The Connection Between Aging Well and Food
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You are what you eat” spoken at one time or another during your lifetime. It may be cliché, but it’s true. The food we eat fuels our bodies, so it’s important to give them the nutrients they need to stay as healthy as possible.
It’s common for aging adults to experience a natural loss of appetite—but that doesn’t mean you should start skipping meals or eating only when you’re hungry. In fact, proper nutrition plays an essential role in helping older adults avoid chronic fatigue, poor digestion, poor metabolic function, unplanned weight loss and illness.
The five most important nutrients for older adults are:
- Calcium—Essential for strong teeth and bones.
- Vitamin D—Helps the body absorb calcium, maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
- Vitamin B12—Promotes proper nerve function and brain health, increasing B12 intake may also help slow cognitive decline in women.
- Fiber—Helps aid proper digestion as well as prevent age-related diseases and illnesses like high cholesterol, diabetes and colorectal cancer.
- Protein—Essential for maintaining muscle mass, strength and other physiological functions.
Aging well with proper nutrition
The dietary department at Rosewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center has a skilled and experienced team that can help you reclaim your best health. You can get started on better health today with these easy tips:
- Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration.
- Dark green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats should account for most, if not all, of the food you consume.
- Fiber helps promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently and protects you from many age-related illnesses.
- Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts can help keep your brain healthy.
- Talk to your doctor to find out how you can aid digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss with supplements.
Eating well lowers your risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to thrive. Contact us at (850) 430-0500 to find out how our safe, effective senior rehabilitation services can help restore your health.