“As you get older, you eat less than you used to because your metabolism decreases as you age,” explains Kari Johnson, PhD, RN, HonorHealth Longevity Institute. “Good nutrition gives you energy, helps control your weight and lowers your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.”
Think about everything you eat or drink to help you make healthy choices. Here are some recommendations to help you along the way:
- Plan meals and snacks.
- Fill up on fruit, veggies, proteins and whole grains.
- Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation.
It’s important that you talk to your primary care doctor about your dietary needs as you age. You may need a diet with limited salt, increased fiber or fewer calories. Find a doctor.
Drink enough liquids
Some people lose their sense of thirst as they age. It’s important for your body to have plenty of fluids each day – especially water – so you don’t get dehydrated. Water helps you digest food, absorb nutrients and get rid of unused waste.
Cut back on alcohol
As you age, alcohol can cause dehydration and keep your medications from working the way they should. It also increases your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, sexually transmitted diseases or getting injured from a fall.
About the HonorHealth Longevity Institute
The HonorHealth Longevity Institute is dedicated to advancing the care of older adults. We offer various education classes, resources and wellness tips to help with aging.