Maintaining proper nutrition as you get older

Eating right is important for older individuals, because a balanced diet can keep the body strong and support a healthy immune system as well as a more positive mental outlook. Cooking may be more difficult as you age, but you should still follow these guidelines for healthier eating as you age. 

Avoid over-salting food

Your tastes may change as you get older, so you might find yourself adding more salt to your food. However, you may be more susceptible to high blood pressure, so you should use other strategies for seasoning your food. A wedge of lemon can add some acid to food, which will reduce the need for salt. Fresh herbs are also a delicious and healthy addition to any food. 

Continue to eat fruits and veggies

Fresh fruits and vegetables will provide you with essential vitamins and nutrients and keep your calorie count at an appropriate level. Plus, the fiber you get from fresh produce will help you maintain a healthy digestive system.

Enjoy lean proteins

Protein can keep you full and restore muscle tissue, which tends to become weakened with age. The best sources of protein include fish, skinless poultry and non-animal foods such as peanuts and soy. It is best to avoid animal fats in fattier cuts of meat, butter and full-fat dairy products. 

Supplement your calcium intake 

To keep your bones and joints strong, you will want to eat more calcium and vitamin D. In addition to low-fat milk, you should consume leafy green vegetables like kale, chard and spinach. 

At Independence Village, you can enjoy healthy and delicious meals prepared by their in-house chefs every day. To see more of what Independence Village has to offer in your retirement, visit their website or call 630-357-3922.

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