There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes, ““He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.”
This is incredibly true, and your diet determines the state of your health. Most health problems can be prevented if one just ate right. The hard truth is that by the time sickness arrives, it is too late.
Prevention is better than cure. If you’ve been eating healthy and watching your diet from your forties, by the time you reach your seventies, you’ll be in much better health than your peers. Nevertheless, it’s never too late to start.
Below you’ll find a list of common problems that seniors will face. There are steps you can take to prevent these problems. What matters is that you proactively take them instead of burying your head in the sand and thinking it will not happen to you.
1. Fatty liver
This is the result of a diet high in processed foods and saturated fat. The best way to prevent it is to consume more vegetables and fruit. Avoid alcohol and high GI-foods.
2. Prostate cancer
One of the most common forms of cancer in men. Consuming garlic oil that comes in capsule form can help because it’s antioxidant and antiviral in nature. It would be a good idea to eat oily fish such as salmon, tuna, etc. that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Alternatively, you could consume a fish oil supplement.
Stress can arise from loneliness or coping with the disease. Foods such as asparagus, which is high in folic acid, will help to improve your mood. Other foods to consume are almonds, spinach, fatty fish, blueberries, and avocado.
4. High cholesterol
Once again, this is a result of a poor diet, which leads to inflammation and high cholesterol. Switch to a vegetarian diet that’s rich in fiber for about a month or two. You can also boil water, add in a few thin slices of ginger and drink it daily for a month to see positive results.
Avoid foods high in sugar. Minimize your consumption of simple carbohydrates such as white rice, pasta, bread, pastries, etc.
6. Gut issues
With age comes a more sluggish gut. Fiber is essential in a senior’s diet. Consume dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach to improve digestion and gut health.
7. Low testosterone
This affects most men. You can remedy this to some extent by eating vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, and garlic. Cruciferous vegetables contain lots of nutrients that aid in testosterone production.
If you want to prevent osteoporosis, the body needs calcium. You can get this from dairy products and green leafy vegetables. Do consume a vitamin D supplement to help the body absorb the calcium better.
9. Poor sleep
What you need here is magnesium. You can get it from cashew nuts, green leafy vegetables, seeds, etc. You may notice that green leafy vegetables keep appearing. That’s how powerful they are.
Blood pressure problems are almost always mitigated by reducing your salt intake. As we age, our sense of taste deteriorates. So, you may end up consuming more salt than necessary. Bear this in mind.
Follow the tips above and choose the foods in your diet wisely. You are what you eat.
“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” – Doug Larson