Healthy Nutrition as We Age

Nutrition and Aging

Healthy foods can do amazing things for your independence, health and longevity. When you make eating well a priority, your body is better equipped to fight illness-causing toxins, keep weight in check, and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, and cancer. When you make eating well and regular physical activity priorities, you can continue to enjoy independence as you age.

As we grow older our bodies naturally require fewer calories, but we still need plenty of nutrients to help us avoid chronic fatigue, poor digestion, poor metabolic function, unplanned weight loss and illness. Here are the five most important nutrients for aging adults and foods you can easily add to your diet:

  • Calcium for strong teeth and bones
    • Examples include: cheese, yogurt, beans and almonds
  • Vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium, maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis
    • Examples include: egg yolks, tuna, mackerel, salmon and orange juice
  • Vitamin B12 for proper nerve function, brain health and to slow cognitive decline in women
    • Examples include: eggs, trout, salmon, beef, liver and chicken
  • Fiber for proper digestion and to prevent age-related illnesses
    • Examples include: bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes, strawberries and raspberries
  • Protein to maintain muscle mass and strength
    • Examples include: chicken, eggs, almonds, oats and broccoli

Aging well with proper nutrition

The dietary department at Windsor Health and Rehabilitation Center is ready to develop a personalized treatment plan so you can enjoy your highest level of health. Get started today with these quick tips:

  • Stay hydrated to avoid constipation
  • Add supplements to aid digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss
  • Eat nutrient-rich foods to feel better
  • Eat fiber with every meal or snack to promote proper digestion and ward off many age-related illnesses
  • Add omega-3 fatty acids to keep your brain healthy

Eating well can help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to thrive. Contact us at 904-964-3383 to find out how our safe, effective senior rehabilitation services provides complete support for your total well-being.