Eating Well, Aging Well
If you want to maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and feel good as you age it’s important to give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet can boost your immunity, fight illness-causing toxins, keep you from gaining excess weight, and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, bone loss and cancer. Moreover, when healthy eating is combined with regular physical activity, it can also contribute to enhanced independence as you age. And if you ask us, that’s worth its weight in gold.
At Lake Eustis Health and Rehabilitation Center, we’re dedicated to helping each of our clients regain their health, hope and well-being.
How can proper nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?
Aging is linked to a variety of changes including nutrient deficiencies and decreased quality of life. While it’s true that older adults need fewer calories, their nutrient needs are the same or higher than when they were younger. That’s why it’s so important to eat nutrient-rich, whole foods every day. Ready to get started? Here are a few easy lifestyle changes you can make today:
- Always be hydrating
Did you know your sense of thirst diminishes with age? It’s true, and if you’re not drinking enough water you may feel fatigued or sluggish instead of thirsty. Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration.
- Add fiber to every meal
It’s easier to get constipated as we age because our digestive system naturally slows down. Eating fiber-foods at every meal helps move food through the digestive tract so you can stay regular.
- Keep your plate colorful
Choose nutrient-rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats to ensure you’re giving your body plenty of healthy fuel.
- Add more omega-3s to your diet
Add foods like salmon, tuna, trout, flaxseed and walnuts to your diet to support healthy brain function.
- Consider supplements
Supplements can help you get your daily dose of B12, vitamin D and calcium. These three powerhouses help digestion and prevent bone loss—two things that we all need help with as we age.
The senior rehabilitation services at Lake Eustis Health and Rehabilitation Center will guide you on how to eat a nutritional, well-balanced diet—so you can stay healthy as you grow older. Our certified dietary managers are skilled in developing tailored nutritional plans that can help fuel your best healing.