Making Informed Dietary Choices

Making Informed Dietary Choices

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In March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, a time to highlight the significance of eating healthy, especially as we become older. It is becoming increasingly important to be aware of the food choices we make and to have access to information on nutrition as our bodies experience physiological changes over time.

As we age, we face a number of dietary challenges, such as diminished appetite, changed taste perception, dental issues, and managing chronic medical conditions. As a result, preserving a balanced diet is crucial in fostering general health and wellbeing as one ages.

Prioritizing nutrient dense foods including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats while reducing consumption of sodium, added sugars, and unhealthy fats is an efficient way. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in these meals are vital for maintaining cognitive function, strengthening the immune system, and maintaining bone density. Adequate protein intake is also essential for healthy aging, as it helps maintain muscle mass, improves strength, and support overall physical health.

In addition, seek advice from healthcare professionals and online resources such as MyPlate and MedlinePlus to help make informed dietary choices. These platforms provide insights and tools to help navigate the complexities of nutritional needs. Individuals can actively support their health and mobility as they age by eating nutrient-dense foods, prioritizing protein intake, and taking advantage of educational resources.

 

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