Healthy Nutrition and Aging
It’s important to eat well and make healthy lifestyle choices at any age, but it becomes even more important to fuel our bodies with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy as we age. Physiological changes that occur naturally as we age can lead to reduced appetite and therefore decreased food intake. But it’s important to realize we still need just as many (if not more) nutrients to avoid unplanned weight loss, energy loss, chronic fatigue and illness.
Here are the five most important nutrients for older adults:
Essential for strong teeth and bones.
- Vitamin D
Maintains bone density and helps prevent osteoporosis.
- Vitamin B12
Promotes proper nerve function and brain health.
Aids proper digestion, wards off constipation, prevents diseases and illnesses (e.g., high cholesterol, diabetes and colorectal cancer).
Maintains muscle mass, strength and other physiological functions.
Getting older and staying healthy with proper nutrition
The dietary department at Lake Placid Health and Rehabilitation Center is ready to help restore your health by providing the total nutritional, emotional, social and spiritual support you need. Here are a few ways you can start living a more healthy lifestyle today:
- Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration and constipation.
- Talk to your doctor to find out how you can aid digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss with supplements.
- Eat a colorful plate of fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats to get the nutrients you need.
- Fiber helps promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently and protects you from many age-related illnesses.
- Salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts can help keep your brain healthy with their high omega-3 content.
Proper nutrition can help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and lower your risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Our certified dietary managers are dedicated to safe, effective senior rehabilitation services. If you’re interested in a personal care assessment, call 863-465-7200 to find out how we can help you live your best, most healthy life.