Eating Healthy as We Age
A new year means new beginnings for many people, especially when it comes to fitness and weight loss goals. In fact, losing weight and getting fit are two of the most common new year’s resolutions in America. Eating well and staying physically fit is important at any age, but it becomes increasingly important as we grow older. In fact, maintaining a healthy diet helps older adults lower their risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more.
At Wave Crest Health and Rehabilitation Center, eating well isn’t just a new year’s resolution; it’s a way of life. Our dietary department has developed hundreds of tailored nutritional and rehabilitation plans for people just like you. We are dedicated to supporting your ongoing and changing healthcare needs throughout your life.
How can nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?
Though older adults may not need as many daily calories as they once did, they still have the same or higher nutritional needs. That’s why it’s extremely important to eat nutrient-rich, whole foods and lean meats every day. If you want to look good and feel great well into your golden years, it’s important to avoid foods that are full of saturated fats and trans fats as they accelerate aging. Our certified dietary managers can help you slow the pace of aging with a nutrient-rich diet that’s chock full of fiber and low on calories. If you’re eager to get started, here are a few easy changes you can implement today:
- Drink lots of water
To avoid uncomfortable situations like dehydration, constipation, bloating and gas, make sure to drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content. As you age, your sense of thirst may lessen and you may feel tired or sluggish instead.
- Eat lots of nutrient-rich foods
Make the switch to nutrient-dense foods like dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats to help slow the aging process and keep your body healthy.
- Eat lots of fiber
Eat fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts to encourage proper digestion, a bodily function that naturally slows with age.
- Eat lots of omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in cold water fish, are good for brain function and memory.
- Try supplements
A daily dose of B12, vitamin D and calcium helps digestion and prevents bone loss—two things everyone needs additional help with as we age.
At Wave Crest Health and Rehabilitation Center, our senior rehabilitation services provide ongoing nutritional guidance to help older adults eat healthy, well-balanced meals. It’s time to get the plan you need to maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to live a long and healthy life.