Nutrition For older people

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Healthy eating and nutrtion is for older people even more important than for younger. It is impacted by some different factors. One important one is the composition of the body. Due to the fact, that later in life the body will lose bone muscle mass and gain fat. This is normal, because in later years in life the hormones aren’t very active anymore.

There are also some other factors, and with the informations below, we will give you some hints to lead you to a healthy life – no matter how old you may be.

Water

The most important component. With the age, the water in the body decreases and the risk for getting dehydrated will go up. Sometimes you dont feel thirsty or other times you dont want to get up to get a glass of water.
But you should keep one thing in mind: You should drink at least 1 ounce of water for every 2.2 punds of weight over the day.

Protein

Protein is very important in the later years. It supports immune system and prevent the wasting of muscles. If energy needs are less, elderly people should eat high quality protein such as fish, poultylean meats,
and eggs.

 

Carbs and fiber

Carbohydrates is one of the main source of energy for
your entire body. carbs are in pasta, bread, cereals and other grain products.  A diet
that’s high in fiber and water will help you.

Fat

The consume of Fat in an higher age should be reduced but not completly eliminated. Frying is probably not
the best way to cook, and also you should consider more like lean meats and low fat dairy products

Iron

Iron defincieency can be seen most on people who dont eat much. You can good iron by eating lean red meats and breakfast cereals

Zinc

The bad thing on Zinc is, that on one side, you need it, but on the other hand it’s not bsorbed by the body very well.
A good diet to meet the requirments for Zinc should include poultry, fish and meat.

Calcium

Most of the elderly folks are not getting enough Calcium. Most believe
that milk upsets their stomach, and therefore they
will avoid it.They should be getting around 1,500
mg of calcium a day. Youghurt , broccoli and low fat cheese are good calcium resources.
If the milk is really upsetting the stomach you can use nonfat powdered milk as substitutes.

Vitamin B12

Many elderly people dont suffer from a deficiency in B12. Most of the time it is caused by a condition which is called atrophic gastritis.
This condition is causes , bacterial overgrowth and inflammation of the stomachthe intrinsic factor.

 

 


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