purify our bodies!
Include Important Nutrients in Your Diet
This includes foods that are high in fiber (i.e., beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables) and Vitamin D (i.e., eggs, mushrooms, tuna, breakfast cereal and cheese). Try to avoid foods that are high in sodium or look for low-sodium options. According to the National Council on Aging, you should consume the following types of foods at each meal:
- Lean protein (lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans)
- Fruits and vegetables (think orange, red, green, and purple)
- Whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat pasta)
- Low-fat dairy (milk and its alternatives)
Read the Nutrition Facts Label
When you buy packaged foods, shop smart—read the labels to find items that are lower in fats, sugars and sodium. Learn how to read these labels and be a more knowledgeable consumer.
With these tips in mind, you will be a healthier consumer and feel better physically. Comment below with your own tips for healthy eating and living!