The promise of longevity and healthy aging: seniors and their caregivers (and lots of others) are constantly on the lookout for the next great thing, including foods or beverages, carrying that label.
Many of our senior loved ones and their caregivers have heard about a recent diet that promises to reduce the inflammation often linked to chronic diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. While we do know that chronic low grade inflammation is unhealthy, the research is still lacking to prove that there is a diet that will reverse inflammation.
Many popular diets are encouraging seniors to eliminate whole food groups to help prevent inflammation. This practice is not recommended by health professionals as it can be harmful and carries no proven benefits.
What we do know that can be healthy for seniors as they age
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables – fresh and frozen varieties to build a rainbow
- Eat fish, fish oil supplements and walnuts to get adequate amounts of healthy fats
- Include sources of whole grains daily
- Include sources of lean protein and low fat dairy everyday (seniors tend to eliminate these foods just when they need them most)
- Reduce amounts of saturated and trans fats
- Avoid refined and overly processed foods
- Drink alcohol only in moderation
- Spice up your meals with seasonings other than salt
Until there is more research to support other more drastic changes in your senior loved one’s diet, we can incorporate these healthy lifestyle changes recommended based on adequate research as part of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To read more about these recommendations, you may want to read our guest posts from NutritionForTheHealthOfIt.
These suggestions can help your senior loved ones feel better and be healthier as they age. We would love for you to share some of your recipes or suggestions about how you helped your senior with diet and lifestyle changes for health!