Eating Well and Aging Well
Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the holiday season with friends, family and loved ones. We hope you treated yourself to warm, home cooked meals and even a few treats. If you stay physically active, eat well and make healthy lifestyle choices throughout the year, it’s okay to indulge in a treat or two during the holidays. But, it’s important to get back to your healthy lifestyle and routine once the celebrations are complete.
As we grow older our bodies need fewer calories, more nutrients and a little extra TLC. But how do you eat less and still get the same amount of (or more) nutrients you need to stay healthy? The answer is in the foods you eat.
How can nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?
Aging is linked to a variety of changes including loss of bone and muscle mass, increased blood pressure, dry skin and wrinkles. Now more than ever, it’s important to eat nutrient-rich, whole foods every day. Here are a few easy nutritional changes you can make to help prevent deficiencies and other age-related changes:
- More water
Not feeling as thirsty as you used to? As you age, your sense of thirst lessens and your kidneys aren’t able to conserve water as well. Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content, like strawberries and cucumbers, to avoid dehydration.
- Try supplements
Get your daily dose of vitamin B12, vitamin D and calcium. These three powerhouses help digestion and prevent bone loss—things we all need help with as we age.
- More nutrient-rich foods
Choose colorful, nutrient-rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables, juicy red tomatoes, ripe yellow bananas, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats.
- More fiber
Eating foods rich in fiber will help promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently.
- More omega-3s
Eat more salmon, tuna, trout, flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts to support healthy brain function.
At Boyington 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 work with patients to help maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients they need to live a long and healthy life.