Healthy Nutrition as We Age

The Connection Between Food and Aging Well

You are what you eat. What you choose to consume has profound effects on your overall health. When you eat healthy foods, you reduce your intake of fat and sugar. When you practice portion control, you maintain a healthy body weight and avoid chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Healthy nutrition is important for everyone, but is particularly important as we age. Though we may not need as many calories as we once did, we need just as many (if not more) nutrients to stay strong, active and healthy. As we grow older it’s important to think of food as fuel for our bodies. When you think of it as a tool for health, it’s easier to make healthy decisions. Here are five important nutrients you should add to your food toolbox every day:

  • Vitamin D
    Helps the body absorb calcium, maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
  • Vitamin B12
    Promotes proper nerve function and brain health. For women, it may also slow cognitive decline.
  • Calcium
    Supports strong teeth and bones.
  • Fiber
    Supports proper digestion and prevents age-related concerns like high cholesterol, diabetes and colorectal cancer.
  • Protein
    Maintains muscle mass, strength and other physiological functions.

Food nourishes and protects your body

Eating well helps older adults avoid chronic fatigue, poor digestion, poor metabolic function, unplanned weight loss and illness.

The dietary department at Coastal Health and Rehabilitation Center has a skilled and experienced team that’s ready to help support your nutritional and unique healthcare needs. Get started on a healthier lifestyle with these tips:

  • Eat more omega-3 fatty acids. They are found in salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts and can help keep your brain healthy.
  • Eat more dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats to get the nutrients you need.
  • Eat more fiber to promote proper digestion and lower your risk for age-related illnesses.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration.
  • Talk to your doctor to find out how you can aid digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss with supplements.

Contact Coastal Health and Rehabilitation Center at 386-274-4575 to find out how our senior rehabilitation services, which include medical, nutritional, mental and behavioral treatments, can help you achieve your highest level of health.