Though many seniors consider soda their favorite drink, it may be time to remove it from their diets. Research suggests regular consumption of soda can have a negative impact on elderly health. However, there are many alternatives to soda that can help keep your senior loved one both hydrated and healthy. Kitchener at-home care experts have put together a list of some to consider.
The primary drink everyone should consume is water. The health benefits of drinking water outweigh those of any other beverage. Water is a natural diuretic, and it can increase your loved one’s lifespan, keep his or her kidneys and liver working properly, and promote proper hydration.
Infused water has become popular among the elderly. Is has the same health benefits as plain water, but offers more bold flavor varieties. The addition of cucumber, berries, mint, or lemon can make a profound difference in the taste of water, and it also adds vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to an already healthy beverage.
Unsweetened Green Tea
Green tea is a wonderful choice if your loved one wants a caffeinated drink. Tea offers the same stimulant effect as soda, but without all of the harsh chemicals. Green tea has antioxidant properties and has been proven to flush the body of toxins and prevent some types of cancer. It also has a smooth flavor, promotes healthy bowels, and provides hydration.
Orange juice, in raw form or organic, has a vast amount of health benefits for the elderly. Drinking an 8-ounce glass of orange juice with breakfast daily can boost your loved one’s immune system and help fight off colds, diseases, and cancer. Orange juice is full of vitamins C and A, and it also contains potassium. It is important the juice your loved one drinks is not from concentrate to avoid unnecessary sugars that can be harmful to his or her health.
Grapefruit juice has similar benefits to orange juice. However, natural grapefruit juice is low on the glycemic index, is full of antioxidants, and has anti-aging properties. It also promotes healthy skin and fights off cancer and other diseases.
To learn more about senior nutrition, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our experienced caregivers can help your loved one maintain a healthy diet by assisting with meal prep and grocery shopping, and they can also help with many other daily tasks that can promote his or her overall wellbeing. We also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, and post-stroke care Kitchener seniors and their families can rely on. For more information on our elderly care services and to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Care Managers, call (519) 590-2792 today.