Avoid malnutrition - get your vitamin D!

Avoid malnutrition with Burren Smoked Salmon Photo: Lotte Meijer on Unsplash

Avoiding Malnutrition In Later Life

Vitamin D becomes especially difficult for our bodies to produce over time which leads to less bone density, increasing the risk of health problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Eating oily fish is the best way to ensure you are getting the Vitamin D  that your body badly needs in order for it to stay strong and healthy. Burren smoked salmon is very low in salt yet high in Omega 3, making it the healthiest fish you could possibly eat. Eating foods that are high in salt has been proven to increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease. People are often reluctant to include a great deal of fish into their diet because of its salt content but because locally sourced, organic Salmon is low in fat, it is naturally extremely low in sodium as well.

How The Irish Population Is Constantly Ageing

Looking after your health and nutrition becomes more and more important the older you get. A thought-provoking nutrition and health study from University College Dublin found that by 2049, one in four Irish people will be aged 65 years or over, compared to one in nine currently. UCD suggest that as many as 70,000 Irish people over the age of 65 will be at risk of malnutrition if Ireland experience a similar elderly population growth that has been seen in the UK where 35% of the  population over the age of 65 are currently suffering with some form of deficiency of protein, calories, vitamins and minerals.

While malnutrition is not a health problem that is confined to the elderly generation, the risk of malnutrition increases with age as our bodies become less effective at both absorbing and producing certain key essential nutrients. Getting the right nutrients in your diet is easy when you break it down into a few simple steps. If the malnutrition issue in Ireland’s elderly population is adequately addressed it could prevent avoidable mortalities and health problems as well as reducing the burden on the health system.

Unusual Combinations Can Combat Malnutrition

Drinking more liquids is also a great way to ensure optimum nutrition and health during the later years of life. As you get older your body is less effective at storing water and so it is really important to keep hydrated. Drinking green tea is a great way to get your recommended daily liquid intake in while reaping a whole host of health benefits at the same time. Green tea can be enjoyed hot or cold and even makes a great ingredient in some amazing salmon recipes. Green tea and salmon is a winning combination that provides just about everything you need for a perfectly balanced meal full of nutrient-rich, locally sourced salmon.