Healthy eating is smart at any age but can be more beneficial as you get older. A good diet helps maintain muscle and bone strength and keeps your energy level high. To meet your nutritional needs, eat foods that are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Try to put a limit on foods that are high in processed sugars, saturated and trans fats, and salt. Everyone has different medical conditions so adjust your diet for what suits your medical needs!
Because your sense of smell and taste change over time, some people overcompensate by adding lots of salt to their foods, which can result in high blood pressure. Because your sense of thirst also decreases as you age, make sure you consume water whenever you sit down for a meal.
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