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Friday, June 2, 2017

Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging
There are many aspects to consider when thinking about healthy aging including eating healthy, exercising on a regular basis, and keeping your mind active. Fortunately, making small changes in your diet can have an impact on aging.
 
What is on your plate? Next time you sit down to eat, take time to examine what is on your plate.
  • “Eat a rainbow” of fruits and vegetables by including many different colors.
  • Make sure half of the grains you eat are whole grains such as oatmeal, popcorn, brown rice or products that include whole wheat flour.
  • Eat only a small amount of foods with added sugar.
  • Consume foods that contain healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats, like those found in seeds, nuts, avocados and fatty fish like salmon and tuna.
  • Try to include seafood in your meal planning twice a week.
Essential nutrients are also an important part of a healthy diet. These include:
  • Calcium and Vitamin D which aid in maintaining strong bones. Good sources include low-fat or fat-free milk and other calcium rich products, dark green leafy vegetables and foods fortified with calcium.
  • Vitamin B12 which helps aid in the proper formation of red blood cells, brain function and synthesis of DNA. Sources of this vitamin include fish, meat, poultry, and fortified cereals.
  • Fiber-rich foods can help your digestive system stay regular. It also helps reduce your risk for heart disease, weight gain, and type 2 diabetes.

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