Malnutrition is an often misunderstood and under-diagnosed condition that can be very dangerous and even life-threatening in seniors.
Despite popular misconception, malnutrition does not just include a lack of eating. The definition of malnutrition also includes failing to eat enough food with nutritional value.
Unfortunately malnutrition is an issue that too many seniors across the country are facing.
The condition has several damaging effects on the body. It can weaken the immune system which leads to slow healing or a higher risk of infection and it can weaken the muscles which can lead to dangerous falls and loss of balance.
There are several situations that can result in malnutrition in adults.
Certain health issues can decrease or alter the appetite in older individuals.
Dietary restrictions that are established to combat certain healths issue can also unintentionally lead to poor eating habits.
Depression can be a proponent of malnutrition, where the individual loses interest in daily activities including preparing and eating nutritious food.
There is one very important ways to combat malnutrition and to encourage the elderly people in your life to eat well and often.
Substitute non-nutritious foods with healthier options.
Some healthy food options taste better than the junk food choice. Depending on your budget and your dietary restrictions, there are many healthier options for everyone
Find a healthy snack to munch on. It is way too easy to just find a bag of salty chips or pretzels, but a handful of almonds or a box of raisins can be just as filling and has nutritional value.
Incorporating healthy, nutritious foods into your daily routine will not only keep your palette satisfied, it will keep you living longer, healthier and happier.
What are your favorite healthy foods? Please leave your thoughts in the Comments section!