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Why Seniors Should Adopt the Japanese Diet

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

It is important for seniors to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle that leads to good health and longevity. Colorado Springs elder care professionals suggest adopting a traditional Japanese diet, which is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world and offers numerous health benefits. 

1.Omega-3-Rich Seafood

The Japanese diet is packed with seafood, especially fish like tuna and salmon. The omega-3 fatty acids in these types of fish are important for maintaining a healthy heart. These nutrients protect the cardiovascular system as seniors age. They also protect the brain, which could help stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

2. Fruit for Dessert 

Instead of finishing their meal with a slice of cake or pie, people in Japan usually enjoy a platter of fruit for dessert. This means less sugar and white flour and more vitamins and nutrients. Popular options include apples, strawberries, melons, grapes, pears, and citrus fruits. Seniors can choose whatever fruit is in season for a healthy treat. 

3. Smaller Portion Sizes 

Anyone who has visited Japan might have been surprised at the food portions the locals eat, which are typically half the size of the portion sizes in the average American meal. Smaller portions mean less temptation to overeat, which is one of the major causes of obesity. Eating less is one way many Japanese people manage to stay slim. Encourage your loved one to control portion sizes. 

4. Green Tea

Many people in Japan have a cup of green tea with their meals or after they eat. There are  many health benefits of drinking green tea. Studies have shown that it helps regulate high blood pressure, lower high blood sugar levels, and reduce cholesterol levels. Your loved can boost his or her immune system by drinking green tea during meals. Green tea is known to contain antioxidants that may reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, and reduce the signs of aging.

To learn about other healthy aspects of the Japanese diet, reach out to Home Care Assistance. In addition to assisting with a wide variety of daily living tasks, our experienced caregivers can help your loved one shop for healthy ingredients and prepare healthy meals in accordance with the Japanese diet. We provide reliable 24-hour and respite home care. Colorado Springs, CO, families can call (719) 822-1229 and speak with a qualified Care Manager about the types of elder care services we offer and schedule a no-obligation consultation.

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