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Finding Joy and Health in Nutrition

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - March 11, 2012

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When it comes to healthy eating, the benefits seniors will reap are incredible. Growing older often brings a distinct feeling of losing control, which can be distressing to many. While we cannot control many of the changes our body makes as it ages, we can be in charge of what we put into it. Healthy eating not only makes us feel better physically, but can have additional benefits as well. The body, mind and soul will improve with proper and well-thought out nutrition.

First and foremost, good nutrition will keep your body strong and protect your bones, muscles and other essential parts of the body. The more vitamins you can get through your meals, the better. You will get sick less often and also reduce the risk of incurring devastating illness like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Some studies suggest that certain types of cancer can also be avoided by eating a nutritious diet.

Your mind also becomes sharper as you eat smartly. Think of all the colors of the rainbow, and try to include as many of them into your diet as you can. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables – especially those that are leafy – as well as fish and nuts that carry the essential omega-3 fatty acids will keep your memory and cognition thriving. Some experts agree that omega-3 can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, which can greatly reduce the quality of life an individual experiences in their later years due to its symptoms of severe memory loss and feelings of fear and confusing. Finally, eating whole and healthy foods will make you look better. Aging can occur more gracefully and give your whole body and personality a vibrant glow.

Many seniors have no idea not only what foods to eat toward a nutritious lifestyle, but also how many calories then need each day. As a general rule, a woman over the age of 50 who do not exercise often need around 1600 calories. Add an additional 200 calories for those who are moderately active. Those who are very active and exercise daily can require up to 2000 calories per day. For men, sedentary seniors need 2000 calories, while moderately active males can require around 2200-2400 calories. Finally, a very active senior man can take in up to 2800 calories per day. These and other statistics can be found through the National Institute of Aging, which has some of the most up-to-date information when it comes to seniors eating healthily for joy and vibrancy in the later years of life.

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