Basic Tips for Healthy Independence

As we all age, our bodies begin to require subtle changes in our nutritional requirements. The importance of calcium becomes more and more apparent. While it can be challenging to consume 1200 milligrams (the daily requirement for seniors—about four cups of milk), the benefits from doing so are manyfold. Throughout life, calcium lends itself to bone health and dental health. It can help lower blood pressure, and may ward off colorectal, ovarian and breast cancers.

Likewise, fiber’s benefits to the digestive process as a natural laxative are proven and sometimes a quick-acting method of reducing discomfort. Consuming raw foods, like fruits and vegetables, is an easy-to-remember way for older adults to maintain digestive health without interrupting daily mealtime routines.

Eating fish like salmon or tuna twice weekly, as well as spinach and other foods rich in flaxseed oil, can provide seniors with the Omega-3 fatty acids responsible for reducing inflammation. The health benefits of doing so span from a reduction in chances for heart disease, to cancer prevention, to reducing the risk for arthritis.

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