Say No To Senility And Say Yes To Nutritious Food
Ageing is an inevitable process of the human body, which brings about physical changes that can affect your physical and mental health and completely change the way we live. As we age, the body slows down in a sense; its immune system decreases, which also makes it prone to catching various diseases much easier.
Conditions, such as high blood pressure, arthritis, and even lung disease are very common in the elderly and require special attention. For this reason, a great number of people over 60 rely on affordable health insurance programs like Medicare to help them cover medical and nursing home costs. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in Australia, approximately 94% of people aged 65 years and over live in private dwellings, 67% of which reside in nursing homes. But the question worth examining is, how can the elderly maintain a healthy and active life well into their 60s and 70s? How does one put off senility and enjoys the vibrancy of life even in their golden years?
Start with your diet
Did you know that food is actually considered to be a form of medicine? As mind boggling as it may sound at first, it sure is the truth. Just think about it; when consuming the right kind and the right amount of unprocessed organic food, your body receives valuable nutrients that help protect its immune system, and ensure it gets enough energy.
Foods such as spinach, bananas, chicken, and believe it or not, even dark chocolate are great sources of protein, iron, and myriads of essential vitamins that provide sufficient energy and help the body recuperate. What is more, once the system absorbs the necessary minerals, it easily fights off undesirable bacteria, which in turn can prevent the onset of various diseases.
Foods such as blueberries are renown for their high antioxidant, high fibre and low sugar content. This means they fight the oxidants (the 'bad guys') that damage cells, such as braincells, and cause them to age rapidly.
All foods high in omega 3 (salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds, tuna, avocado) are essential in assisting the fight against dementia and Alzheimer's Disease as they help keep the structure of the cells strong and intact. Every cell in your body is surrounded by a phospholipid layer - 'lipid' meaning fat, healthy fat such as omega 3.
Spices such as cinnamon are also well known to help reduce the incidence of dementia by regulating your blood sugar levels. Add some spice to your life!
Use your blender
Many elderly people are hesitant to consume certain (raw) foods either due to their inability to chew on them or for digestive reasons. However, there is a secret solution - the blender. If you find that your body is having a hard time digesting foods like nuts and raw vegetables, grind them up in a blender and wait until they become softer in consistency. Once you achieve the texture you think your body will be able to handle well, feel free to consume it. Soups are also hugely beneficial for the same reason - the cooking process begins the breakdown of vegetable fibres, making them easier to consume and digest. Furthermore, when it comes to fruit, instead of struggling with huge bites and chewing until your jaw gets tired, why not use a juicer and get all the vitamins through a refreshing drink?
Even though there is no escape from the golden years, it doesn’t mean you can’t slow down the aging process and avoid serious health complications that may cause you to enter a nursing home. Take time to take care of yourself, and pay close attention to the kind of food you consume. Find healthy alternatives, and rely on food and its beneficial nutrients to help replenish your body and ward off unwanted diseases.