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Eat Well to Prevent Falls

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You've heard it before: You are what you eat. But did you know that healthy eating can also help prevent falls? Eating nutritious foods protects bones, joints and muscles and gives you strength and stamina, which ensures that you're able to stay active and independent.

The definition of healthy eating does change a little as you age; for example, your body may need more of certain nutrients. Your metabolism also slows down, so you need fewer calories than before. This means that it is more important to choose foods that give you the best nutritional value.

The National Council on Aging recommends these steps to find the best foods for a steady body:

  • Read the Nutrition Facts label - Look for 5g or less of sugar and fat and 5g or more of fiber and protein.
  • Look for important nutrients - Choose foods that are calcium-rich and low in salt. Also, look for Vitamin D, an important mineral as we age.
  • Use recommended servings - To maintain your weight, eat the right amount of food for your age, body type and activity level.
  • Stay hydrated - Water is an important nutrient too. Staying properly hydrated prevents low blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue and confusion.