Today is the first day of the rest of your life. There’s no better way to start than by making healthy choices for your mind and body. Proper nutrition is important no matter how old we are, but the older we get, the more our bodies rely on nutrients to stay healthy. As we age our immune system naturally declines along with our appetite, sense of thirst and digestion.
The right kind of foods can help replenish our health reserves and avoid unplanned weight loss, energy loss, chronic fatigue and illness. Foods high in certain nutrients become essential for older adults. The next time you sit down to a meal, make sure your plate is filled with these five nutrients:
Fiber helps aid proper digestion, ward off constipation and prevent diseases and illnesses that commonly come with age like high cholesterol, diabetes and colorectal cancer.
Aging bodies need more protein to maintain muscle mass, strength and other physiological functions.
Bones naturally lose calcium as we age. Getting enough calcium in our diet is essential for keeping our teeth and bones strong.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is calcium’s partner as it helps the body absorb calcium, maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
- Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 promotes proper nerve function and brain health.
Getting older and staying healthy with proper nutrition
The dietary department at Ventura Health and Rehabilitation Center is ready to help you reclaim your health and hope. Our certified dietary managers can provide the nutritional and rehabilitation support you need to help you regain your independence and health. Here are a few easy changes you can make to stay healthy as you age:
- Avoid dehydration
Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content.
- Try supplements
Talk to your doctor to find out if supplements are right for your digestion, brain health and bone density.
- Eat 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.
- Add fiber to every meal
Fiber helps promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently.
- Eat more fish
Salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and can help keep your brain healthy.
The skilled team of specialists at Ventura Health and Rehabilitation Center are dedicated to safe, effective senior rehabilitation services. Call 561-736-6000 to find out how we can help you live a healthy, active and independent lifestyle.