On this WORLD HEALTH DAY we would like to focus how to care for the elders. As one ages, there are marked changes in our physical activities along with our appearance. With age the elders require more nutrient based foods, vitamins, minerals and fibres. In the youth and mid forties – nutritious food helped in maintaining a body. As age proceeds nutritious food is required for maintaining an optimal healthy disease free body.
During the lockdown listed below are some tips which can help the elders:
Fibre Intake: As human ages the gastrointestinal function also slows down. Thus fibre helps in smooth movement of bowels, instead of constipation. Carrots, broccoli, bananas and other high content fibre food are recommended.
Vitamin B12 rich diets: With the elders the acid content decreases in the stomach. The stomach acid acts as a catalyst for extracting B12 from the diet. Thus they should be supplemented with foods which can boost Vitamin B12. Particularly: Cereals, Oats, Porridge and complex carbohydrates.
A good dose of Turmeric and Cinnamon: These are common ingredients in every Indian kitchen. These two are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agents. More so they fight the free radicals. This helps in boosting the immunity among the elders. These can be added in beverages and spiced up to the taste of one’s choice.
More intakes of Fluids: The elders should have at least 2.5 to 3 litres of fluid intake through the day. The fluids help in retaining the correct moisture level in the organs, cells and tissues. The intake should be through the day and not when one is thirsty. Intake of fluid should be avoided after sunset as it night causes disturbed sleep due to urination.
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