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Nutrition guidelines for the elderly during the winter

Maintaining immunity during the winter is essential, especially for the elderly. They face the greatest risk of colds and the flu virus, problems such as joint pain, hypothermia (which can also lead to strokes and heart attacks), dry skin, worsening asthma attacks, respiratory problems, etc. It is very important to pay attention to your nutritional needs as you are faced with. This pandemic exacerbates seasonal challenges. Let’s take a look at some nutrition guidelines for the elderly during the winter!

Nutrition guidelines for the elderly

Here are some daily dietary nutrition tips that can help older people tackle common winter problems.

  • Omega 3 fatty acids: Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds and avocado are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial in reducing inflammation in arthritis, controlling heart disease, and also play a role in cognitive development in the elderly.
  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables Like all lush greens, berries, citrus fruits, root vegetables like beetroot, carrots and sweet potatoes. All of these are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber that help soothe the intestines.
  • Winter means less exposure to the sun, which causes vitamin D deficiency and impaired calcium absorption, further affecting bone health. Therefore, Vit.D fortified cereals, egg yolks, milk and dairy products should be part of your diet on a regular basis.
  • Cold climates result in low fluid intake due to the urge to urinate frequently, which can prevent our older people from maintaining optimal fluid intake. Including hot soups, decaffeinated drinks, hot milk, vegetable juices, citrus fruits, and gourd vegetables can help maintain hydration. A well-hydrated body helps good digestion, transports nutrients, and improves joint and muscle performance.
  • Accustom the elderly to 5 to 6 small but frequent meals. It is essential for improving metabolism, regulating insulin levels and improving caloric intake in older people facing anorexia.

Aside from good nutrition, maintaining some basic physical activity near the home improves blood flow to all parts of the body and joints by helping better digestion and better metabolism. Equally important for reducing pain and muscle stiffness.

We hope that these nutritional guidelines for the elderly in winter will help care for their families and the elderly around them. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.Check out for more information on the healthy lives of older people Healthy reading Or join a LIVE session by an expert. GOQii Play..

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