Aging Well with Healthy Nutrition
Food is fuel for your body. And just like a car, your body needs fuel to work properly. The food you eat contains substances called nutrients that provide the energy—or fuel—your body needs to make new cells, heal, fight illness, grow, play and work.
Healthy nutrition is important no matter how old you are, but the older we get, the more important it is to fuel our bodies with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. While we may not need as many calories as we grow older, we still need just as many (if not more) nutrients to live a happy and healthy life.
The five most important nutrients for older adults are:
Your bones naturally lose calcium as you get older. It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough calcium in your diet to keep your teeth and bones strong.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
- Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 promotes proper nerve function and brain health.
Fiber is essential for proper digestion, which naturally slows down as we get older. It can also help prevent diseases and illnesses that commonly come with age like high cholesterol, diabetes and colorectal cancer.
Aging bodies process protein less efficiently, so they need more of it to maintain muscle mass, strength and other physiological functions.
Getting older and staying healthy with proper nutrition
The team of skilled specialists at Brynwood Health and Rehabilitation Center is ready to help you get the proper nutrition and rehabilitation support you need for your unique healthcare needs. Here are a few ways you can get started right now:
Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration, constipation, gas and bloating.
Talk to your doctor to find out how supplements can help restore proper digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss.
- Nutrient-rich foods
Fill your plate with a colorful selection of healthy foods like dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats.
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
Keep your brain healthy with delicious cold-water fish like salmon, trout, sardines and halibut.
Eating a well-balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the right kind of nutrients you need to live a long and healthy life. Proper nutrition can also help lower your risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Our certified dietary managers are dedicated to safe, effective senior rehabilitation services. Call 850-997-1800 to find out how we can help you be as healthy as you can be, well into your golden years.