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Eating well: how seniors can make better food choices

Eating well: how seniors can make better food choices

Sometimes the thought of following healthy diet can be overwhelming because nutrition and body science is tricky. Because so many foods are available to us, and the temptation to make choices that have convenience in mind rather than nutritional value, we often don’t eat a well-balanced diet. Our nutritional needs change as we get older. Our appetites change, our metabolism slows down and foods that we once were able to easily digest can cause irritation or constipation. If we are less active, we do not need to consume as many calories. Just like anything else that needs fuel to operate, our bodies need proper fuel to function as well. When we don’t have the protein, good fats and carbohydrates that our bodies need, we might find ourselves becoming increasingly sluggish and lethargic. A recent study showed that unhealthy eating creates a whopping 66% increase in risk of nonproductive behaviors such as fidgeting with your smart phone to keep from nodding off.   Choose the right foods Certain unhealthy foods (such as caffeinated drinks, foods high in trans fats and low in fibre) increase our body’s stress level through a hormone named cortisol. Foods full of nutrients such as Vitamin C and magnesium help to significantly reduce these levels. Try increasing your intake of dark berries, wild salmon, olive oil and garlic. Food can also help us to be happier! For example, did you know that bananas have a hefty dose of dopamine, the feel good hormone in the brain? Things such as dark chocolate (yes, dark chocolate!) can help regulate serotonin levels to reduce stress. Children aren’t the only...
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