We all know that eating a nutritious diet is important for health and development, but getting enough nutrients from your food becomes more challenging as you get older. While older appetites decrease, the body’s ability to absorb nutrients decreases as well – so you’re not only eating less, you’re getting less from what you eat.
More than ever for older adults, it’s important to maximize your nutritional intake. Using helpful supplements like Cellgevity not only boosts your glutathione levels for a strengthened immune system, it helps provide useful nutrients for your body. To stay healthy long into your old age, one of the most important ways you can do is to make smart food choices.
For example, according to Harvard Medical School while one slice of white bread has about 70 calories, it provides only a few vitamins and minerals. In contrast, a slice of whole-wheat bread has roughly the same amount of calories but four times the amount of potassium and magnesium and three times the zinc.
To give your body the nutrients it needs you need to eat a variety of foods that are considered nutrient-rich – mainly whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables. It’s important to realize that many of these foods also contain fiber which provides important benefits for older people. Fiber helps to prevent constipation and lower cholesterol.
Here are three of our favorite nutrient-rich foods to keep in mind when you plan your meals.
Fish is a good source of protein that isn’t high in saturated fats. Fatty fish like salmon and tuna are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which provide big benefits to cardiovascular health, cellular health, and brain and nerve function. If you’re worried about mercury, avoid predatory fishes like shark, swordfish, and king mackerel. You can also supplement your diet with Max357 Omega Oil blend if you want to ensure you’re getting enough Omega-3s (or maybe you just really don’t like the taste of fish!)
Beans not only are high in low-fat protein, they’re also packed with fiber so they provide a lot of benefits. There are many types of beans, including lentils, black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, and pinto beans. However, of all the types of beans, only soybeans contain all nine amino acids to compare with meat protein. You can combine beans with nuts, seeds, and dairy products to create complete proteins – for example:
- Black beans with rice or couscous
- Garden peas with almonds or cheese
- Peanut butter on whole-wheat bread
Dairy products contain good nutrients in addition to building strong bones and supporting the immune system. Fermented products, like greek yogurt and kefir, also contain probiotics which promotes good digestion. Greek yogurt and kefir tend to have less sodium and fewer carbs than standard yogurt (especially the sweet flavored varieties) and contain more protein. You can eat them by themselves as a snack, but you can get creative with them as well. Add them to smoothies for more flavor and nutrients, or try using them as salad dressings.
To make the most of your nutrient intake do not forget to drink water – which is perhaps the MOST essential nutrient. Staying hydrated keeps all of your body’s systems running smoothly by keeping you regular, removing toxins from your system, and helping to maintain a healthy blood pressure. When drinking try to avoid sugary drink substitutes. If you need to up your nutrient intake, use Max N~Fuze for added multivitamins, direct and indirect antioxidants to empower your immune system and support cellular health.
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