Eating healthy this month

Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Irene Hough, Director of Home Instead in Southport and Crosby.

As we get older in life our immune and digestive systems become less effective. It is vital that we maintain our intake and the right nutrition in order to gain the most out of what we consume.

Healthy eating includes consuming high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in the foods you take in while minimizing processed foods, saturated fats and alcohol. Eating in this way not only helps maintain a balanced diet, it can improve daily bodily functions and boosts the immune system.

If you are not used to eating a healthy diet, making gradual changes can help you improve the way you eat in the long run. You can replace high-calorie, sugary drinks for water, for example, and switch from full-fat to low-fat dairy products. Select lean meats instead of fatty cuts and whole-wheat grains instead of refined grains. Snacking on fresh fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples and cucumber slices is healthier than snacking on crisps or chips.

Many people are not used to eating healthy, but it can be considered a gradual process and can help improve the way you eat in the long run. Replacing certain aspects such as fizzy drinks for water, full fat milk for a low fat version, or fatty cuts of meat for a leaner portion. All can assist in eating healthier and cut out snacking on unhealthy foods.

All of this can improve the following:

Improves Mood:  Doing right by your body can improve your state of mind as well. Eating healthy and maintaining a regular amount of exercise helps improve your mood.

Combats Diseases: Healthy habits can help prevent certain health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, by boosting high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol and decreasing unhealthy triglycerides. This in turn helps combat cardiovascular diseases and problems which can occur.

Boosts Energy: Everyone at some point has experienced your energy drop from eating higher amounts of saturated fats and sugars. When you eat healthier options, it boosts the amount of energy and therefore fuels the body for a day of activity.

Everyone at some point has experienced your energy drop from eating higher amounts of saturated fats and sugars. When you eat healthier options, it boosts the amount of energy and therefore fuels the body for a day of activity.

Improves Longevity: Eating healthier can improve life expectancy, it’s that simple.

Controls Weight: Eating correctly and maintaining a portion size helps to control the amount of weight you lose and gain and can aid in battling certain diseases related to weight problems.

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