Aging Well with Healthy Nutrition
Have you ever met someone that didn’t look his or her age? While some people have the added fortune of good genes, you may find yourself wondering how someone in their 50s, 60s or even 70s can look years younger than they actually are.
The answer lies in small choices you make every day. It’s reaching for an apple instead of an Oreo, or having a second helping of spinach instead of mashed potatoes, or taking a walk instead of watching your favorite show.
If you want to learn how to live your best, healthiest life well into your golden years, the certified dietary managers at Shelby Health and Rehabilitation Center can help. We want to help you get the proper nutrition and rehabilitation you need to support your unique healthcare needs.
How can nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?
While it’s true that older adults need fewer calories, they have the same nutrient requirements as when they were younger. Here are a few easy changes you can make to your diet to help prevent nutritional deficiencies:
- Drink (and eat) more water
Don’t trust your lack of thirst. Sometimes thirst manifests as low energy or sleepiness as you get older. To avoid constipation and to keep your kidney’s working well, drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content, like watermelon and cucumbers.
- Eat more fiber
Our digestive system naturally slows with age, which can lead to constipation, gas and bloating. Eating foods rich in fiber promotes proper digestion by helping food move through the digestive tract more efficiently.
- Eat more omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3s, most commonly found in cold water fish, are essential to cognitive and physical development. Keep your brain healthy as you age with salmon, tuna and trout. And if fish doesn’t appeal to you, add in more flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and soybeans.
- Choose more nutrient-rich foods
You may have heard the phrase “eat the rainbow.” The color of your food can tell you a lot about its nutritional value and the more colorful your plate is, the more likely you’re getting the nutrients you need to be healthy.
- Find out if supplements are right for you
Even if you eat a balanced, whole-food diet, you may still be missing vital nutrients. Talk to your doctor to find out if B12, vitamin D, calcium or other supplements can help increase your energy levels, strengthen your immune system and restore brain function.
At Shelby Health and Rehabilitation Center, our senior rehabilitation services include ongoing nutritional guidance on how to eat a well-balanced diet and stay as healthy as possible as you grow older. Our certified dietary managers are eager to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and energy level as well as get the nutrients you need to live a long and healthy life.