Zweibach and Peace is very happy to welcome back blogger Grace Beckett to our nook. Grace published a month ago on the theme of infant and childhood oral care. You can read her previous article at: https://debdebbarak.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/the-importance-of-pediatric-dentistry-a-guest-blog-post-by-grace-beckett/. We hope you will enjoy the following article on another important health topic – nutrition for the aging population.
Baby boomers – Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – are believed to be one of the most active generations until their time. However, this generation increasingly seems to be facing health problems like high-cholesterol, high blood pressure as well as diabetes. One of the main causes was found to be obesity which was surprisingly a problem not commonly found in their parents. It is important that this generation takes note of its nutritional needs to battle diseases and stay healthy.
Changes in your body
Baby boomers are a generation who believed in diet fads, but remember, with age your body experiences several changes. Decreasing levels of growth hormones means less muscle development and the tendency of your body to accumulate more fat. Cells and organs function less effectively as you age. Some of the organs that will slow down with age are kidneys, reproductive organs, the brain and the lungs. However, the right nutrition will help your body function better and age slower.
Baby boomer nutrition chart should include the basic dietary guidelines along with a special approach to eating right and including exercise as part of their regimen. When it comes to baby boomer nutrition, many of them think that they can get their nutrients through supplements instead of their diets. Reduce calories and avoid unhealthy fats from processed food. It is also a good idea to include good fats such as olive oil, nuts and avocados. Sometimes however, you may have to take certain supplements as your body loses its capacity to absorb certain vitamins and minerals from your diet.
Increase fiber intake
The aging body will benefit substantially with more fiber. An increased fiber intake will lower cholesterol and slow down the absorption of sugar. Increasing fiber consumption will also reduce your dependence on over-the-counter laxatives. Eating more fruits, vegetables, seeds, oats and whole grains will add more fiber to your diet. However, drastically increasing fiber intake is not a good idea. Make sure you slowly increase the intake and eat only as much as your body can handle.
Baby boomers need to be conscious of not only what they eat, but how much they eat.
With declining metabolic rates and less energy requirements, boomers also need to reduce their calorie intake. Since retirees eat out less, it is important to be able to comprehend the nutrition labels especially on processed food packets. It is important to note the levels of sodium, because too much sodium can cause fluid retention, leading to blood pressure build-up, serious heart conditions and stroke. Head to the nearest library or search the internet to access government websites that provide literature on nutrition education. You can also take the help of a dietitian who can create a personalized baby boomer nutritional chart according to your body’s requirement.
About the author
Grace is an expert associated with The Boomer Way – a website offering baby boomer products, resources and other tips to age gracefully. She writes extensively on aging and ways to fight it.