Senior living: Healthy diets

January, 2013

As one gets older their immune system deteriorates making them more susceptible to ill health. There are many ways for relatives to stay healthy in later years, one being diet. So today we bring you nutritional advice for the elderly from Dr. Sarah Schenker on immune boosting foods:

Beef – A rich source of protein, especially amino acids which their immune system needs. The vegetarian option, soya bean products, also contain all essential amino acids. As an alternative you can try chicken.

Probiotic yoghurt – Probiotic bacteria can help reduce the risk of gut infection as well as easing symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). You can also try probiotic drinks.

Olive oil – Another crucial vitamin for boosting the immune system is vitamin E. Olive oil is a great source of vitamin E and mono-unsaturated fats which are not only good for your immune system but also your heart. You could also try nuts and seeds.

Sardines – A rich source of omega-3 fats, another another crucial nutrient for cells of the immune system. You could also try salmon and mackerel.

A healthy and balanced diet plays a strong part in long term care for the elderly. For relatives with specific conditions we recommend speaking to your GP about individual dietary concerns and advice.

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