Eating healthy goes far beyond merely avoiding sickness and disease. It’s about enjoying a fuller, more vibrant life altogether. Every micro decision has the ability to support your overall longevity. Quality of life in older adults is increasingly important as the benefits or drawbacks of daily choices catch up with you.
Either you’ll be thankful you adopted a healthy lifestyle early on, or you’ll experience the effects of prolonged unhealthy habits. That is the reality we all face in life. Thankfully, making a strong effort toward your health is always beneficial. Should the following list inspire you, consuming superfoods more regularly will help you do just that.
What Makes a ‘Super’ Food?
The list of food choices is endless. However, not everything listed is considered a ‘superfood’. Why is that? Well, it has to do with nutrition density. The more dense a food is in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and the like — the more it is considered a ‘superfood’. It provides an extra boost of dietary nutrition along with other foods you consume each day.
Here are three superfoods older adults should incorporate into their diet:
1. Dark Leafy Greens, including Spirulina & Chlorella
Dark leafy greens, including spirulina and chlorella, are diverse with key nutrients and benefits. Dark leafy greens are high in folate, fiber, and carotenoids. Carotenoids are beneficial because they boost your immune system and contain high amounts of antioxidants to protect you from disease. They also contain loads of vitamin K, reducing the threat of blood clots and strengthening your bones against fracture.
Types of dark leafy green vegetables:
- Leaf Lettuce
- Collard greens
- Swiss chard
- Romaine lettuce
- Dandelion greens
Spirulina and chlorella are vital in cleaning up toxins in your blood and tissues. They combat cellular damage, reducing cognitive diseases.
Sardines are a powerful superfood that is worth adding to your shopping cart. One single sardine is known to have as much as 15 grams of protein and a moderate amount of healthy fat. Its micronutrients are also highly impressive.
Sardines are low in mercury and high in:
- Omega 3s
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin E
- RNA and DNA
These vitamins and minerals improve insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, lower risk of heart disease, prevent cancer, and reduce age-related macular degeneration. Not to mention, sardines are also good for a glowing complexion.
Tumeric is a golden superfood helping anyone suffering from arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections, allergies, depression and so much more.
Additional benefits of Tumeric consumption include:
- Lowering inflammation
- Boosting cognitive function
- Balancing cholesterol levels
- Supporting cardiovascular health
- Detoxifying the liver
- Improving joint and bone health
- Preventing fine lines and wrinkles
You can consume Tumeric in pill form, tea, or powder, or buy turmeric roots at your local grocery store. However you choose to consume turmeric, you are doing your body a favor by including this superfood in your daily diet.
When it comes to your daily eating habits, be intentional about your choices. You are the gatekeeper of what you consume. Many medical conditions result from poor nutrition and bad lifestyle habits. Thankfully, you’re in charge and have the ability to take steps toward a healthier future.
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Better health and healing are possible with the right professional oversight and daily nutrition. At South Coast Post Acute, we deliver the services needed to restore health, regain autonomy and reduce the occurrences of rehospitalization.
South Coast Post Acute is here for you, at any age. Our innovative care, experienced staff, and welcoming accommodations combine to bring you the high level of care you’ve come to expect from Southern California’s leading post-acute provider.
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