Food is Medicine

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Food is Medicine

One thing people should never overlook is the impact of food on Senior Health and Fitness. We all know being sick isn’t much fun, and maintaining a fit, a healthy body means less illness, inflammation and pain. It can also mean less medication and fewer visits to the doctor, saving you time and money.

Nutrition

It is so important to focus on nutrition when making daily food choices. You want to eat foods that contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help keep your muscles, bones and organs strong. Foods high in omega-3 can help boost the immune system, making it easier to fight off illness. Focus on low-glycemic foods that help keep blood sugar and blood pressure within a normal range. If money is an issue, check supermarket flyers for discounts and coupons.

Foods to Eat

Focus as much as you can on eating leafy greens, vegetables, fruits and fish. Nuts, eggs and lean meats are also excellent choices. It is a good idea to eat as many superfoods as you can, as they are nutritionally-dense. Some good options include kale, spinach, broccoli, avocado, tomatoes, cauliflower, asparagus, garlic, blueberries, apples, walnuts, almonds, sweet potatoes, green tea, sardines and wild salmon. Herbs and spices can also have a positive effect on your health. Studies show that turmeric, cinnamon and lemon juice have a particularly strong effect on lowering blood sugar, and in helping people maintain good health.

Foods to Avoid

Try to avoid eating processed foods as much as possible; they are often loaded with sodium and chemicals. One neat trick is to check the ingredients list; you want to choose items with as few ingredients as possible, and you want to recognise what most of them are! In general, try to limit high-glycemic foods that spike your blood sugar like wheat, sugar, potatoes, and rice. Also, avoid most vegetable oils. They can cause inflammation and are not good for heart health. Only use extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil whenever possible.

Optimal Health

Simply moving around as much as you can on a daily basis can have a huge impact on optimal health. Try to walk at least 15-20 minutes daily if you can, and don’t forget to exercise your brain by doing puzzles, and playing games. Social interactions can have a positive influence on mood. The goal should be to have as much energy and happiness in your life as possible. In the end, your quality of life is the thing that matters most.

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