Get those Z’s
As much as some aged people fear the thought of sleeping, since it is often related to the “final sleep” or death, everyone must sleep to function properly. There are even some studies that proved that lack of sleep might cause death. The brain also tends to feel abused and deteriorate faster if it is not getting enough rest, just like the body. Aging people must get all the rest they can and must have the proper amount of sleep needed by the body. For older people, their bodies tend to use more energy in doing simple things. Getting rest after a tiresome day is just right. Similar to children, a minimum of eight hours a day is recommended.
Like sleep and exercise, a balanced diet is important for a healthy and long life. Aging people might have different needs compared to younger people, but just the same, it must be filled with vitamins, nutrients, and carbs among others. According to the US government, the standard diet of aging people must contain three servings of whole grains, bunches of micronutrients in plant ingredients, five servings of fruits and vegetables, and five to eight glasses of water per day. When it comes to fats, it must be limited. In the totality of the diet designed for aging people, it must be composed of 35% fat, mostly unsaturated and from food like meal and olive oil; 15% from protein including meat; and 50% from simple carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables as well as from complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, wild rice, and whole wheat bread. It’s a well-known fact that eating right can help prevent conditions such as heart disease and is even known to be an effective sciatica treatment.
Another thing for aging people to consider is to pace their eating. Small meals throughout the day is better than few huge meals. There is also a simple rule when it comes to eating, the Rule of Twos–eat two times more often than usual, have half of the usual portion, and chew the food two times longer. This will help the body break down the food better, improve nutrient absorption, and help avoid heartburn. Recommended is six small meals a day rather than three huge meals.
This post contributed by Marc Saunders, editor-in-chief at www.dolcesf.com. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.