5 Foods To Avoid As You Age

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The first step towards good health is to eat right. Though you can’t stop aging, you can control what you’re eating. As we age, our bodies change – not just in appearance but also in work mechanism. Our meals may take a longer time to digest. We may feel less thirsty and not drink enough water as you used to. We might have a hard time chewing. When these things keep you from eating well, consult with your doctor immediately. Here are some of the foods that your doctor may stop you from eating:

1. Caffeine

Caffeine is not a problem for everyone, however, some people may feel jittery or anxious after drinking coffee. Moreover, coffee can increase heart rate and can lead to sleep issues. If you’re trying to cut back on coffee, make sure to taper off slowly. Don’t stop drinking coffee immediately as it may cause headaches, nausea, or vomiting. Try to replace your caffeinated drinks with water, herbal tea, or decaf.

2. High-Salt Foods

You need to watch your sodium intake if you’re 51 or over. According to the CDC, the recommended limit of sodium intake is 2,300 mg per day. And if you’re in a high-risk group, be sure not to take more than 1,500 mg of sodium in a day. Taking much of sodium in your diet can raise your blood pressure and can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Avoid eating processed foods including salad dressings, snack foods, frozen foods, and lunch meats to limit your sodium intake. Make sure to read food labels carefully and look for “sodium free,” low-salt, or no-salt alternatives.

3. Raw Vegetables

If you have sensitive, decayed, or missing teeth, you may face difficulty in chewing raw vegetables. You can’t chew properly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them and miss out the necessary vitamins and fiber. Instead, you should eat boiled veggies or try cooking vegetables until they are softer. You can also use pureed vegetables — such as beetroot, pumpkin, or carrots in soups or stews. If you’re eating canned vegetables, make sure they’ve no added salt.

4. Alcohol

Drinking in moderate limit can help protect heart attack and stroke, however, as you age, it may affect you differently. Alcohol can disrupt your sleeping pattern and can also raise your blood pressure. Moreover, diabetic patients with drinking habit can suffer from hypoglycemia. It even affects the way medicines work. Talk to your doctor about your alcohol use.

5. Fruit

Fresh fruits are a rich source of vitamins, fiber, and other important nutrients. But as you age, you might feel difficulty in chewing or digesting fruits.  You can eat softer fruits, such as berries, bananas, and melons or eat canned fruits with no added sugar or syrup. You can also make smoothies with your favorite fruits.

Talk to your healthcare provider if you feel difficulty in eating or digesting any food.

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