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Dietary Suggestions For A Healthy Lifestyle

At any age, eating well and keeping fit are important. However, as we age, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is even more crucial. Learn more about changes you and your loved ones can make to help improve your diet with CareFirst in Birmingham, AL. 

Stay Hydrated 

It’s no secret that drinking water is important, but why? At any age, staying hydrated is important to body functionality. Water keeps the mind and organs functioning at capacity. When we are dehydrated, we may experience fatigue, dizziness, and even nausea. Thus, drinking the recommended 8-10 glasses of water a day is essential.
It can be hard to remember to drink water, especially if you work with a busy schedule. Stay proactive! Carry a water bottle with you. Start and end your day with a glass of water, and try replacing your daily soda or juice with water. In no time, you will find that your body has more energy. 

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables 

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for a healthy lifestyle. What we need to realize is just how important they are. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, more than half of your plate at every meal should consist of fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which are vital to your immune system. Fruits and greens can help reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes. Fibers from foods like fruits, vegetables, and grains can help improve your digestion. They can also help you control weight, which can be important especially if you are restricted in how much you can exercise. 

Opt for Healthy Fats 

Saturated fats found in dishes with a lot of butter, oils, or meat can raise your bad cholesterol levels, which, in turn, can lead to a higher risk of heart disease. To cut back on such fats, opt for healthier alternatives to some of those foods. For example, instead of eating beef, try turkey! Instead of eating processed foods that are high in fat, like potato chips, try healthier snacks like toast and avocado!
Did you know some fats are actually good for you? Avocados, cheese, nuts, and dark chocolate (yes, even dark chocolate!) contain vitamins and minerals like potassium, B12, and vitamin D. These good fats can help increase your HDL or “good cholesterol” while also decreasing your LDL or “bad cholesterol.” 

Learn More with CareFirst 

Our goal at CareFirst is to provide safe, secure, and dependable care for your loved ones. Can we help your family? Learn more about the services that we offer. Contact CareFirst today!