Healthy Aging: Nutrition Tips
Canadians are living longer than ever before, and that's great news.
It also means that staying on top of our health needs to stay in focus even into our retirement years.
That doesn't mean you can't have any fun (you may just have earned that treat after dinner), but it is important to keep your nutrition and activities at the top of your mind to ensure you are fit and in good health deep into your years.
Along with the handy ARTA Nutrition Guide, here are some extra tips:
- Many seniors eat more than the recommended amount of salt (sodium).
Try and decrease the amount of salt you use which can greatly reduce your risk of high blood pressure
- Be sure to read food labels.
This will provide you with valuable information about calories, sodium, and other nutritional facts about the foods before you buy.
- Calcium and vitamin D are important for bone health.
Be sure to eat leafy greens, fortified cereals, or supplements to promote strong bone health
- Avocados, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish (like salmon) for essential fatty acids that support heart and brain health.
- Slow down during meals, chew thoroughly, and savour the flavors.
This practice helps in better digestion and can prevent overeating.
- Proteins are essential for helping your body retain lean muscle (including your heat).
Consider healthy proteins such as; meat, fish, chicken, turkey, legumes, nuts, and soy foods (such as tofu).
- Don't skip breakfast.
A healthy and balanced breakfast helps your body burn fuel more efficiently during the day.
- Staying connected with friends and family boosts mental health, encourages healthy habits, and provides emotional support.
- Most importantly, always consult with your primary medical professional.
Regular checkups and consultations will ensure you meet your body's unique needs and your particular health situation
With these tips and the ARTA Nutrition Guide, you are on your way to a healthier future.