The older we get, the more important it is to fuel our bodies with the nutrients they need to stay healthy. In fact, eating a well-balanced diet is an important part of lowering your risk of developing chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
The five most important nutrients for older adults are:
Fiber aids proper digestion, wards off constipation, and helps 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 lean protein like skinless chicken, turkey and pork chops to maintain muscle mass, strength and other physiological functions.
- Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 promotes proper nerve function and brain health.
Getting enough calcium in our diet is essential for keeping our teeth and bones strong.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
Staying healthy as you age with proper nutrition
It’s time to get the nutrition and rehabilitation support you need to stay healthy in your 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. Out certified dietary managers want to share a few tips that can help you prevent deficiencies and other age-related issues:
Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration.
Talk to your doctor to find out how you can aid digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss with supplements.
- Nutrient-rich foods
Dark green leafy vegetables, 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
Eating foods like salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts can help keep your brain healthy.
Proper nutrition can help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to thrive. It can also help lower your risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. We are dedicated to safe, effective senior rehabilitation services. Contact us at 850-526-3191 to learn more about our individualized plans and services.