Eating Healthy as We Age
As you age it becomes increasingly important to feed your body the right nutrients and maintain a healthy weight. In fact, these two things have a direct impact on your independence and activity level. Physical activity and proper nutrition also help you spend less time (and money) at the doctor—even if you have a chronic condition like heart disease or diabetes.
The definition of healthy eating changes as you age, however. As you grow older, your metabolism slows down, so you need fewer calories. Your body also needs more vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, protein and fiber. That means it’s more important than ever to carefully plan your meals for maximum nutritional value.
As we embark on this brand new year and decade, the certified dietary managers at Specialty Health and Rehabilitation Center want to challenge us all to eat well and stay physically active to see how our bodies and minds benefit.
Will you join us?
At Specialty Health and Rehabilitation Center, you always have a place in our community of care. We’ll help ensure you’re getting the right nutrition and proper rehabilitation you need to support your changing health care needs.
How can nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?
Though older adults may not need as many daily calories, our nutrient needs are the same. That’s why it’s extremely important to eat nutrient-rich, whole foods every day. Here are a few easy changes you can make to start feeling better:
Older adults have a diminished sense of thirst, so it’s important to drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration and constipation.
- Eat nutrient-rich foods
Filling your plate with dark green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats can help keep older adults healthy.
- Eat fiber at every meal
Like metabolism, digestion also slows naturally with age, which can lead to constipation, bloating and gas. Fiber-rich foods help promote proper digestion and avoid abdominal discomfort.
- Eat more omega-3 fatty acids
Adding foods like salmon, tuna, trout, flaxseed and walnuts to your diet will help support healthy brain function and memory.
- Ask about supplements
A daily dose of B12, vitamin D and calcium can help digestion and prevent bone loss—two things everyone needs additional help with as we age.
At Specialty Health and Rehabilitation Center, our senior rehabilitation services can help you get back to living life your way in a positive, encouraging setting. We’re ready to help you enjoy a long, healthy and active life.