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Diet Changes with Age

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an ongoing process. Eating a good meal and exercising helps in keeping us energized and focused throughout our daily routines. As we age, though, we notice we can’t eat certain foods, start gaining weight and lose lean body mass. Due to this, it is important to look at our current diet and decide how to modify it.

Growing older means our bodies start to slow down. Along with losing body mass, our metabolic rates decline, causing us to eat less than what we did in the past. Surprising as that sounds, there are a few other changes going on at the same time. With age, we start losing our senses of smell and taste. When this happens, we search for food that are high in flavor; and the two tastes that we can still feel are sweet and sour. Because of this, we search for sweet and sour foods, making unhealthy choices.

Eating sweet and sour foods is not the only problem, however, when it comes to this new diet change. When cooking meals, senior citizens will add more salt to the dishes than necessary, for them to “taste” the food. While salt heightens the flavor of most foods, adding too much leads to other health complications. Salt draws water out of cells in the body, leaving you feeling dehydrated and bloated.

Fortunately, there are several ways to handle this. Eating 2-3 servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day helps bring in those essential vitamins the body needs, along with eating food high in calcium. In addition, varying your sources of protein opens multiple options for what you’ll eat next. Other options you can look at – aside from hamburgers or a medium-done steak – include fish, vegetables, chicken, eggs, and nuts. When cooking any of these healthy options, instead of overusing the saltshaker, use herbs and other spices in your cabinet. Along with all this, drinking lots of water, practicing food portion control, and increasing your daily physical activity will help you avoid gaining unwanted weight.

At Diamond Chiropractic, we explain the importance of a healthy diet, along with regular chiropractic care and rest. Through examination and observation, we can discover what may be causing your condition(s) due to food-related choices you make daily. We explain how you are affected by imbalances in certain zones of the body; more specifically, imbalances in Zones 2 and Zone 4. With chiropractic care, we provide lifestyle advice that can help with making wise food choices, and how you can add a little more flavor in every meal.