Everybody needs antioxidants in their bodies, no matter what age. As for seniors, the need may increase because of possible concomitant diseases.
Decreased metabolism that is present in aging along with reduced food intake, deterioration of taste, reduced absorption of nutrients, and lowered appetite can lead to a reduced intake of nutrients in the elderly. A study has shown that the elderly had the least consumption of antioxidants and flavonoids because of their small food intake.
Our non-medical home care services can help seniors manage nutrient deficiency by assisting them in preparing their meals and overseeing their eating habits. If you believe that your senior loved ones are skipping their meals, you can ask a health professional about the possible options that can improve their appetite.
A below-average amount of antioxidants in the blood has been linked to an increased risk of disease development. But supplementation with synthetic antioxidants cannot immediately be recommended for all. You must always ask your healthcare provider first if you can take synthetic antioxidants rather than natural ones. In addition to antioxidants, one must also stick to a healthy lifestyle like exercising regularly, eating a balanced and healthy diet, and getting rid of unhealthy habits like tobacco smoking, drug use, and drinking alcohol. In other words, steps for personal care must always be taken.
The best way to get antioxidants into your system is to eat lots of vegetables and fruits. These are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. Our home care in St. George, Utah can help you with your daily healthy eating habit needs.
Avoid malnutrition and reduced antioxidant intake by calling Covenant Care today for assistance! We also provide veterans care in Utah.