Nourishment needs of our body changes as we advance by age but at the same tine seniors find it difficult to changes their dietary habits and follow doctor’s advice. But its imperative for seniors to implement the nutritionist recommendations on food and water intake in real time. All of us rely on doctor’s advice to take all our major health decisions, but when it comes to nutrition advice then sometimes we may diversify from the correct path to eating habits and implementation of food habits. Increasing water intake and consumption of more protein are two most important recommendations that seniors receive from nutritionists but rarely any senior give so much importance to understand why and how a person can increase the water and protein intake.
Check out the nutrition recommendations that are frequently recommended by nutritionists and how to implement these recommendations when you are most likely want to do it:
The chances of dehydration increase when our body takes fewer fluids than our body’s actual requirement.T he problem of dehydration is more in seniors as they felt less thirsty and their total consumption of other beverages and another water content food is on the lesser side. Also, when the age advances, seniors take different types of medicines for the treatment of different diseases, and this increases the need for more fluids in their body.
The problem of dehydration leads to fatigue, hot or cold sensations, muscle cramping, constipation with the dryness of mouth and changes in blood pressure with other abnormalities like increase or decrease in blood sugar levels and electrolytes. People who are above 65 years of age should drink at least two liters of water in a day and those who are suffering from any kidney or heart problem then they should drink more water as recommended by nutritionists
To meet the requirement of water, you should keep water in any form in your arm’s reach as it helps a lot to drink more water. If your urine is dark pale yellow in color, then you should increase the amount of water. It is important to note that water includes all types of fruits or vegetables whose water content is on the high side. Seniors should also drink tea, coffee, soup, soy milk, milk to meet the daily requirement of water.
Protein is one of the important resources to increase the immunity of the body and muscles, and lack of protein makes the body more prone to infections with subsequent cases of broken bones and pressure sores that makes the movement difficult.Lack of protein in elders is one of the rising problems and leads to various dental issues, fatigue and loss of appetite and in case, any injury or wound occurs then healing time increases. Seniors ignore this fact as they find it difficult to cook and chew protein rich foods. But the reality is that seniors need more of protein than they think. As per the recommendations 45 grams of protein is recommended for senior women and 60 grams for senior men. To be more specific it’s better to speak to a registered dietitian. To meet the specific requirements, make sure to eat enough of protein by eating protein from meal or snacks resources. In case it seems as difficult to chew or swallow protein diet by old people then it can be taken in liquid forms like protein milk, yogurt, soy milk, protein smoothies and other protein supplements. But an excess of everything is bad, and this goes for protein as well. Seek nutritionist’s advice to get the right idea on your body requirement of protein.