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Dietary Tips for Seniors that Improve Energy and Health

Posted by David Ghiorso, CPA, July 25, 2017

Good nutrition is the foundation of health and wellness, and many mature adults are learning more about the importance of well-balanced meals. Young adults can eat what they want without feeling the immediate impact of their dietary choices. On the other hand, mature adults feel the effects when they aren’t eating foods that support energy and overall health.

If you are looking for ways to boost your health, then you should consider these dietary habits that will give you more energy:

Lean Protein Consumption

The amino acids in protein are the building blocks for muscles and immune support. Mature adults have a high risk of broken bones, muscle degeneration, and infections. By increasing your protein consumption, it is possible to boost the immune system, rebuild muscle, and decrease the risk of these problems.

Women should be eating at least 45 grams, and men should consume a minimum of 65 grams of protein per day. Add lean protein sources into your diet, such as tuna, chicken, egg whites, or string cheese.

Antioxidants in Fruits and Vegetables

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables will supply your body with the healing antioxidants that help to reduce the risk of certain diseases. Include raw, fresh fruits and veggies with every meal. The fiber will aid digestion, and you will notice a change in your energy levels.

Stay Hydrated

The amount of water that you drink each day can directly affect energy levels. Dehydration causes the body to slow down, and it can lead to other health problems such as blood pressure changes, constipation, dry skin, dry eyes, headaches, and muscle cramps. If you want to stay active, then you need to be sure that you are getting at least 2 liters of water per day.

Dehydration is common in mature adults, and there are some medications and health conditions that might require more water intake. So, it is best to talk with your doctor to find out the recommended amount that you should be drinking each day.

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