healthy eat­ing

Wanneroo Times - - News -

NU­TRI­TION myths are busted in a book­let from in-home care provider Home In­stead Se­nior Care and di­eti­cian and au­thor Ngaire Hob­bins en­ti­tled “Nu­tri­tion for se­niors: A guide to healthy habits for eat­ing well as you age”. “Re­search has found that up to 30 per cent of older peo­ple liv­ing in the com­mu­nity are ei­ther mal­nour­ished or at risk of mal­nu­tri­tion,” Ms Hob­bins said. “This is gen­er­ally the re­sult of our lack of aware­ness that se­niors have dif­fer­ent nu­tri­tion needs and their eat­ing pat­terns need to change with age to sup­port their phys­i­cal and men­tal ca­pac­ity.” She said myths in­cluded: 1. Your stom­ach shrinks as you age: Your ap­petite may change but your stom­ach doesn’t shrink as you get older. Not eat­ing well enough ac­cel­er­ates the age­ing process. 2. Weight loss is healthy: This is not the case when you are older. Di­et­ing or un­in­ten­tional weight loss should be avoided and hav­ing a bit of ex­tra pad­ding at a later age can pro­vide es­sen­tial sup­port to your body and brain for the years to come. 3. Drink wa­ter only when you are thirsty: If you feel thirsty, you are slightly de­hy­drated. De­hy­dra­tion can bring on con­fu­sion, hin­der kid­ney func­tion and wors­ens a range of other con­di­tions. 4. Sup­ple­ments are suf­fi­cient: Many sup­ple­ments are un­able to live up to their claims. A lot also in­ter­act with com­mon med­i­ca­tions or they don’t work the way they’re in­tended to if you had con­sumed them from food in­stead. 5. Al­ways eat a “proper” meal: Five or six small meals or well-cho­sen snacks can be just as ben­e­fi­cial as eat­ing three full meals a day.

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