Aging Well with Healthy Nutrition
While some people may have the added fortune of good genes, you may find yourself wondering how someone in their 60s, 70s, or even 80s can look years younger.
It’s not magic or magical serums that keep people looking youthful—it’s the small, consistent, healthy choices they make every day. It’s choosing to be physically active every day. It’s choosing to eat the right kinds of foods. And it’s saying no to sugar and saturated fats more often than not.
How can proper nutrition help me age well?
You may have noticed your appetite isn’t as big as it used to be; that’s because older adults need fewer daily calories. But, it’s important to know that even though you may not feel as hungry, you still need just as many or more nutrients every day. Make sure you’re giving your body what it needs to be healthy with these tips:
- Stay hydrated
Sometimes thirst manifests as low energy or sleepiness as you get older. Stay hydrated to promote digestion, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
- Eat fiber at every meal
Give your digestion a helping hand with fiber-rich foods.
- Get more omega-3s
Most commonly found in cold-water fish, omega-3 fatty acids help keep your brain healthy and are essential to cognitive and physical development.
- Eat the rainbow
The more colorful your plate is, the more likely you’re getting the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
- Ask about supplements
Even if you eat a balanced, whole-food diet, you may still be missing vital nutrients. Talk to your doctor to find out if supplements are right for you.
The certified dietary managers at DeBary Health and Rehabilitation Center can help you live your best, most healthy life well into your golden years. Our senior rehabilitation services are ready to guide you on how to eat a well-balanced diet and stay as healthy as possible as you age.