Years of these types of decisions can weaken the body and potentially result in a myriad of health challenges. As life advances and the body ages it is essential to re-evaluate a diet that could be causing fatigue to diabetes and so much more in-between.
Whether you are on your own, aiding a person in need or reside in an assisted living facility, these super foods benefit seniors to offer a higher quality of living.
Blueberries are at the top of the medicinal fruit food chain–they are full of life saving antioxidant properties.
Antioxidants have been linked to preventing and combating heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Plus, blueberries are high in fiber and encourage advanced brain function.
According to results from a study published in the Journal of Nutrition and reported in Senior Journal, blueberries and other colorful berries and vegetables “contain high levels of flavonoids, including anthocyanins – water soluble pigments found in many plants – that new research suggests will ward off the disease.”
About a half cup of blueberries (or other bright fruits, like red grapes) one or two times per day is enough to get your system on a good track toward antioxidant strengthening.
Memory and Mood Makeover
As we age we all want to hold on to our priceless memories. However, taxing the system with processed foods and sugars can accumulate and potentially impede our ability to quickly recall events.
Cocoa has been found to possibly enhance memory as well as mood.
A study published in Nature Neuroscience and reported by The Washington Post found that flavanols found in this chocolate compound have the potential to “reverse mild memory loss in older adults.”
Plus, cocoa along with pumpkin seeds have the potential to enable the brain to release “feel good” hormones putting a smile on your face when you least expect it.
The best way to get cocoa is by purchasing it in it’s rawest, powder form (cacao) and mixing it with a non-dairy beverage like rice, soy or hemp milk (lactose in dairy can tax the system, especially for older adults).
Eating a candy bar will not help increase cocoa as there are very little flavanols after processing.
Coconut oil is another potential memory booster as well as a very healthy fat to encourage maintenance of wholesome, beneficial weight.
Add in Acai (Ah-Sah-ee) a Brazilian fruit now poplar in the U.S. and chia seeds for more mental stimulation, concentration and memory.
Eating dark green leafy vegetables is like sending a cavalry of disease fighting troops into your system. Kale for instance has more vitamin C than oranges and more iron than beef.
These essential nutrients are powerful in combating health challenges. Add in raw spinach, collard greens and broccoli to keep your body firing on all cylinders.
Your body craves Omega-3 fatty acids and for good reason. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center they have been linked to “reduc[ing] inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.”
Increase your intake of Omega-3’s by eating salmon, flaxseed, avocados, and nuts (like walnuts, almonds and cashews).
Eating fresh, live, organic (if possible), produce is one of the first steps to maintaining and/or regaining your optimal health. These nutritious choices are recommended for everyone but as a senior, paying close attention to your diet becomes more important than ever..
Seniors and their caregivers alike should know that it’s never too late to re-introduce foods that, if steadfast in consumption, can significantly change the taste buds and the body’s response, all for the better.