Aging is an inevitable process of life. It is vital that a person continues to nourish their body appropriately over the years. Seniors are generally poorly nourished as they undergo changes in their appetite and their sense of taste and smell decline with age causing food to appear less appealing to them.
One’s body becomes less efficient in digesting and absorbing minerals and nutrients which makes them prone to medical conditions such as osteoporosis. To ensure a well-balanced aging process, an older person should consume extra amounts of the following essential nutrients:
- Calcium to maintain healthy bones.
- Vitamin D to ensure efficient calcium absorption by the body.
- Vitamin B12 for the regeneration of red blood cells and healthy nervous system.
- Zinc to help boost the body’s immune system.
- Potassium to help cope with high blood pressure or the use of diuretic drugs.
- Folic acid to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Fiber to prevent constipation.